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Cycling without age

Samantha Boring
Created: July 29, 2020 07:13 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - Being stuck inside has been difficult for many of us during the pandemic, but the people who live at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester now have a new way to enjoy the summer breeze. 

A trishaw is a three-wheeled vehicle. Similar to a bike where someone pedals and the other person rides in the front to enjoy the ride. Trishaws became a part of the program "Cycling without Age" in 2012. Starting in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Ole Kassow. This became a way for senior citizens to once again enjoy a bike ride. Samaritan Bethany here in Rochester waited a year to get their first trishaw and have finally started to get the program up and running after some bumps in the road due to weather and the pandemic. "As a way to get our residents out, back into the community. Feeling the fresh air on their face, the wind in their hair as we say it. A sense of freedom and independence that they don't have," said Dean Stenehjem, who is the foundation and development leader at Samaritan Bethany. 

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The workers have been taking the residents on the rides, but for the future, they are hoping to open the rides to volunteers or family members to be trained on the trishaws to allow for more rides. For safety reasons right now, the workers are the only operators of the trishaws. The workers have been taking the residents down Silver Lake to enjoy the fresh air. "We stop and take a look at the geese. They don't hear those quacks and honks. We stop and take a look at the flowers, the shrubs, and the shorelines. They say oh my gosh I have forgotten all about this," Stenehjem said. Samaritan Bethany has had no problems getting residents to ride and say they really do enjoy cycling on the trishaws. 


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