“You make everyone smile.”
Cycling Without Age Marathon County Treasurer Michelle Klein had no reservations about getting involved with the nonprofit once she saw the trishaws, the unique bikes used to drive those with limited mobility, for herself.
The bikes can carry two passengers in front with a pilot, steering behind. Typically they cruise along under 6 miles per hour but the power-assisted trishaw can navigate easily and faster when needed. Marathon County has 30 trained pilots and three agencies still organizing weekly rides during the pandemic.
At The Landing, participants can sign up for rides at 9:30 and 11:00 am Tuesday mornings or 1:30 and 3:00 pm Thursday afternoons, while weather permits. Masks are recommended during the ride and a vinyl barrier has been installed on the trishaw between the pilot and riders. Also for safety, the trishaw is sanitized between each ride. Community members may register, free of charge, by emailing [email protected] or calling 715-845-2177.
Trishaw rides around Wausau’s River Life Trail give an impressive view of the downtown area with river views. This summer, pilots are also taking residents of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living Center out to enjoy the outdoors on the trishaws. Riders from Opportunity Inc. have rides available to them twice a week.
Klein is also a Cycling Without Age pilot and said one of the best aspects for her is the wonderful opportunity it gives the pilots and riders to engage and help seniors fight isolation. They can share stories, enjoy nature together and a shared love of cycling.
Thanks to tremendous community support, Marathon County has five available trishaws for community members to enjoy. One is based at The Landing, thanks to the generosity of local donors.
The global Cycling Without Age organization began in 2012 in Denmark as a way to give the elderly or others who couldn’t bike themselves the freedom to still get out and ride. Now more than 2,200 chapters exist around the world with more than 33,000 pilots getting their riders back on wheels!
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