An Orléans seniors home is launching a new program that gives seniors an opportunity to get outside and cycle, while a volunteer does the pedaling. Earlier this week, Bruyère Continuing Care announced a three-month pilot project called ‘Cycling Without Age’. The program will allow seniors to ride on trails along the Ottawa River in trikes that resemble rickshaws. The Director of therapeutic services, Karen Lemaire, says they have team of 21 volunteers ready to take seniors on bike tours immediately. Karen says, “I’m sure many of them used to enjoy riding a bike but aren’t able to do that for themselves anymore. If we can provide that experience to them, then I think we are doing our job.”
For now, they only have one of the specialized trikes. They are manufactured in Denmark and come with a hefty price tag of about $9,000. If all goes well, Bruyère is aiming to buy more of the bicycles by next spring. This could be a great fundraising project for a community group? Just sayin’!
Photo Credit: Twitter