Trike (Pedicab) Ride for Seniors

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The weather was perfect for a pedicab trip to Peninsula Park. (Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

The weather was perfect for a pedicab trip to Peninsula Park.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A cohort of residents at local senior housing facilities took a roll through North Portland in style Wednesday, including one 96-year-old taking her first cycle trip ever.

Organized by local bicycling advocate and Providence Elderplace optometrist A.J. Zelada and sponsored by Providence as an Earth Day-themed event in its Elderplace program, the pedicab and cargo bike ride from North Albina Avenue to Peninsula Park drew smiles from participants of at least four generations.

“I rode a bicycle,” said Luu Quaiuu, a native Cantonese speaker, in broken English, before being helped into the bucket of a cargo trike. “But now I’m very old.”


TakeAways

Our bike club has had members who were able to ride two-wheeled uprights well into their 90s. Some were even doing century rides at the age of 80-years-young. Amazing!

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Along with helping our seniors ‘stay in the game‘ it should be noted that riding with children is not wasted energy. Any ride on a bicycle is a ‘real ride‘.

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