Feeling the Wind in Your Face, Again

Posted by: Debbie Parrett - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

With aging, people often lose the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as a bike ride. Now seniors at St. Leonard (Centerville, OH) can enjoy a bike ride around campus and feel the wind in their hair, sun on their face, and share stories with their personal bike driver.

New receptionist at The Franciscan Center and volunteer Theresa Gilbert offers seniors a ride around campus on a trishaw bike. Monday mornings, Theresa spends a few hours cycling residents around campus as part of the Cycling Without Age program. It is another way that St. Leonard encourages seniors to have a vital life.

Residents love it. They say: “I feel like a kid again. I love it.” “I love feeling the breeze on my face.” “This is fun.”

A special thank you to Glen Evans, an Oakwood police officer, who created a non-profit organization and invested his own funds to purchase the trishaw bike from Norway along with a trailer to carry it. He loans the bike to Theresa to provide these special rides.

Thank you Theresa for bringing this fun idea to St. Leonard.

To learn more about the Cycling Without Age program and see if volunteers and bikes are available in your area, go to https:// cyclingwithoutage.com/chapters-usa/ for more details.