JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Legacy Lodge has created a Cycling Without Age chapter in Jackson Hole, and that’s exciting news for the many elderly residents who would enjoy the experience and benefits of biking but can no longer do so… at least not under their own power.
Cycling Without Age Jackson Hole is an affiliate of the global movement of the same name began in Denmark by Ole Kassow. And it is already garnering popularity around the world.
A Cycling Without Age affiliate is part of a generous and bustling global community. Chapters start out by fundraising for their first bike. Affiliates are changemakers on a mission to beat social isolation and create joyous communities across generations connected through a worldwide network and resource database.
So, it begins with the bike. And not just any bike. These specially-made ‘Trishaws’ are crafted to order in Denmark (where the movement began) by Copenhagen Cycles.
With two seats up front, a pedaler (or pilot) is able to see and easily converse with elderly passengers. For the passengers, well, nothing beats the unobstructed view and experience of being on a bike again—wind in their hair, rosy cheeks.
Legacy Lodge saw the win-win opportunity in the Cycling Without Age program right away. In striving for ways to get their residents outdoors and connected to the community, the folks at Legacy Lodge had to go only as far as their front door.
With the miles and miles of glorious pathways throughout the valley and an easy connection point at the Lodge in Rafter J, purchasing a trishaw bike will deliver the outdoors to the elderly and limited mobility residents of Legacy Lodge.
Here’s where you come in. Most of the work is already done. Legacy Lodge has secured $6,000 toward the purchase of their first $10,000 trishaw bike. Tax-deductible gifts are being accepted now via Friends of Pathways (make sure to designate your giving by selecting “Trishaw for Legacy Lodge” in the drop-down box titled: Would you like to donate to a specific campaign?)
“Our goal this year is to expand our outdoor opportunities to include a partnership with Cycling Without Age, to provide a safe, piloted cycling program regardless of our residents physical and/or cognitive limitations,” said Legacy Lodge executive director Miekka Zanders. “Imagine your loved one being able to ride for miles on beautiful country paved paths and not have to worry about safety or muscle to pedal. They can sit back and enjoy the fresh air, mountain scenery, nature, peace of mind and solitude our community pathways have to offer. We are so grateful to Kris Simpson, Life Enrichment Assistant, for passionately pursuing this opportunity.” Zanders added that this initiative would hardly be possible without Simpson’s hard work.
Legacy Lodge has also planned a Charity Bingo Night for June 11. Details are coming soon. Save the date for now!
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