Our Golden Rollers program officially started at Gus Garcia Recreation Center and Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center this past week. We had more seniors than ever before signed up for our classes. As Gus Garcia, our new riders took a roll through the parking lot to get familiar with the trikes, before taking to the paved paths behind the center.
At Conley-Guerrero, both classes were incredibly ambitious and ready to roll. We headed down the Boggy Creek Trail towards Rosewood. The path provides lots of shade and breeze from the greenbelt, which was a nice treat with the increasing temperatures. From Rosewood, the crew headed over the railroad tracks another 1/2 mile before turning around and returning to the building.
Once the participants felt comfortable in their new head gear, we moved on to hand and leg strength. It’s very important that our seniors have the hand strength to stop the bike, as well as the leg strength to pedal the bike.
Once our participants were cleared to roll, we showed them the different features of the trikes and recumbents. Now, it’s time to roll out! Our riders took laps around the courtyard at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center to get familiar with controlling the bikes.
Later in the week Ghisallo attended St. Patricks Day Casino at Metz Recreation Center. There were 150 seniors in attendance from all over central Texas. We brought one of our recumbent bikes to the party so the seniors could check out all the features of our most popular ride.
With the long days of winter finally behind us, we can spring forward into days of sunshine and fun. Here at Ghisallo, we have been working really hard on expanding our Golden Rollers program. Because of our grant from St. David’s Foundation, we are able to give more Recreation centers throughout Austin the opportunity to get their seniors rolling!
Coming soon to a Recreation center near you will be 5 brand new Ghisallo Bicycle Base Stations. These will house Terra Trikes, helmets, pumps, and tools that will be used to aid participants of the program. Also included inside the base station will be a micro bike shop, which will be used during community events to give a little TLC to bikes that need maintenance.
Orientation starts the week of the 11th. Check out the schedule here for updated information on our program sites. We can’t wait to get rolling with you!