Three Wheels of Awesome-Episode 12

The Golden Rollers have been biking around with us during our Spring program for the past six weeks. Within those six weeks, we have had over 150 new riders to the program. We have held over 50 classes between Gus Garcia Recreation, Metz Recreation, Dittmar Recreation, Mcbeth Recreation, Alamo & Givens Recreation, Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, and Foundation Communities M Station. This has allowed our students (in total) to have participated over 400 times!

A huge thank you goes to St. David’s Foundation for rewarding Ghisallo Cycling Initiative with a grant to expand the Golden Rollers program. With their generosity, we have been able to get so many participants on bicycles and out exploring Austin!

Hoi told me she wanted to join to Golden Rollers so she could show her kids she learned how to ride a trike. She’s attended three classes and is riding like a pro!
The rain can’t stop us from rolling! We’re lucky Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center has a covered path.
Baldo is one of our oldest riders. Even at 90 years young, he rides twice a week at Gus Garcia Recreation Center. His exercise is looping the track 15x on gear 7!

Three Wheels of Awesome- Episode 11

With the generosity of St. David’s Foundation, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative has been able to expand the Golden Rollers Senior Trike program to several new sites throughout Austin. We began this semester at Gus Garcia Recreation Center and Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center. Over the last month and a half, we have started new programs at Dittmar Recreation Center, Metz Recreation Center, Mcbeth Recreation Center, and Foundation Communities M Station. We also have participants from Pan-Am Recreation, Alamo Recreation, and Givens Recreation joining neighboring centers to ride trikes. Within the past six weeks, we have had over 100 adults participate in our Golden Rollers program.

This week we began a program at Mcbeth Recreation Center, focusing on their Adults with Disabilities group. We set up a course in the parking lot for the riders, to test their braking ability, balance, and maneuverability.

Mcbeth Recreation center are geared up and ready to roll!

The program at Foundation Communities M Station also began this week. We took staff and riders across Martin Luther King Blvd. to the Sustainable Food Center’s Community Garden. There, we were able to enjoy the flourishing plants and vegetables. We even got to munch on some mint growing in the community plot.

The staff at M Station were so excited to try out our recumbent trikes!
Heading to the Sustainable Food Center garden!

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Classes began this week at Metz Recreation Center and Dittmar Recreation Center. Even though our new riders were a little skeptical of the three wheel recumbent trikes, their curiosity beat hesitation, and were willing to give them a roll. Very quickly they realized the trikes are not only safe, but user friendly and comfortable!

Seniors from Pan Am Recreation Center joined the Metz Recreation crew for orientation and the the first roll of the program. They took leisurely strolls around the gym before taking to the sidewalks and trails around the Recreation Center.

A little encouragement goes a long way!
What a beautiful day for a roll!

We are now in our third week of programming at Gus Garcia Recreation Center and Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center. The excitement for riding is higher than ever, with more seniors returning each week to participate in the Golden Rollers program.

Our first “On Road” ride for Spring Semester. We went from Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center to the Long Horn Dam and back!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Golden Rollers. We will be starting programs at Mcbeth Recreation Center and Foundations M Station in the coming weeks.