On a brisk and snow-filled Spring day in April, St. Clare Meadow’s Care Center unveiled its new Cycling Without Age Program. Started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Copenhagen, Denmark, this international program helps the elderly to get out of doors and enjoy bicycling again. The bike used is called a trishaw that holds two passengers comfortably, no matter the weather.
Verna, a St. Clare Meadow’s resident that enjoyed a maiden voyage in the rig, said it best, “This is like a dream that I have at night,” to get outside again. Upon returning to the Meadows, she stated, “This was amazing. Wow!” Verna’s companion on her ride was Kathy Miller, the daughter of Lois Krunnfusz, who prior to her recent passing, made a generous donation to the St. Clare Meadows Care Center. After thoughtful consideration, the funds were used to purchase the trishaw and bring Cycling Without Age to Baraboo.
The use of the funds were especially fitting as last summer, Miller took her mother for a ride in her 2-seat convertible. They put the top down and cruised around Baraboo. She fondly remembers her mother saying, “that was just what the doctor ordered – fresh air and wind in the hair!” Members of Krunnfusz’s family were in attendance at the debut and remarked how proud Lois would have been to see this program. Krunnfusz’s son Dan commented that the bike wouldn’t have sat idle through the program, as his mother would have been the first to try it out.
The trishaw is piloted by volunteers, giving Meadows residents the much desired mobility to cruise through Baraboo, relive memories and to feel the wind in their hair again. St. Clare Meadows Care Center is hoping to expand the number of trishaws available and eventually have a small fleet for group outings. Anyone who may wish to donate to this program, can do so through the St. Clare Hospital Foundation - Baraboo by designating the funds to Cycling Without Age.