To commemorate Earth Day, Providence ElderPlace took some of its residents on a bicycle tour around North Portland.
Providence ElderPlace caters to patients and residents who either suffer from physical or mental ailments. Wednesday’s biking event was sponsored through the facility’s All Inclusive Care for the Elderly program.
Riders from the facility ranged from 70 to 96 years old. Several expressed their joy as they zipped along the streets in the sunny morning weather.
According to Dr. Armando Zelada, one of the event’s organizers, the ride was designed to celebrate Earth Day and provide recreational opportunities to community members.
To facilitate the event, Zelada said the group had to find bicycles that would cater to those who need assistance sitting up. Splendid Cycles — a bicycle shop in Portland — donated PediCabs tricycles, which are low-geared, specially-designed tricycles that provide extra support to the rider.
The riders started at ElderPlace’s Marie Smith Health and Social Center and traveled through the streets of North Portland before the group took a lunch stop at the Peninsula Park rose garden and then returned to the center.