Since 1995, there has been a surge in older adults gravitating towards bicycling more often. Winona County SHIP is supporting this effort with a free bike rodeo on Wednesday, May 30. We invite you to participate, as a part of Senior Health & Fitness Day, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The event will showcase a variety of bikes designed to accommodate older riders, provide bike safety classes, flat tire repair clinics and more. Adventure Cycle & Ski has partnered with Winona County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) for this fun event and will provide recumbent and e-bikes (electric assist bicycles) for guests to test drive. The city of Winona will also bring their three-wheel trikes for test drives. A course will be marked out in the Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot that will include common obstacles for bicyclists. Volunteers will be available to guide the riders safely through the obstacles.
Between 1995 and 2009, the rise in biking among ages 60-79 accounted for 37 percent of the total nationwide increase in bike trips. This trend has resulted in manufacturers adapting bicycles to include padded seats for a soft ride, lower U-shaped crossbars for trouble-free mounting, low gears for easy pedaling and sturdy frames for balance. Research shows seniors who ride bicycles regularly report improved fitness and better performance with other physical activities.
Winona County SHIP creates better health, together, by making the healthy choice the possible choice for you. SHIP work involves work sites, childcare, schools, health care, active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living. Healthy living is about making healthy options available to all, and making the Winona community a place where people live long and healthy lives. Healthy choices include staying active, eating more fruits and vegetables, not using tobacco, managing stress levels, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. A healthy community happens when everyone works together. A healthy community helps prevent disease.