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  • Tue May 26 2020
  • Posted Jun 16

A FUND DRIVE HAS STARTED IN DECORAH TO RAISE MONEY FOR A SPECIALIZED BICYCLE FOR DECORAH'S LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES


"Cycling Without Age Decorah" is a new volunteer organization formed to help Decorah long-term care facilities to obtain, maintain, and use equipment to offer free bike rides to local nursing home residents and other people unable to ride independently.

The group has begun raising $20,000 in donations and already has pledges of over $7,000.

Donations will allow Barthell Eastern Star Home and Arlin Falck Assisted Living to purchase a "Chat" trishaw, a Featherlite trailer for the Chat's transporthttps://www.decorahnews.com/archived-stories/2020/05/25375.htmlation and storage, and safety and maintenance equipment such as helmets, tools, and a cell phone. Other area nursing homes have also been contacted about the program.

Last fall, All Ability Cycles from Jefferson, Iowa, visited Decorah with a selection of vehicles, including the Chat, which is pictured above.

Cycling Without Age Decorah Affiliate has met with the Decorah City Council, the Decorah Police Department, the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department, and the Trails of Winneshiek 28-E Committee. All entities agree that the Chat trishaw is appropriate for trail and street use.

UPDATE: This fundraising effort was successful and the specialized bicycle has been purchased!

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