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Free wheelin': bicycling for seniors

Warm weather signals the return of a pair of bicycling programs that Portland offers especially for seniors: a series of three-wheeled bicycle rides, and a class on cycling safety.

Senior Recreation biking

Comfortable three-wheeled bicycles are waiting for cyclists who sign up for Portland's Senior Recreation series of slow-paced, two-hour bicycle rides along paved car-free paths in the city. The program provides the bicycles and helmets, or you can use your own. The guided cycling trips take place Mondays and Thursdays (except for holidays) through Sept. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m., starting and ending at Willamette Park's north parking lot at Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street. Each ride costs $5. Bring water, sunscreen and $1 for the parking fee. Restrooms are available. To sign up for a bike trip, call Senior Recreation at 503-823-4328 or the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525.

Senior Cycling Safety

Bicycle riders can learn how to stay safe by signing up for Portland Transportation Options' brand-new 'Senior Cycling Safety' class. It will focus on how to ride safely, with confidence, and enjoy cycling.

The class will be held Wednesday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway. Bruce Buffington, a senior himself and president of the NW Bicycle Safety Council, will present the class along with Jacqueline Sinke, who has extensive training and certification in geriatric fitness.

The class is free, and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call Donna Green at 503-823-6114.