Donations Help Kick Off STEP's Pathways to Healthy Aging Project

David and Louisa Stone, owners of Williamsport Bicycle Recycle, are pictured with the adult tricycles they donated to STEP's RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport. (Photo provided by STEP)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- STEP's RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport will soon be helping older adults utilize its namesake, Susquehanna Riverwalk, even more. The trailhead is adjacent to the center's parking lot, and already, customers are meeting during the week for the Walk with Ease program on the trail. Now, thanks to a donation from the community cycling advocates, David and Louisa Stone, they will be able to explore the Riverwalk trail on wheels - specifically three wheels!

David and Louisa Stone, who currently operate Williamsport Bicycle Recycle, have donated two new adult tricycles for use by RiverWalk Center for Healthy Aging participants. With their step-through frames and stable designs, the tricycles allow riders who may be hesitant about hopping on a bike or have mobility limitations to experience the benefits of a bike with greater ease and confidence.

The tricycle donation will compliment the Pathways to Healthy Aging Project, a three-pronged program which builds upon STEP's partnership with South Williamsport Borough to develop recreational assets geared toward older adults in the South Williamsport Borough Park Complex. The project components include three pathways to healthy aging: Walking, Bicycling and Fitness. It will kick off in spring 2017.

The walking pathway component includes Walk with Ease Program and the purchase of stability walking poles. The bicycling pathway component includes the purchase of bicycles (single and tandem), bicycle safety equipment and the development of a bicycle map to link the three centrally located centers for healthy aging in Lycoming County. The fitness pathway component includes the purchase and installation of seven ADA-accessible LifeTrail fitness stations specifically geared toward older adults in the South Williamsport Borough Park Complex adjacent to the RiverWalk Center and the Susquehanna Riverwalk Trail.

Through the 2015 Community Needs Assessment and recent surveys, older adults expressed their desire to be active and stay healthy. This project does just that.

For more information about the activities and services offered at the RiverWalk Center, please call Autumn Noll at 570 601-9592. The RiverWalk Center and all Centers for Healthy Aging are operated by STEP's Office of Aging, part of the Indpendent Living Pathway to Success.

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