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Random Age-Friendly: ‘My first bike’

Margaret Randell rides her three-wheel bike down Viking Street and up Prince Street every day that the weather is good.
Margaret Randell rides her three-wheel bike down Viking Street and up Prince Street every day that the weather is good. - Photo courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities

When Margaret Randell grew up in Upper Island Cove as one of eight children, she did not have her own bike, but that did not stop her from learning to ride.

She used to steal her brother’s bike and put her leg under the crossbar.  That’s how she learned to ride.

Margaret always longed to have her own bike; so, about 10 years ago, she purchased a good used two-wheel bike from a friend.

However, at her age, her balance was a little off and she just didn’t feel safe riding it.

Then, while vacationing in Florida, she saw a lot of elderly people riding an adult three-wheel bike.

Margaret was always a person who never gave up on things.  So, in 2012, when she saw a three-wheel bike for sale in the Sears catalogue; and since her birthday was coming soon, she ordered it.

When it arrived, it was in many pieces and it took her husband a full day to put it together.

Margaret was so excited once it was assembled.  She had her first very own bike.  However, to her disappointment, she had trouble steering the bike.

But again, not wanting to give up, she told herself that a two-year old can ride a three-wheel bike.

She said that she got mad at herself and away she went.  The rest is history.  Margaret loves her bike and rides it every day when the weather is good and hopes to ride it for many more.

Margaret knows that physical activity helps people keep healthier and happier and riding her bike is great exercise and one way for her to keep active.

It is a common sight for the residents of Prince and Viking Streets to see Margaret, who is nearly 80 years old, peddle her three-wheel bike around the block maybe a couple of times on a sunny day.

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