Trip abroad inspires return to biking

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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BROOKFIELD - Myrna Matheson is proof that you're never too old to ride a bike.
It had been nearly 15 years since this senior from Brookfield had been on a bike when she decided that it was time again.
Matheson and her husband participated in a home exchange with a couple from Holland. "They had four beautiful bikes," said Matheson, "We got on those bikes and biked for kilometers, exploring the Netherlands."
The 65-year-old has been biking ever since.
"I hope when others see an old grey-haired lady on a bike they will think, 'gosh I should start biking again.'"
Matheson's first bicycle was a little red two-wheel bike she received on her fifth Christmas.
"I drove my parents crazy until spring when I could get out and ride," she remembers, "Then I drove them crazy because I was afraid I would fall."
Matheson's father knew just the trick to take care of her fear of riding.
"One day my dad took me to the top of a hill and pushed me. On the way down I finally got the hang of riding my bike and never looked back."
Now Matheson cycles around her community to visit friends, get groceries, volunteer and visit the duck ponds.
The biggest challenge she faces as an older cyclist is that biking in Nova Scotia is not as safe as it could be.
"I would love to see small communities build safer bikeways."

Geographic location: Holland, Netherlands, Nova Scotia

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