John Seigel Boettner – Riding on the Shoulders of Giants

In Making Waves Conversations by Mark Sylvester2 Comments


Riding on the Shoulders of Giants. Cycling Without Age - the worldwide movement.

We will talk with John Seigel Boettner, the Santa Barbara representative of Cycling Without Age. A worldwide movement providing joy and vitality to older adults through the magic of a bicycle ride. Memories are awakened by the wind, community renewed by a wave, and citizenship remembered when a silver-haired giant gives you a wink and a nod at the crosswalk.

John Seigel Boettner


John Seigel Boettner took his training wheels off in 1958 and promptly crashed the family bike into the geraniums on Chino Street. Since then, the magic of two wheels has helped him carry his Eddie Mathews glove to Pee Wee League games at MacKenzie Park . . . deliver the Santa Barbara News-Press . . . honeymoon with his wife . . . pedal his newborn sons home from Cottage Hospital . . . and cycle with hundreds of Santa Barbara young people all over the world. Starting the Santa Barbara chapter of Cycling Without Age seemed the perfect next ride.

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  1. I just saw that your sons are presenting at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and I’m so excited! I have read your book, “hey, mom!” but do you still have the bicycle grinder we traded you for it? I believe it was yellow. I was in the class (kindergarten/1st grade) that she (Lynn, your wife) had to fly back early to teach. She was perhaps the best teacher I ever met. It got me in to trouble later when other teachers were less understanding. I thought teachers were like caring parents. The last time I saw her was at the Earth Day celebration many years ago. I hope you are all well. I’ve always wanted to meet you. Will you be making an appearance at the museum? I’m off patterson, and we have not only cottage hospital but several “old folks’ communities” right here but I’ve definitely seen those front loader bikes around, and people are having a great time in them, and it’s a great place to do it. we have miles of bike paths, all the way to goleta beach, or inland, the park next to my house has a 3 way fork on the bike path so you can go shade, sun, hills, flat, whatever you want. You heard bob, throw the flag out there and get volunteers! People enjoy this type of thing!

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