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"Cycle Without Limits" Specialized Bike Program
01/13/2012 - By Rohnert Park, CA

"Cycle Without Limits" Specialized Bike Program

"For some children - children with balance or coordination problems or disabilities - learning to ride a bike is like climbing Mt. Everest.

They can now participate alongside their siblings and peers in this pastime that is a childhood rite-of-passage," says Sonoma State University Kinesiology Professor Elaine McHugh, Director of the UCP of the North Bay "Cycle Without Limits" Bike Camps.

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay held their first "Cycle Without Limits" Winter Bike Camp with 11 children over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at Sonoma State University, piloting their first set of specialized bikes.
The Big Bike Build 2012 campaign is raising funds to purchase and customize a fleet of bicycles to use at the camps.

“Owning the training bicycles will allow us to run the program with greater frequency and reach a higher percentage of children with disabilities who want to learn to ride a bike,” says Margaret Farman, UCPNB Executive Director. Farman added, “riding a two-wheeled bicycle is an enjoyable and healthy activity; for children with disabilities it can also provide necessary physical therapy and a socialization tool that allows them to participate in an activity with their friends and family without the need for special accommodations or equipment.”

UCP of the North Bay needs to raise $100,000 to fund the purchase, customization, maintenance and storage of the fleet of training bicycles. Raising these funds will allow the bike camp program to continue in 2012.

Photos: Elizabeth Elias

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