iCan Bike (formally known as Lose the Training Wheels) is a bike riding program designed to teach participants with special needs, ages 8 and older, to ride a traditional 2-wheel bicycle.
Learning to ride a 2-wheel bicycle is a rite of passage for nearly everyone – but many people with disabilities never realize this achievement. Easter Seals and iCan Bike are changing that!
The iCan Bike program uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a 2-wheel bicycle. Participants attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by a volunteer “spotter”. Over the course of the week we continually adjust the bikes in an effort to challenge riders appropriately as they gradually discover the skill and joy of riding.
Who can participate?
To register for camp, participants must meet the following criteria:
iCan Bike participants are children ages 8 and up as well as teens and adults. They have a diagnosed disability such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy but are able to walk without assistive devices.
What are the benefits?
Success in learning to ride a bicycle is a major milestone in anyone’s life. When learning has been a struggle the accomplishment and its impact is much greater. We observe that learning to ride a bicycle brings many benefits such as:
The iCan Bike program is held at Finish Line Ford in Peoria, IL. The address is 22121 W Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615.
The camp fee is $75. A limited number of scholarships are available based on need.
The iCan Bike program would not be possible without the wonderful volunteer spotters that help out throughout the week. If you are someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Tara Wellenreiter at 309-686-1177 x5230, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to register.