Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
ICan Bike Camp Riders on Wait List Due to Lack of Volunteers
The ICan Bike group urgently needs volunteer spotters for an indoor bike camp set for the week of Aug. 6-10 at County College of Morris in Randolph that will teach people with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bike. No experience is necessary.
Nearly 20 Morris County area students who want to learn to ride have been placed on a waiting list for the camp because of a lack of volunteers. Participants in the camp attend one 75-minute session each day for the week. Volunteers are requested to sign up for the same session all week long.
ICan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and a trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike. Each riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by the same two volunteer “spotters”.
Over the course of the 5-day camp the adapted bike is adjusted to gradually introduce more instability in an effort to challenge riders at their own individual pace. The week is concluded with a touching and inspiring award ceremony.
ICan Bike riders must be: ages 8 and up; weigh no more than 220 lbs.; have a disability; have an inseam measurement of at least 20”; be able to walk without assistive devices and sidestep from side to side. By the end of the 5-day camp approximately 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bike completely independently. The remaining 20% make tremendous progress towards that goal.
The camp is held Aug. 6-10 in Randolph at County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. The cost is $200 per rider. Sponsors and donations are welcome to offset administrative costs for the program.
Sessions are held:
Session 1 8:30am – 9:45am
Session 2 10:05am – 11:20am
Session 3 11:40am – 12:55pm
Session 4 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Session 5 3:35pm – 4:50pm