iCan Bike, a program of iCan Shine, is a bicycle camp for individuals with disabilities or special needs where the participant learns how to ride a conventional bicycle. This unique camp takes place at Perry Park Ice Skating Rink (located at 451 E. Stop 11 Road, near Meridian Street intersection).
iCan Bike | June 18 – June 22, 2018
Participants are enrolled in the same 75-minute session each day for 5 consecutive days. Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. with the last session starting at 3:35 p.m.
The camp is directed by professionals from iCan Bike, but volunteers provide the leg work. Spotters are volunteers who walk/run beside the bikers to provide physical support and encouragement. We need two volunteers per participant, which translates to a tremendous need for 80 volunteers.
Children and adults are taught how to ride and transition to a conventional bike within a 5-day period. The program utilizes adapted bikes and techniques developed by Dr. Richard Klein, a retired professor of mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Program Success Rate
- Individuals who have benefited most from the program are those who have use of all limbs, adequate vision to see and avoid obstacles and, above all…the desire to ride a bicycle.
- Most people enrolling are those capable of riding a bicycle with training wheels; however, it may be with some difficulty or hesitation.
- Approximately 80 percent of the camp participants are able to independently ride a two-wheeled bicycle by the end of the week.
Need and Benefits
This is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Benefits from independent bike riding include higher self-esteem, peer inclusion, improved exercise opportunities, increased stamina, increased cognitive stimulation, improved health and better decision-making skills.
Special thanks to our official bike shop for iCan Bike, Gray Goat, and sponsor Mass Mutual.