[TheThinkTank] Serving disabled populations in your shops/orgs?

adam schwartz rideyourbicycle at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 06:15:27 PST 2009


Great thread.  We have served a few young people with disabilities in the
past, I remember one in particular with Cerebral Palsy, in which we had to
modify the bike with a special handlebar and brakes, it was great to see the
kid on a bike with everyone else at the end of the program.  Currently we
are writing a grant to put bikes in the hands of people with HIV, the Wash
DC area has one the the highest rates in the country.  This population is
often home bound, without transportation and in need of daily exercise.

-- 
Adam Schwartz
Program Coordinator, Renaissance Youth Bike Shop
The Engaged University
6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD
adamgs at umd.edu
(301) 405-3213



On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 5:25 AM, Jason Moore <moorepants at gmail.com> wrote:

> Check out the Lose the Training Wheels<http://www.losethetrainingwheels.org/>program. They are experts at this type of thing.
>
> Also an interesting new product is coming out soon: The Gyrobike<http://www.thegyrobike.com/>
>
> My recommended method for teaching people to ride bicycles is this:
>
> 1. Remove the pedals of the bike and lower the seat such that the rider's
> feet can easily touch the ground, this way the rider can scoot around and
> get the feeling of the bicycle's dynamics. If you use training wheels or
> support the rider with your hand it doesn't allow the person to feel how the
> bicycle actually handles.
> 2. Once the rider is comfortable on the scooter, add the pedals so they can
> try self propulsion.
>
> People learn very fast with this method.
>
> Jason Moore
> http://mae.ucdavis.edu/~biosport/jkm/<http://mae.ucdavis.edu/%7Ebiosport/jkm/>
> moorebicycles <http://moorebicycles.blogspot.com/>
> Bicycle Dynamics Lab <http://www.bicycle.tudelft.nl/>, TU Delft
> Sports Biomechanics Lab <http://mae.ucdavis.edu/%7Ebiosport>, UC Davis
> Bike Church <http://daviswiki.org/Bike_Church> Minister, Davis, CA
> Netherlands office phone # : +31 15 278 6932
>
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 7:16 PM, josh brown <josh at communitycycles.org>wrote:
>
>> Howdy all.
>>
>> I'm wondering how/if any of you have worked with populations or
>> individuals with disabilities who come into your shops or who approach your
>> organization for help. We've had this type of thing happen before, where
>> someone who has experienced head trauma, or has severe balance issues is
>> looking for an adult tricycle, but we never seem to have any quality ones in
>> the shop when they're needed, and inexpensive but decent ones are in the 6-8
>> hundred dollar range.
>>
>> I received the below email this morning, and while i welcome the challenge
>> and experience of getting a 10 year old with CP and Autism on a bicycle, i'm
>> a little overwhelmed at the prospect.
>>
>> What kinds of experiences have you all had? I know Boulder and Colorado
>> both have some excellent non-profits that deal with folks with disabilities,
>> and I'll start making phone calls to them, to see what types of things to be
>> aware of. I'm interested in your experiences as community bike shop staff.
>>
>> If anyone reading this has some type of circumstance which requires some
>> sort of modification to their own bike to accommodate balance, reflex, or a
>> body that's different than most of us have (ie, amputee, etc) issues, PLEASE
>> get in touch. I'm interested both in your experiences personally as well as
>> resources you've found to be helpful or not so helpful.
>>
>> I've personally worked with folks with all kinds of issues, just not in my
>> work with bicycles...looking forward to bringing those two worlds
>> together...
>>
>> thanks!
>>
>> josh.
>> community cycles.
>>
>>  Hello,
>>> We have been looking into your program for our son but I have a couple of
>>> questions.
>>>
>>> Our son has Cerebral Palsy and Autism, both are mild, however he has
>>> difficulty in riding a two wheel bike as he has balance problems.  He is 10
>>> yrs old, (11 in June) and has out grown bikes that we can place "training
>>> wheels" on.  We know that there are stabilization wheels but not sure how to
>>> go about working with them on multiple speed bikes.
>>>
>>> Do you work with children with disabilities? and Would you be able to
>>> help us in getting a bicycle that would meet his needs?
>>>
>>> He would dearly love to be able to ride a bike and we are most happy to
>>> work with him and get him the proper set up.  Any help or information would
>>> be greatly appreciated.  You are welcome to call us at our home phone or
>>> email.  Your program sounds very exciting and we look forward to hearing
>>> from you.
>>>
>>> Thank you, Sue and Paul
>>>
>>>
>>
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