Hello (again) World!
Welcome to the shiny new CycleAbility website. We have some really exciting news for 2018 that I would like to share with you.
CycleAbility is expanding to offer cycling education for all abilities!
Of course, we will still be hosting our annual camp (2018 date TBD) and we will still be passionately focused on offering opportunities for those with special needs, but will we also be offering cycling lessons for everyone of all abilities.
Why are we doing this? Two reasons, first, because bikes make people happy. You can’t be sad while riding a bike. It just feels good to ride a bike and we want to share this feeling with as many people as possible.
Secondly, because typically special needs’ families are usually already strapped for cash and this way we can help fund our special needs’ programs without depending heavily on sponsor donations and program fees.
Now, we are still working out all the details and expect this to be a long journey full of learning and challenges, but we know it will be worth it. So far, here’s our plan:
Priority 1: Teach Cycling Lessons to All
We will be offering cycling lessons to all our camp alumni who were able to ride on two-wheels and just need a bit more practice. There is always demand for this following our camp and we would like to be able to provide our riders with continuing opportunities after camp is over. We unfortunately don’t have year-round access to the iCanShine roller bikes or any adaptive equipment (just yet), and therefore we have to focus on two-wheels.
We will also be introducing Learn 2 Ride Lessons for Kids. These lessons are for normative and non-normative kids who have the balance to ride a bike, but have yet to graduate from training wheels or balance bikes.
Finally, we will be offering Mountain Biking Lessons for anyone interested in learning proper mountain bike technique or improving their technique.
All profits from these lessons will be used to provide financial assistance, opportunities, and equipment to special needs riders.
Priority 2: Host Cycling Events and Activities to Benefit Special Needs’ Recreation
We will continue to host our annual bike camp and hopefully expand to offering additional events and fun activities for our riders and participants.
A few ideas we have include a bike “race” for our alumni and bike-shop hosted skills parties that teach cycling skills to adults while raising money for our programs.
Priority 3: Share Knowledge, Advice, and Inspiration Through Our Blog
Last, but certainly not least, we want to build an online resource and community for cycling-related knowledge, advice, and inspiration. We will be sharing riders’ stories, tips and tricks, and our favorite gear to help keep our participants pedaling away.
Stay tuned for more!