For most kids, riding a bike is the ultimate sense of freedom. That first ride under their own power is exhilarating. But, for some children, like those with Cerebral Palsy, riding a standard bicycle is not possible due to restricted motor skills. That’s why the Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families program in Calgary, Alberta offers their CP Kids Adapted Bike Program.
This program has run for more than 15 years and has provided more than 325 children (age 3 to 16) with adapted bikes which range from $500 to $5,000 per bike depending upon what changes are made to the bike to meet the child’s unique needs. More than 150 CP kids were involved in the 2015 adaptive bike clinic. Obviously, the program is a huge success with applications for the 2016 program already closed, but there is a waiting list.
Becoming a member of the organization is the first step. If you know a child with Cerebral Palsy in or around Calgary who would benefit from the emotional and physical benefits of an adaptive bike, contact the organization to find out more.