Special needs bike riders get a boost

Milford. Pike Autism Support Services provided a program to teach people with special needs to ride bicycles.

| 02 Aug 2022 | 12:06

For a week in June, Pike Autism Support Services, or PASS, hosted an I Can Bike Camp, which gives people with autism and other special needs the opportunity to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. This ewas made possible by a grant from All One Charities and Foundation in Scranton, support from Delaware Valley School District, Walmart and a group of volunteers. A skilled bike technician and floor manager from I Can Bike/I Can Shine Foundation worked individually with all 17 riders and volunteers over four sessions daily.

The program began with an adaptive bike to gain balance and confidence, then a tandem bike to work on skills, then on to a two wheeler with supports. Many participants were riding independently by the end of the week; others will eventually, with more practice and support. PASS awarded six scholarships to riders, and they thank Walmart for their donation.