NWDSA’s Bike First cyclists take summer for a spin during Bike Week 2015
It was a week of triumph and achievement for the 52 aspiring cyclists enrolled in NWDSA: Bike First! and Quick Start! / Refresher Clinics. For the tenth year running, NWDSA’s Bike First! week-long clinic brought smiles to the faces of the riders, volunteers, parents and guardians alike. Cyclists of all ages and abilities made excellent progress developing the skills needed to ride typical two-wheeler bicycles.
The spirit of the community and inclusion rang loudly throughout the week as 45 outstanding volunteers contributed their time, energy, and compassion.
Thank you to Original Joes and Boomers BBQ for lunch each day (they’ve been with us for ten years!), Concordia University for donating the use of the gymnasium (eight years!), Multnomah Athletic Foundation (eight years!) and Safe Routes to Schools (seven years!).
Read more about 2015 Bike Week at www.cu-portland.edu/about/life-fast-lane
Bike Week is a magical experience for everyone. Kids blossom and beam with pride over their new-found skill, volunteers cheer, and parents tear up to see their child take flight, alone, for the first time. Bike First! is open to children 8 years and up; meaning there is no cap on the end age!
People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics—some of these conditions include Down syndrome, mild to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills, and other developmental delays.
Bike Week 2014 was a great success! NWDSA's Bike First! is proud to promote inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills needed to ride typical bicycles.
"Bike First! is more than a bike camp for disabled children — it's a family, a support network, a cheer leading squad and a one-stop miracle zone. Every participant takes his or her first solo pedal strokes to the sound of thundering applause, and every participant is honored in front of the group in a closing ceremony. It's a time to shine and grow and triumph." Heidi Swift, The Oregonian
"We strongly support the Bike First! mission and congratulate all participants for their efforts in this worthwhile event... we'll be back with our support!" Craig H Dodge, Director/VP, Ideate, Inc.
"As a cyclist, seeing the look on someone's face as they ride a two wheeler for the first time defies words. We all know what a positive addition biking can be to all of our lives, to watch it happen is magical." Dave Guettler, Owner, River City Bicycles"Being part of Bike First! was a very fulfilling event in my life. It helped open up a new life long activity for these families. It allowed them be included with their peers, promoted a healthy life style, and shared in the simple pleasure of a bike ride." Clark Mason, Bike First Volunteer Spotter
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