In “Everyone Can Ride” (part 1)we highlighted tandem riding for people with low vision, which was made possible with help from our partners Bike Madison and the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Many options were available to roll and cycle that day! Madison Spinal Cord Injury and Issues (Madison SCI) hosted an informational booth and in cooperation with Project Mobility provided the opportunity to ride and learn about adaptive cycling.
“We plan, We go, We conquer!” is the motto of Madison SCI, a chapter of the non-profit organization NSCIA. Madison SCI’s mission is “to benefit and raise awareness of the community of people with spinal cord injury, illness, disease, and related conditions. [We fulfill this by] providing members with an open forum for discussion and education, providing mentoring, organizing adaptive and accessible events and activities, supporting community efforts to increase awareness and improving the lives of people with disabilities, their family members, and those that provide care for them.”
Please visit SCI-Madison‘s website for a listing of our adaptive cycling and other events.
Volunteers were at the Ride and are present and welcome on all adaptive cycling/rolling events to assist participants with transferring to and from bikes and to help with challenging terrain when needed; we also just enjoy riding in good company.
Karen Lovely, a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) student at University of Wisconsin-Madison and volunteer at the Ride: “It is exciting to experience and learn about the opportunities for physical exercise and bicycle riding that are available to individuals with a wide range of mobility impairments. It is fun to experience the energy, positivity, and enthusiasm of the Madison SCI group members and support their efforts at educating the public on opportunities available for adaptive cycling.”
Michelle Tollakson, also a DPT student at UW: “I had a wonderful experience learning more about and promoting Madison SCI and Project Mobility. I also had the opportunity to ride an adaptive cycle! I greatly appreciated all the help Project Mobility provided to anyone and everyone who wanted to try riding their cycles. They properly fit me to my chosen hand cycle and made sure I felt safe with the brakes and gears before hitting the road. On the course, my classmates and I had lots of bikers ask us how the cycles worked and how they were used, and it was a perfect opportunity to tell them about adaptive cycling. I also noticed how much more trunk stability and upper body strength I needed to recruit to propel my bike forward.”
See photos of the event on this Flickr Page.
Monica Kamal, a Madison SCI founder and Program Coordinator, explains, “I love hand cycling outdoors in beautiful Wisconsin because I enjoy the trails. There’s always fun seeing the UW students learn about members of Madison SCI and obstacles faced during the ride! It is especially interesting to see the look people have as we are riding by with these different kinds of bikes. They’re not looking at us as wheelchair users. They are looking at the adaptive cycles and many time enthusiastically shout as we are riding by, ‘Cool bike!’
It has been great collaborating with other community groups and the city to show that cycling can be everyone!”
Steve Meiers, Safety Educator for the City of Wisconsin, helped to advertise the event and to coordinate rides for participants and continues to partner with Madison SCI on upcoming events, such as: The para cycling championships in the Madison area over the 4th of July weekend. “Some of the country’s top athletes will be competing using a variety of adaptive cycles including hand cycles, specially adapted tricycles as well tandem bikes with sighted riders.
Project Mobility will again bring a variety of adaptive cycles for use at the Disability Pride Festival on September 26th from noon-5 at Brittingham Park in Madison.”
To ride, volunteer, or join the mailing list contact Tina McFadden, Volunteer and Events Coordinator for Madison SCI at 608-839-5454.
Remaining rides for the season (RSVP required):
- JULY 6: EVERYONE CAN RIDE LEAVING FROM 754 Williamson Street Madison 10am-12noon
- JULY 22: PHEASANT BRANCH PARK IN MIDDLETON, MEET AT MIDDLETON POOL 2400
- AUGUST 9: ABORETUM MADISON, MEET IN PARKING LOT 1208 SEMINOLE HWY.
- AUGUST 24: RIDE THE DRIVE EAST SIDE, MEET AT Ride the Drive Starting Locations.
- SEPTEMBER 7: GLACIAL DRUMLIN TRAIL, MEET AT 100 HEATHER DRIVE, COTTAGE
- SEPTEMBER 21: CAPITAL CITY TRAIL, MEET AT LUSSIER CENTER 3101 LAKE FARM ROAD
Everyone CAN Ride!