On May 16th, Portland Parks and Recreation will host their annual Adaptive Bike Day Clinic. It’s a very cool event that doesn’t get much publicity, so I thought I’d share it here on the front page.
After being in local specialty bike shop Coventry Cycle Works to snap some photos for a story the other day, I was reminded that people who love to ride bikes come with all types of physical abilities. Seeing the flyer for this event in their window also made me recall a story I did back in 2007 after going on a ride with Southeast Portland resident Ian Jaquiss.
Jaquiss was hit by someone driving a car when he was two years old. A resulting spinal cord injury left him without the use of his legs; but thanks to a handcycle he’s able to get around the city by bike just like anyone else.
At their event next Sunday (5/16, which also happens to be Northeast Sunday Parkways) Parks will have a variety of two, three, and four-wheeled bikes for people to try out. If you know someone who isn’t able to ride a regular bike for whatever reason, consider taking them to this event. For more information call Portland Parks and Recreation at (503) 823-4328.
- Adaptive Bike Day Clinic
Sunday, 5/16 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Eastbank Esplanade (under the Hawthorne Bridge)