adaptive bikes

At the Adaptive Bike Clinic, there’s truly a bike for everyone

Avatar by on June 8th, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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Adaptive bikes allow people to ditch their walkers and wheelchairs for something a lot more efficient and fun.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

“Demo days” are a common thing in the bike industry. It’s where a company parks their truck and tent at a trailhead and offers free test rides. They bring all the sizes and models so that everyone can try out a bike. But as we’ve learned recently in a robust conversation about access to the city’s bike share program, “everyone” often only includes people who are physically able to ride a common, two-wheeled bicycle.

On Sunday a host of organizations — including the City of Portland — hosted the 12th annual Adaptive Bike Clinic. It was an opportunity for anyone — including people with disabilities — to test ride the bike of their dreams.
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Is Biketown bike share for all? Or only the able-bodied?

Avatar by on June 2nd, 2016 at 1:49 pm

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Hand-cycle riders like Ian Jaquiss won’t be able to use Portland’s bike share system.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland is launching a bike share program with 1,000 bikes. But what about people with who need to ride a hand-cycle or a recumbent or a trike due to a physical disability? Will they be able to use this new system?

That’s a question raised by city council candidate Chloe Eudaly just six weeks before Portland’s Nike-sponsored Biketown system is set to launch.
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The Friday Profile: David Griffiths, Portland’s tattooed philosopher of ‘ciclovismo’

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 23rd, 2015 at 5:22 pm


David Griffiths has developed a concise and compelling way of talking and thinking about bicycles as a metaphor for life.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

For years, as deeply as he loved language, David Griffiths thought social media wasn’t for him.

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PIR to host weekly handcycling series

Avatar by on July 5th, 2012 at 9:57 am

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Portland resident Ian Jaquiss and his handcycle.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland International Raceway (just north of the Kenton Neighborhood) is set to host yet another type of bicycling to its schedule. I’ve recently reported on the mountain bike and road bike racing that happens out there and I’ve also shared the annual human powered vehicle event that takes place each year.

Now handcycling has find a home out at PIR.

Last week, disabled persons non-profit Incight and Oregon Disability Sports announced their first annual Summer Handcycling Series that will begin this coming Tuesday (7/10) and will run through August 28th.[Read more…]

Parks to host ‘Adaptive Bike Day Clinic’

Avatar by on May 6th, 2010 at 10:07 am

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I tried out a hand-cycle a few years back.
(Photo: Seven Corners bike shop)

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.

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Ian Jaquiss riding his handcycle.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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)

A new bike for Leo

Avatar by on August 25th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

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13 year-old Leo Westwind, just
minutes after getting his new bike.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A very tough year for 13 year-old Leo Westwind was made a bit brighter on Friday.

Leo suffers from a genetic liver ailment known as Alagille Syndrome and last winter his condition worsened severely. In December, his mom Kyrstin (owner of a bike-powered smoothie business) rushed him to children’s hospital in Seattle where doctors told her Leo needed a new liver.

Fortunately, with fundraising help from the community and from Southeast Portland-based non-profit Free Geek (where Leo’s dad Michael works), Leo received a new liver on December 18th. [Read more…]

Gaining the handcycle perspective

Avatar by on July 18th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

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Ian Jaquiss handcycling near Ladd’s Addition.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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