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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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.
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 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.