History: Last year, with Business Sponsorship dollars, our Rotary Club, along with the Cheyenne Fire Department, teamed up to purchase adaptive bikes for handicap children in our community. There were twenty-four applicants and money for four bikes. The applicants were identified by the school occupational therapists in the district. Once identified and confirmation was made that the bike could be stored inside, the children's names were placed in a lottery and four lucky children in our community got the ability to go ride bikes just like their abled peers. The highlights of that program here https://animoto.com/play/F4ihx6KmGzuFL0jsvybnGg.
The project was so successful, the Club wants to support assembling and purchasing adaptive bikes for the remaining twenty children. We are seeking a District Grant to financially assist our Club with this extremely worthy project.
Adaptive Tricycle Bikes & Health Benefits
An adaptive tricycle bike is designed for children with physical disabilities that will not allow them to ride a traditional bike. The bike has several great features to ensure the safety of the rider. The adaptive bicycle features a full seat where the ride can be fully secured and strapped in, self-leveling pedals with straps, and rear handle for the caregiver to assist with steering and pushing. Transfers on and off the bike are easier because the adaptive bike has a low step, flip-away handlebar.
The health benefits include lower extremity strengthening, reciprocal leg motion patterning, balancing skills, using visual, spatial perception for steering, and increased social interaction.
Each adaptive bike costs approximately $1,500-$1,600 depending on the child's needs. The bike manufacturer, Rifton, has offered a discount to assist the remaining 20 individuals with bikes. The cost of the bikes will be $22,371.
Timeline for Project
Once ordered, it takes approximately 20-30 days to receive the bikes. The bikes do not come assembled and are shipped for free. We anticipate ordering the bikes in July 2022 and assembling them with club member help in early August 2022. The adaptive bikes will be given to the children in mid-August as the school year begins.
Club Member Involvement
The bikes do not come assembled; therefore, we will need club members to assist with assembling the bikes. The local fire department has volunteered to help the club members with the assembly to ensure that the assembly is done correctly. We will also need club members to assist with giving the bikes out. We will give the bikes out in groups of 5, so that the caregivers can be trained out to transfer the child, properly strap them in, and how to steer and use the bike. We will need four different sessions with club member involvement to get the bikes delivered and the caregivers trained. The local fire department will allow us to us their downtown station as it has a large parking area where it will be safe to train and have the kids test out their new bikes.