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Riding a bike might just be one of the greatest joys in life, but not everyone gets a chance to do it. Sometimes a person with limited physical or developmental abilities isn’t able to just hop on a bike and go for a spin. But guess what…there are bikes specially designed and modified to help support any level of experience or ability.

Here are four things that learning to ride a bicycle can add to anyone’s life, including a person with special needs…

Freedom

Knowing how to ride a bike can help us experience freedom. It gives us a chance to make decisions. It allows us to go where we want to go and get there when we want to get there.

Confidence

Learning to ride a bike – with or without adaptive supports — gives us a feeling of accomplishment. There’s nothing like learning something new, working hard and being successful.

Independence

Riding a bike can help us become more independent because we don’t have to rely on others to get us where we want to go.

Community

When we’re able to move around on our own, we are less isolated and have more chances to be with other people in our neighborhoods and communities.

If you or someone you care about would like to learn to ride a bike, check out Bike for Life, a week-long day camp at Ridgeview High School in Redmond on July 10 through 14. This camp is for individuals of all abilities who want to learn to ride a bike.

Bike for Life is a small team of volunteers and non-profit organizations with a shared passion for providing opportunities to those who want to learn to ride a bike.

Their goal is to help individuals learn to ride a bike by the end of the week without training wheels or any other assistance.