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‘A social inclusive community’: Edmonton cycling group helps kids to just be kids

'A social inclusive community': Edmonton cycling group helps kids to just be kids

Some of the 200 bikes You Can Ride 2 have among its borrowing pool for children with disabilities (Source: You Can Ride 2/Instagram). An Edmonton-based…

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Some of the 200 bikes You Can Ride 2 have among its borrowing pool for children with disabilities (Source: You Can Ride 2/Instagram). An Edmonton-based charity is helping keep bicycle riding accessible to all children.

Since 2003, You Can Ride 2 has enabled children with disabilities to experience the joy of riding a bike. The volunteer-driven group has a borrow a bike pool, learn to ride program, adapt a bike service, and community riding events to help ensure cycling is accessible to all kids.

Every year, children with a diagnosis that makes riding a standard bike challenging can be fitted to a bike and borrow it for the season or have mechanics modify their own bicycle to make riding easier.

"Kids who would never be able to ride a two-wheeler can have that same joy of going out with their families," said Josh Inniss, program coordinator. RELATED STORIES

Inniss says an adaptive bike can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000, a cost that makes them inaccessible to many families — especially as kids grow.

"We are really trying to make it as economically accessible as possible," Inniss said, adding that rental fees are small, can be lowered by volunteering with the group or even subsidized.

Ying Yi Foo, sustainability director, told CTV News Edmonton that before her son was part of the program, he could not ride a standard two-wheel bike."When they adapted a bike for him that he could ride, it was like, oh my god, he just found his freedom," she […]

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