Two bicyclists ride along the Greenway at the North Bentonville Trail in Bentonville in this July 30, 2021 file photo. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo) BENTONVILLE — More than 100 deaf cyclists from across the country will be here this week to travel the city’s mountain bike trails.
The deaf social cycling event Bikeboom Series will be filled with skills clinics, group tours, volunteering and panel discussions to learn more about deaf experiences, according to a news release. Bikeboom starts Thursday and is hosted by the U.S. Deaf Cycling Association.
People with disabilities represent the largest minority group in the world and have been left behind in the outdoor recreation industry, the release stated. Deaf individuals also have been underserved, making it difficult to afford a mountain bike or find riding partners who communicate with American Sign Language, according to the release.
American Sign Language is the main language among deaf schools and deaf communities. It is better understood with the use of eyes, hands and expression, said Hugh Carey, the event’s media coordinator.
"You will see lots of flying hands during Bikeboom, as if you are in a different country with its own language," he said.
The event was made possible by the Walton Family Foundation, Ozark Outdoor Foundation and Visit Bentonville to ensure bike rentals are free and help with other expenses so deaf cyclists can converge and grow the sport in the deaf community, according to the release.
During the event, there will be seasoned deaf riders with group rides exploring the trails. There […]