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Weekly program brings free adaptive cycling to Bronxites with disabilities at Williamsbridge Oval

Weekly program brings free adaptive cycling to Bronxites with disabilities at Williamsbridge Oval

Nancy Briggs, who had a stroke about a year ago, tries adaptive cycling for the first time on Wednesday, May 18, alongside John Wilson, who…

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Nancy Briggs, who had a stroke about a year ago, tries adaptive cycling for the first time on Wednesday, May 18, alongside John Wilson, who had a stroke 13 years ago. It’s been almost a year since Nancy Briggs, 69, had a stroke and couldn’t move the right side of her body.

The Co-op City resident had to learn how to walk again, and although she is working on her strength, she gets tired walking short distances, so she typically uses a wheelchair to get from place to place.

“I wasn’t depressed but I was feeling down because I was used to being ambulatory and doing everything on my own,” she said in an interview with the Bronx Times.

Her new Wednesday routine, however, has left her feeling upbeat.

A new program launched on May 18 in the Bronx, which offers free weekly adaptive cycling sessions to people with disabilities with trained staff and volunteer guides at the Williamsbridge Oval.

The program run by Achilles International in partnership with Citi Bike — which is owned by Lyft — takes place weekly on Wednesdays through the first week in November. Francesco Magisano, the NYC metro region director for Achilles International told the Bronx Times the goal is to make it an annual program.

While Achilles has hosted the adaptive cycling meetup in Central Park in Manhattan for more than two decades, Magisano said, this is the first year it’s expanding to the outer boroughs. Along with the Williamsbridge oval site, the program has also spread to […]

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