Bike to the Beach is excited to announce that we are expanding our partnership with iCan Shine. We are hosting our second iCan Bike program, May 30-June 4th. We have partnered with the Mason Life Program, an amazing post-secondary program for adults with disabilities at George Mason University.
The Mason Life iCan Bike camp is designed to teach their students to bike ride and to engage the general George Mason community as volunteers. We believe that this is a fantastic opportunity for the George Mason Alpha Xi Delta Chapter to support their fellow students and have a 1-on-1 experience with students who are affected by autism.
iCan Bike is a specialized instructional program that uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, and a trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike. Approximately 80% of the people who participate in iCan Bike programs learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.
Graduates of the program will receive FREE registration to Bike to the Beach’s Family Challenge Charity Ride, an 8-mile ride during the last portion of Bike to the Beach’s 100-mile charity bike ride from Washington, DC to Dewey Beach, DE.
We need Volunteers! Each rider needs 1 to 2 volunteer “spotters” to guide them, encourage them, and facilitate their learning. If a “spotter” can attend all 5 days of camp, he/she will be able to work with the same rider for each of the 5 days and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike! 75 invigorating minutes per day. If spotters cannot make it every day, they will still have a great time working with the riders. It truly is a rewarding exercise and emotional experience — all of our volunteers loved the camp we did in 2015.