Ready, Set, Ride!

IMG_1414Summer is the season of bike rides! Riding a bike is one of the summertime joys of living in Erie.  We have more than our fair share of great paths and trails around Lake Erie and the northeast region. Riding a bike is a lot of fun and a great exercise for children.  Learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle without training wheels is also an important milestone for children. To help children develop independent bike riding skills, the Barber National Institute is holding a four-week learn-to-bike program called “Ready, Set, Ride!”

The program is ideal for youngsters and young adults with special needs including autism, Down syndrome, mild cerebral palsy, sensory challenges, or developmental delays.
The “Ready, Set, Ride” program can also assist children having difficulty transitioning to riding without training wheels.

“Ready, Set, Ride!” will be held on Saturday, June 8, 15, 22 and 29 with sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

The cost for the program is $95, which may be covered through an Family Support Services allocation. Families may also apply for grants to provide full or partial scholarships. Participants should have a bike and helmet, but a limited number may be available for use. For more information, call 814-874-5671, or visit

Cycling with kids is a wonderful experience, and a great opportunity for a family to spend time and get exercise together. Summertime is almost here, let’s get ready to ride!

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