We all know that maintaining a healthy life style is important for all ages, so why not take a bike ride to celebrate May as National Bike Month?
I firmly believe that bike riding benefits children with special needs, both as an enjoyable physical activity as well as a positive influence for their mental, emotional and social health.
For these reasons, the Barber National Institute offers three biking programs:
- An adaptive biking program during the school day that allows children with physical disabilities to engage in a biking experience. With a fleet of over 50 adaptive bikes, each bike can be tailored to a student’s specific needs.
- A “Learn to Ride” Bike Camp for children 5-15 years of age who have yet to master a two-wheel bike. Offered the past 5 years, nearly all of the children are able to “take off” and ride independently after the 4 week program. The program is free and open to the public and we still have a few openings, so contact us as soon as possible to register. For more information, visit: https://www.barberinstitute.org/programs-services/children/bike-camp
- The BNI collaborates with My Variety so that eligible children can receive an adaptive bike that they can use at home. Over 50 of our students are now riding the peninsula with their families due to the generosity of My Variety. For more information on My Variety, visit: https://www.varietypittsburgh.org/
So Get Ready, Set, and Ride!