iCan Bike teaches disabled to ride a bike in Winona
WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A recent Winona State University grad working through the iCan Bike program is helping teach disabled children and adults how to ride a bike.
Gabey Davis has volunteered through the iCan Bike program for the past six years, but this year, just days after graduating from Winona State with an Athletic Training and Nutrition major, she's bringing the program to Winona for the first time.
iCan Bike is an adaptive bike camp for kids and adults with disabilities. Volunteers use special equipment to teach the riders to ride a two-wheeler solo in about five days. Some can do it in as little as three.
They also teach all the other little parts of bike riding most people don't even think about, like using a kickstand and getting started and stopped. Davis said what they really want to do is teach the riders they are capable of doing anything they want.
"It really teaches them a lot of independence," Davis said. "We see a lot of them that come in and they're a lot more confident in so many other aspects of their life, whether it's school. One of my riders came in and she was so excited to tell me on Wednesday of camp that she learned how to tie her shoes."
All the volunteers at the Winona program are high school students, and part of the iCan Bike program is teaching the volunteers how to work with people with disabilities.
This camp is running all week at Winona High School, but Davis hopes to expand the program in Winona.
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