iCan Bike is back giving children of all abilities the thrill of riding a bike

CHATHAM, ONTARIO (07/11/2023) – This week, the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC) welcomed back the iCan Bike program, July 10-14.

The camp, held in partnership with iCan Shine, welcomes 21 riders, with a range of abilities, to experience the thrill of learning to independently ride a two-wheeled bicycle. Participants from across Chatham-Kent take part in 75-minute sessions each day.

“We are thrilled to have the program return after a five-year break,” says Alison Munro, CTC Recreational Therapist and program organizer. “It’s an amazing program for our kids. Every day we watch riders not just improve skills but increase confidence and independence.”

Throughout each of the five sessions, riders work on bike skills, including balance and pedaling, while also improving confidence. Gradually, participants transition through bikes with various levels of balance support. The program is made possible through a strong volunteer network of over 60 CTC staff and community members who move alongside riders, ensuring they have encouragement and support throughout the program.

CTC credits Recreation Therapy staff for bringing this opportunity back to the community, and thanks all the volunteers, riders and donors for making this week a success.

“There’s nothing better than hearing a rider exclaim, ‘Best day ever!’, as they leave at the end of the day,” states Alli Shaw, CTC Recreational Therapist. “This week is a summer highlight not just for our riders, but for our staff and volunteers as well!”

The iCan Bike program is supported through funding from the Canadian Parks Recreation Association (CPRA) and the government of Canada.

Pictured: Volunteers Hannah Kennedy (L) and Zoe Ellis (R) assist rider, Marco, during iCan Bike program held at the Brady Centre this week.