Children with special needs will be learning how to ride conventional two-wheeled bicycles at Sonoma State University from Jan. 17-21. These children often have a history of difficulty learning how to ride a bike using traditional methods.
Newly designed trainer bikes use air cylinders to gently cushion the rider while keeping the rider safely upright. As the rider's skill develops over the course of the camp, we gradually reduce the air pressure until the rider is riding on his/her own.
Each rider has a camp counselor who is at his/her side while on the bike, making any necessary adjustments as they gain confidence riding around the Sonoma State University gymnasium.
Children from Sonoma County and other Bay Area locations will attend the camp. SSU Professor of Kinesiology Elaine McHugh directs the camp. Instructors include adapted physical education teachers, along with students from SSU.
The fee for the 5-day camp is $275, with limited camperships available.
More information and registration materials are available at http://www.ucpnb.org/recreation/sidekicks-camp.