Children with special needs will be learning how to ride conventional two-wheeled bicycles at a special winter bike camp from Jan. 17-20 at Sonoma State University.
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 them safely upright. As the rider's skill develops over the course of the camp, the air pressure is gradually reduced until the rider is riding on his or 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 University gymnasium.
Children from Sonoma County and other Bay Area locations attend the camp, directed by Professor of Kinesiology Elaine McHugh. Instructors include Adapted Physical Education teachers, along with SSU students.
The fee for the four-day camp is $300, with limited camperships available. This year, an optional "refresher day" of training on Saturday, Feb. 8 is also being offered.