Category Archives: Special Needs

Happy…Happy….did I mention Happy

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Today Aaron Engle came to R Community Bikes with service coordinator Jonathan Fatta from the Hickok Center for Brain Injury to pick up a special adaptive recumbent trike donated by a caring family who no longer needed it.

Brian is a stroke survivor who has partial muscle control on his right side.

This trike is specially designed to be operated with one hand.  It was was tuned, adjusted and reconditioned at the shop. 

Brian has cycled using similar adaptive bikes on a ‘sign up / loan out’ basis provided by the SportsNet program in the past but now he can ride the Erie Canal bike path from Fairport any time he wants.

Trike for a girl with autism

2015-11-09 08.31.47Earlier this month, we gave a tricycle to an 11-year-old girl diagnosed with autism. This is part of RCB’s effort to help people with disabilities that prevent them from riding an ordinary bicycle. The girl’s parents want to remain anonymous, but reported that she “couldn’t wait to get home and start riding! This is the first time she has been able to ride, since her big wheels, without me having to hold on to the bike. Thank you very, very much.”

Delivering a Trike

Ordinarily, we can’t deliver bicycles to our customers. Last Saturday, however, when the new owner of one of our tricycles for disabled riders wasn’t able to safely navigate the whole distance home, RCB volunteer Rich Wheaton (who regularly goes above and beyond) offered to drop it off.

Two children with disabilities outfitted with tricycles

The Ricker Family: Charles, Jacob, and Sandra.

The Ricker Family: Charles, Jacob, and Sandra.

RCB's Dan Lill, Aidan Taylor, and Aidan's parents.

RCB’s Dan Lill, Aidan Taylor, and Aidan’s parents.

RCB is continuing to make tricycles available to cyclists with disabilities that prevent them from riding a bicycle. This week we outfitted Aidan Taylor and Jacob Ricker with new trikes.

Hot off the presses … 2014 Annual Report!

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Read about RCB’s 2014 milestones in our latest annual report. A few highlights:

  • our new efforts to supply tricycles to those with disabilities,
  • our technical support for charity rides like ROC the Ride (benefiting victims of Multiple Sclerosis), and
  • bike drives by Rotary Clubs and other organizations that kept us stocked with used bikes.

Of course, there was bad news as well. Last year marked the retirement of Jack Mazzarella, who for years has been supplying needy residents of Brockport with bikes. We’re proud to have supported Jack by helping him with repairs.

Just last month, volunteer extraordinaire Greg Thomas passed away after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Read the report for details of his many contributions to RCB.

Used Trikes Needed

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Bill tuning a trike.

If anyone has a tricycle that they no longer need, please get in touch with us.

Through a grant, we’ve been able to provide brand-new tricycles to a small group of individuals with severe disabilities, as described here.

However, we’re constantly getting requests for tricycles from people who have physical difficulties that don’t rise to the level of a disability but that do make riding a bicycle problematic.

If you have a trike that you’d like to donate, please contact us at rcombikes@yahoo.com or use the contact form below.

 

D&C covers RCB’s work with the disabled

On July 15th, the Democrat & Chronicle published Justin Murphy’s “Wheels widen world for people with disabilities,” documenting RCB’s efforts to outfit disabled riders with special tricycles funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.