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Local kids test drive adaptive tricycles

Local kids test drive adaptive tricycles

Jean Nielsen, PT, C/NDT

On Friday, Oct. 25, the local Muskegon Chapter of AMBUCS brought a trailer full of bikes to Health Pointe for seven local kids to “test-drive”. AMBUCS is a nonprofit organization that provides adaptive tricycles to people of all ages and abilities. AMBUCS Partners with physical therapist, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologist to provide the fun experience of bike riding to everyone.

The adaptive bikes provide the same benefits of riding a traditional bike: mobility, strength, coordination, interaction with friends and family and lots of fun! A great amount of fun was had by all at the bike day at Health Pointe by our riders, families and volunteers. Each child tried out a bike to best meet their individual needs. The smiles on their faces as they rode around the Spectrum Health Medical Group Outpatient Rehabilitation space were contagious. Requests for bikes have been submitted and now the kids eagerly await the arrival of their new bikes.

Adaptive tricycles often cost between $500 and $800. In order to provide riders with their new bikes, the local chapter raises money throughout the year through numerous fundraising activities. Friday, Nov. 15 Celebrity Barista Cathie Gagnon will be at Jumpin’ Java in Grand Haven fromĀ  a.m. to 11 a.m. The Treats for Trykes Dinner and Dessert Auction is April 25, 2020 and there will be Bowling-4-Bikes event in the fall of 2020.

Thank you to AMBUCs of Muskegon for taking the time to fit our local kids for their new bikes. We are so grateful that such a group exists to bring the fun bike riding to everyone!