Learning to ride a bike is easy, right? Maybe not so easy for children with disabilities. But think of the worlds of fun that it can open up if they could enjoy a bike ride with their family!
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is working with Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s adaptive cycling program, the Zia Freewheelers Adaptive Cycling Team to make those dreams come true! Recently providing grant money to support the program, BCBSNM is excited to see the only adaptive cycling team in New Mexico becoming a success!
How does it work?Bicycles are customized and adapted to a specific disability of each child, enabling them to have the freedom to ride on their own. The team is coached by a physical therapist and two assistant coaches who help with the modification of the bikes and training of the riders.
Every spring and fall, participants meet on Sundays at the North Valley bike trail to ride their customized bicycle along the bosque with their loved ones and their coaches. Many children with disabilities struggle every day to be independent and mobile. Being able to ride a bicycle not only helps them build confidence in their own abilities, but also strength, endurance, and independence and helps them to become more active in our community.
How are we helping?The funding that BCBSNM provides to the Zia Freewheelers Adaptive Cycling Team assists with the cost of repairs, replacement parts, and registration fees for the team to participate in a community cycling event in the fall.
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