Learning to ride
Dany Crowley, 16, of North Stonington, having graduated to the two wheel bike, rides with volunteer, Alex Rose, 18, of East Lyme, running behind keeping a hand on the handle to assist if needed while riding around the East Lyme Middle School parking lot, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Crowley and other students with disabilities are learning to ride bicycles through the iCan Bike program at East Lyme Middle School this week. The students learn by starting on a two wheel style bike with the back wheel replaced with an adaptive roller system, resembling a rolling pin, and gradually the rollers are replaced with slightly more tapered ones. Once they develop a sense of balance they move on to two wheels.
The week long program was made possible with the partnership of iCan Shine, Inc., East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department and The Miracle League of Connecticut.
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