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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Volunteer Call Out to Therapists for March 4 (3 pm-7 pm), March 6 (9 am-1 pm or 12:30 pm-4:30 pm) & April 9th!

Volunteer Call Out to Therapists for March 4 (3 pm-7 pm), March 6 (9 am-1 pm or 12:30 pm-4:30 pm) & April 9th 
You Can Ride 2 (YCR2) aims to decrease barriers to cycling participation for children with disabilities.  For kids unable to ride a 2 wheeled bike, we have a couple of events coming up through our Borrow a Bike program that helps parents find the best bike for their child.  Please review the opportunities for therapists to volunteer below.  The link to sign up is here: Try A Bike and Fitting Days therapist sign up sheet

Volunteer Therapist Training Provided

Question often asked - 'does YCR2 need therapists to know about fitting bikes?' The answer is no - no previous training is needed for therapists. YCR2 provides training and help therapists learn new skills hands on. We're happy to have you shadow a seasoned volunteer and learn how the therapists and bike enthusiasts collaborate to fit the kids to their adaptive bike. 
For those interested in 2 wheeled cycling, we may be having an inservice on Saturday March 5 at Broxton Park school. Running this session is based on interest. If you are interested please email:  janine@edmontonbikes.ca  and sign up to volunteer for our Adaptive Bike Program Try A Bike and Fitting Days therapist sign up sheet
Registration for our Edmonton course (Gold Bar park, Thursday nights beginning at the end of April) is now open via our website http://www.youcanridetwo.ca/you-can-ride-two/courses/
Certificates with number of education hours and volunteer practice hours available.
Adaptive Bike program
The Adaptive Bike program has a loan pool of 120 adaptive bikes and hand cycles. In it, we partner cyclists with pediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists to help children with disabilities ride a bike that's adapted for their needs.  We see vast improvements in cycling participation by asking lots of questions to initially match bikes,  adding modifications and adjusting each bike specifically to the child.  It’s biomechanics meets bike fit meets really happy children!


YCR2 Spring Dates 2016:
Spruce Grove (Broxton Park School: 505 MacLeod Avenue)
Friday March 4, 2016 Try a Bike day from 1-7 pm— over 95 children currently registered to attend with a parent. We're probably going to host over 150 families who will be looking for the bike that would fit their child the best. Many are coming with their community therapist, but we desperately need help for those kids whose therapist can't make it.  

Sunday March 6 Bike fitting day  from 9 am-4 pm— we will be fitting bikes to specific children. This is the day that the kids go home with the bikes.



Edmonton (location TBA)

Saturday April 9 Bike fitting day from 9 am-4 pm— we will be fitting bikes to specific children. Mechanics and therapists work as a team with physiotherapists and occupational therapists to set up each bike.    The smiles are priceless!


Thank you for helping kids ride bikes!  If you have a spouse or a friend that would like to help out but isn’t a therapist, please have them sign up here Try a Bike and Fitting days general sign up

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