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BikeNow! Bike Camp

Camp Dates: June 29-July 3rd, 2020

Please read the information below before registering

 

BIKE WEEK IS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE

Riders blossom and beam with pride over their new-found skill, volunteers cheer, and parents tear up to see their child take flight, alone, for the first time. BikeNow! is open to children 8 years and up; meaning there is no cap on the end age!

People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics—including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor challenges, and developmental delays. 

Typically-developing children learn to ride a bicycle with help from their family and friends. Unfortunately, most individuals with disabilities who try this route are unsuccessful.

Through careful research into the elemental physics of bicycle riding, Dennis Blong and his team designed and built a unique type of adapted bike that enables the rider and bike to function together as a system. Our new design uses air cylinders to gently cushion the rider while keeping the rider safely upright. As the rider’s skill develops over the course of the week, we gradually reduce the air pressure until the rider is on his/her own. Our bike mechanic and floor director make the necessary adjustments and guide the riders as they progress.

The BikeNow! program works with children, youths, and adults who experience difficulty getting past training wheels and onto conventional two-wheelers.

BikeNow! is an event started in Medford in 2015 and sponsored by various donors around the valley that was originally founded in Portland, Oregon in 2006 (under ABI's Bike First!). We are proud to have served many children through Bike Now! and are privileged to bring to Medford a program that systematically teaches individuals the skills needed to ride typical bicycles.

FAQ's

Q: What is the age limit?

A: BikeNow! is open to ages 8 and up

Q: What is the cost per BikeNow! participant?

A: $250 per rider for the week (Scholarships are available, call us for more information). Each rider will receive a t-shirt and a trophy. 

Q: Where is it located?

A: TBD

Q: How long/when are the sessions?

A: There are 3 sessions per day. Your family can choose one preferred session time to attend each day. 

1. Mornings (9:00am-10:15am or 10:30am-11:45am)

2. Afternoons (12:30-1:45pm)

BEFORE YOU BEGIN REGISTRATION

  • Allow 20-30 minutes to complete the form
    We recommend that you do NOT register on your phone. There are a lot of questions and many of them require lengthy/thorough answers.
     

  • Payment
    Payment is required upon completion of this registration form (unless Bike Camp is full and you are signing up for the waiting list). If you wish to contact us about scholarships or other funding sources, please contact us BEFORE beginning registration.

    The cost of a full week of Bike Camp is $250.

     

  • Full-face photo of the rider in jpeg format
    You will be uploading it at the end of this form and will not be able to complete the registration without it.
     

  • Make sure you are available to attend the MANDATORY meeting For parents/caregivers on Sunday, June 28th at St Mary's High School Gym at 4:00 pm.
     

  • Rider's weight, height, and inseam measurements.

     Very important! Accurate measurements provide essential info for bike size selection.

 

After payment is processed and ALL required pieces are complete, we will confirm the rider's session via e-mail. Please check your spam/junk folder, as this has been a problem in the past.

To measure inseam accurately, you will need a tape measure and a large clipboard or large, thin book.

 

  1. Remove the rider’s shoes and back him/her up against a wall.

  2. Place the book or clipboard between the rider’s legs with the edge square against the wall so that it acts as a T-square.

  3. Raise the book ALL the way while maintaining the T-square effect. Make sure the rider’s heels remain on the floor. The measurement needs to be from the pubic bone to the floor.

  4. Measure the distance from the top of the clipboard/book to the floor.