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iCan Bike

Teach them to ride and see where they go!



How the program works: 

  • Riders learn to balance, pedal, steer and take off on their own, by attending 5 days for 75 minutes each day.
  • Adapted approach to each individual rider based on the accomodations they may need to benefit the most from the program.
  • Two volunteers area assigned to each rider to serve as their spotters providing physical support, motivation and encouragement throughout the week. 

Benefits of Riding a Bicycle:
The program works! Success rate of riders independently riding a bicycle (at least 75 feet with no assistance) by the end of our iCan Bike programs is approximately 80% and all riders progress and gain skills during the week with benefits including:

  • Increase in self-esteem and confidence spills over into many other aspects of their lives
  • Positive changes in family dynamics
  • Inclusion opportunities
  • Independent transportation
  • Increase in recreation that improves physical fitness, mental health and overall quality of life

Requirements for Participation:
To ensure the safety of our riders and the best use of our limited resources we have established certain criteria that all riders must meet to be eligible to attend a DSCBA iCan Bike program. All riders must:

  • be at least 8 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Be a DSCBA Member
  • have a Down syndrome
  • walk without an assistive device (e.g., walker or cane)
  • be able to side step swiftly to both sides
  • be able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet at all times when on a bicycle
  • have a minimum inseam measurement of at least 20” when measured from the floor wearing sneakers
  • not exceed 220 lbs

Riders Need a Bike and Helmet

All riders must have an appropriate personal bike and helmet brought to camp and available for use in the DSCBA iCan Bike program.

For more information on our iCan Shine Bike Camp: 

Our Mission

To empower, inspire and support people with Down Syndrome, their families and the community that serves them, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life.