You know the old expression, “It’s as easy as riding a bike?” Whoever said that clearly hadn’t taught anyone to ride a bike. Riding a bike is hard work under the best of circumstances. For people with autism spectrum disorders, Downs syndrome, and a variety of other physical or mental differences, learning to ride is nearly impossible. In fact, some studies indicate that 80 percent of people with autism spectrum disorders never learn to ride a bike. Recently, thanks to the efforts of Paul and Cindy Auger and a team of ICanShine (www.icanshine.org) volunteers, our daughter defeated those odds.
So here’s a huge shout-out and hearty thank you to Paul and Cindy and to all of the volunteers for the Treasure Valley “I Can Bike” camp that was held earlier this month. They brought together teams of volunteers, parents and riders with one goal in mind — to help people with disabilities learn to ride. This is the third year in a row they’ve hosted an ICanBike camp in the Boise area.
For all you bikers out there, I would challenge you to sign up to volunteer for next year’s camp. If you can’t volunteer, but can help financially, visit Icanshine.org to make a donation.
Rebekah Harvey, Boise