Area of Focus: Basic Education & Literacy

Lead Club Name: Danville/Sycamore Valley

Lead Rotarian: Worthington, Jack

Year: 2019-20

Project Budget: $25,500.00

DDF Grant Amount: $15,000.00

The goal of I Can Bike is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two wheel and become a lifelong independent rider. This achievement creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self reliance in many other aspects of their lives. The Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary Club and will partner with other local Rotary Clubs and the Down Syndrome Connection – Bay Area to provide a summer camp (July 2020) that uses specialized instructional staff, and adapted bicycles, to train and enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a bicycle. Riders attend one 75 minutes session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride, while accompanied and encouraged by Rotarians and Interact volunteer spotters. The training will be at a local school site in the San Ramon Valley. Riders are children ages eight and up, as well as teens and adults. We envision a collaborative effort with the community that includes enlisting the support of local merchants, bike shops, bike riding clubs, local schools and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Initially upwards of 40 student riders will be invited to participate and benefit from this unique opportunity. As we, Rotarians, gain the training and experience we are open to providing the support and assistance to other Rotary Clubs that want provide a similar program to their community.

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