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The Hoboken Family Alliance will host the 10th Annual Hoboken Bike Camp June 28-July 2 to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. This life-changing program fosters independence, inclusion and acceptance, two wheels at a time.
Operated in conjunction with iCanBike, a national, not-for-profit organization that has conducted hundreds of camps over the past decade, and the City of Hoboken, the camp uses a proven protocol with an 80% success rate. Because of specially adapted bikes that use a roller instead of a rear wheel, participants become more balanced and comfortable in an accelerated time period. An on-site bike technician and floor supervisor help advance throughout a series of levels and within five days they are riding independently.
Hoboken was the first city in New Jersey to host a camp in 2012 and four other N.J. cities have since followed. The camp is open to cognitively disabled individuals, 8-years-old and older and runs June 28 -July 2 at Hoboken High School. Riders will use adaptive equipment for the first three days but need to have their own bike by Thursday to transition successfully to their own bicycle. It's important that riders continue to ride once the camp is complete to continue practicing and applying their newly-learned skills.
The camp brings together the community through special events and fundraising but primarily through the volunteer efforts of more than 50 individuals who are the foundation for helping participants achieve success in the camp.