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Another year of free adaptive equipment available in Scranton

University of Scranton Students learn how to use adaptive bikes from Scott Wilson, right.
Aimee Dilger
University of Scranton Students learn how to use adaptive bikes from Scott Wilson, right.

Adaptive bicycles can be expensive. Transporting the equipment adds an additional cost.

To remove limitations, Individual Abilities in Motion (I AM) will partner again with the University of Scranton to provide cycles and training to people with all different types of mobility issues.

"Accessibility to equipment and expenses, definitely are two of the factors that I think are hurdles for people participating in more activities," said Joe Salva, president of I AM.

Last year, I AM launched the Bike Buddy program. About 10 adaptable bikes are available at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority in Scranton. The bikes are free to use on the authority's Heritage Trail just behind the office. University of Scranton physical therapy students are available to help cyclists and caregivers learn how to transfer and cycle.

"We are hoping that the Bike Buddy Program is going to help train people so that they can come and use the bikes on their own," said Elizabeth Doyle, physical therapist, adjunct professor at the university and member of the I AM board.

In early April, the students practiced transferring each other onto the adaptive cycles at the authority's office. Salva, Doyle and Scott Wilson guided them. They rode from room to room to learn how the bikes work before taking them out onto the trail.

The bikes accommodate all abilities: people with spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, Parkinson’s, MS, walking difficulties and more. Most of them are hand cycles. There’s also a side-by-side tandem bike with an electric boost.

"We want to get people riding as much as possible," said Doyle.

I AM hosts a variety of events throughout the year for people with mobility issues, including water skiing, off-roading and wheelchair basketball.

A free Community Awareness Event for the Bike Buddy Program will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the authority's office at 213 Railroad Avenue, Scranton. There is a group ride at 12:30.

For more details or to schedule an appointment, contact bikebuddy@individualabilities.org.

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.

You can email Kat at katbolus@wvia.org