Two years ago

Pearks hosts bike program for kids with disabilities

Kids with special needs will have the chance to learn how to ride a bike, thanks to the iCan Ride program being brought to Victoria.

Kids with special needs will have the chance to learn how to ride a bike, thanks to the iCan Ride program being brought to Victoria.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island are sponsoring the five-day camp that uses a specialized bike for kids with cognitive or mobility impairments. The camp runs from July 8 to 12 at Pearkes arena in Saanich and will offer bike training to about 40 kids.

The specialized bike has a roller for a back wheel to provide stability, and which is gradually reduced in width as the child gains balance and confidence. iCan Bike says the vast majority of people with autism or Down syndrome won’t learn to independently ride a two wheeled bike, which is the driving motivation behind the organization.

The Children’s Health Foundation has donated $13,000 toward the camp, and is fundraising to bring the camp back to Victoria next year. Widespread in the U.S., Victoria is the only Canadian location outside of Ontario offering the program.

To donate toward iCan Bike, see childrenshealthvi.org.

For more information on the camp, e-mail jade.simpson@viha.ca or see icanshine.org/victoria-bc.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Purple Day marks long journey for Gorge resident

Legislative Assembly to recognize epilepsy on Tuesday

More people are hauling themselves to Greater Victoria

Victoria ranks second in U-Haul’s migration survey, behind Kingston

Increasing cloudiness with a high of 12 C for today

A look ahead at this week’s forecast

West Shore RCMP better than municipal police forces, mayors say

West Shore municipalities funding more officers and civilians at local detachment

Stay alert for spring sweepers on Greater Victoria highways

Motorists asked to be on the lookout as road crews prepare for spring

Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open

But while Mueller fully ruled out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on presidential obstruction of justice

Ice climbers scale Canada’s tallest waterfall on Vancouver Island

Ice climbers Chris Jensen, Will Gadd and Peter Hoang made history

Tofino woman beseeches town for nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

B.C. doctor reprimanded for accessing medical records without consent

Doctor admits to accessing records of the woman carrying his child

Video service to compete with Netflix, Amazon expected from Apple on Monday

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Kootenay city councillor starts nationwide climate caucus for municipal politicians

Climate Leadership Caucus has 57 members including seven mayors

Edmonton judge to rule on whether Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Canada’s top court ruled punishment handed Khadr for alleged acts committed in Afghanistan when he was 15 was to be a youth sentence

Most Read