Neurodiversity

You Can Ride 2 Normalized My Son’s Childhood

For the last month, the Edmonton Adaptive Bike Program You Can Ride 2 has been a hot topic in our home. As their social media manager, my husband and I have had quite a few discussions about the program. It is so true that “little ears hear” …  As I was preparing to write this post, A-man said, “I’d be sad If Lilly didn’t have a bike.”

I stopped in my tracks, and asked him what he meant by that. His response was simple, “Going for bike rides with Lilly is fun.”  I suddenly realized that the possibility of the program closing its doors (in 2020) will impact both of my children. This program has normalized my children’s childhood.

We got Lilly’s first bike when A-man was just a little over a year old, and she has had one ever since. It has been consistent activity in A-man’s life, no matter what is happening with Lilly. During the last two years, it has been hard to find activities that they can do together. During the summer, they can’t go to spray parks or the beach, but they can go for bike rides.

In the past, some people have made comments like “it must be so hard for A-man to be limited by Lilly’s mobility.” That is when I smile, and explain that we have an adaptive bike on loan from You Can Ride 2.

A-man’s childhood is influenced by lack of mobility due to the fact his sibling is in a wheelchair. Lilly having an adaptive bike allows my children to be mobile together.

Has adaptive bike riding normalized your children’s lives? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your story.

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