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Camp Teaches Kids to Bike

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It's a milestone that virtually everybody wants to achieve.

Sometimes it isn't as easy as riding a bike, and that's where the iCan Bike camp can help. The camp not only benefits kids, but it gives families an opportunity to spend more time together.

"It opens up the door for their families, as well. A lot of people from last year that rode said now they can go on a family bike ride and they couldn't do that before," says camp coordinator Heather Lundeen.

Mastering a two-wheel bike is not only a milestone for these riders, but it's also a practical way of getting around.

"It's recreation. It's fitness. It's a way to get to work. It's a way to get to and from your friends house, and everybody in Bismarck does it. And we have such a wonderful community of bike trails and beautiful scenery. This is an absolutely amazing experience," says Lundeen.

The camp uses special adaptive rollers instead of training wheels that are designed to help those who struggle with balance.

"The first set that they're on, they're almost square and they allow the rider to just go and peddle without losing their balance and just become very confident. Up until the last set of rollers, where they're very tapered and very narrow, it allows the rider to ride almost as if they're on two wheels. They still might have a little bit of a fall, but it allows them to develop those balance reactions," says Lundeen.

And giving up just isn't an option for these riders.

"It's scary at first, but it's really good because you have to fall and get back up. So, you do things like this, and you fall, and you get back up and try it again," says camper Liam Frain.

This year, thirty kids are participating in the iCan Bike Camp.

 

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