August 6-10 at County College of Morris

A special biking camp for persons with disabilities will be held at the County College of Morris in Randolph during the week of August 6.

Morris County’s first-ever iCanBike program will teach participants, ages eight and older, to ride independently. Using adapted, custom-built bike equipment, with assistance from trained professionals and volunteers, participants in the five-day program will receive 75 minutes of daily instruction.

Each rider will have two or three volunteer “spotters” to offer encouragement and provide physical support, if needed. The goal is for each rider to graduate to her or his own bicycle by the end of the week.

“This is a remarkable program that can benefit an important segment of our community,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We thank the organizers for bringing it to Morris County.’’

The fee for the nonprofit endeavor is $200, according to camp organizers Diane Doherty and Judy Lauber, who are both avid cyclists. “Biking has the potential for being a family activity since everyone can ride together,’’ noted Doherty. “For the campers, biking is a monumental accomplishment. And their families can sit back and enjoy watching the participants having fun.’’ Lauber added, “For the campers, biking can build self-esteem, improve their confidence, and improve their physical fitness.’’

The summer iCanBike at CCM can accommodate 40 participants. Each daily session will have a maximum of eight participants, with five sessions per day. The camp will be held indoors. Riders who acquire enough skill will be able to ride outdoors for part of the week in a roped-off parking area, with their volunteer spotters.

The event has several sponsors, including Marty’s Reliable Cycle shop. “This is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to learn to independently ride,’’ said owner Marty Epstein. The mission of another sponsor, Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation, is to promote safe cycling and advance awareness of the role of cycling in the community. The Hyatt House Hotel, also a sponsor, is facilitating reservations for professional staff members from the national organization, iCanShine, Inc.

Doherty stated that donations can be made to this “unique and rewarding program” to help the nonprofit group cover camp expenses. To learn more about iCanBike camp or to register, visit https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-randolph-nj.

Photo: Morris County Board of Freeholders/iCanBike

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