Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Bike trails for Handcycling
Also, CSUMB does have a handcycle to rent. I believe that to use the handcycle you would need to go through the Student Disability Services on campus.
Handcycling is a great exercise and even people with relatively weak hands can try it. It is also good for those who have balance problems or people who are recovering from strokes.
Monterey has really nice, accessible bike trails. It is safe and the views are spectacular. It is a fantastic area to ride a handcycle (a bike that is used for people with mobility disabilities/wheelchair user). Unfortunately, none of the bike-rental places in the Monterey area offer handcycles but they are a great purchase if you can get that opportunity. There is a foundation called Challenged Athletes Foundation that offers handcycles to individuals with disabilities. I have the link for that in the fourth paragraph :)
Some cities (ex. San Diego) offer handcycling sessions through the Parks and Recreation programs. I for one would be very excited to see something like this happening in Monterey. Unfortunately, handcycles are quite expensive; much more costly then regular bikes. Even handcycles for kids cost about $1,500. Some foundations can help people with disabilities to obtain bikes. Kids (younger then 18) can apply to Athletes Helping Athletes for funds for a new handcycle. Heres is the link to Athletes Helping Athletes: http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/content/content.jsp?parentContentId=1800024&contentId=2400098
Adults with disabilities can try to obtain a grant for a sports equipment through Challenged Athletes Foundation www.challengedathletes.org.
Mountain biking (mostly downhill) is also a possibility. It's a bit scary, but loads of fun! I tried it at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado http://www.nscd.org/, but probably there is some place closer in California where someone could do it and if there is PLEASE let me know, I am dieiing to try it out again!