2024 Adapted Bike Program

The Adapted Bike Program ensures that children, youth, and young adults with physical disabilities know the simple joy of riding a bike.

REGISTER TO BORROW AN ADAPTED BIKE, SELECT THIS OPTION IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE ADAPTED BIKE PROGRAM
RENEW OR EXCHANGE THE BIKE YOU ARE BORROWING FOR A DIFFERENT BIKE
IF YOU ARE NO LONGER INTERESTED IN BORROWING A CP KIDS BIKE, PLEASE RETURN THE BIKE SO ANOTHER CHILD CAN RIDE.

In 2023, the Adapted Bike Clinics helped over 250 kids received a new bike. This was only possible through the help of dozens of volunteers and the support of our partners. If you are interested in receiving a bike next year, check back soon as our program will re-open January 2024.

If you are borrowing an adapted bike and require maintenance, are looking to adapt your own bike, or want to purchase an adapted bike please email our Adapted Bike Shop at: bikeshop@calgarycp.org

Adapted Bike Program Benefits
  • $75/year to borrow a bike that can cost from $600 to $4,000
  • Families can exchange the bike for a larger bike as the participant grows
  • Bikes are fit individually and adapted for the rider’s abilities
  • Participants can purchase helmets and other accessories at a reduced cost
  • Free maintenance on borrowed bikes
  • Friends and Family receive 20% discount on labour for their bikes at our bike shop
  • Prevent over 100 Kg of CO2 released per bike recycled through our program each year (~100 kg CO2 is released from driving a gasoline car 500 km)
  • Health benefits from exercise (parents and cyclists)
Over 20 Years Of Riding

Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families (CPKF) held its first Adapted Bike Clinic in 1999. It became the flagship program for the agency and allowed us to build community awareness, improve the lives of our members and cultivate partnerships with businesses and other non-profit agencies throughout Calgary. We have had the privilege of providing more than 1400 children the opportunity to experience the joy of riding a bike.

Children with neuromotor disabilities often experience compromised gross and fine motor skills due to brain damage. This means that riding a typical bike is simply not possible. However, with customized adaptations such as special seats, side stabilizing wheels, raised foot plates, specialized handlebars, and other features, these children are able to propel, steer and control a bike.

How our Adapted Bike Program Works

At various adapted bike clinics, children with neuromotor disabilities trial modified bicycles with qualified staff. Each bike will ultimately be custom adapted to the child’s specific needs. These adapted bicycles and tricycles can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per bike, depending on adaptations and physical needs of the child.

The high costs of modified bikes are make them unattainable for the average family caring for a special needs child and there is no government funding for recreation equipment like bicycles. We make the simple joy of riding a bike possible for every child who comes through our doors with a nominal annual fee.

“This program has given my child opportunities that our family could not otherwise afford. Those opportunities have greatly expanded the depth of her life.” — NICKLE FAMILY

“Thank you so much for allowing our daughter to be a part of this wonderful program. We are very thankful for the kind lending of this great recreational activity that we can do as a family, and it is so great for her to be able to continue to work on her coordination and strength. Thank you again!”
— PEACOCK FAMILY

“Access to an adaptive bike not only helps Amelia keep active but allows us to be out in our community together having fun!”
— LABBY FAMILY

Thank you to our supporters

CP Kids and Families operates on the ancestral territories of the Blackfoot and Treaty 7 peoples including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations; within the city of Calgary, home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

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