Adaptive cycling coming to Sisters

 

Last updated 7/5/2022 at Noon



Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) and Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) have partnered to bring the OAS community cycling series to Sisters.

On Friday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., OAS and SPRD will offer a free event at SPRD at the Sisters High School parking lot (1750 McKinney Butte Rd.). Adaptive handcycles, recumbents, electric assist, and tandem bikes, along with helmets and adaptive gear, will be on hand for anyone to try, from kids to adults, to experience and to learn about adaptive cycling. With the help of OAS volunteers, participants will be exploring the surrounding Sisters bike paths. All experience levels are welcome.

Cycling is an important part of the Sisters Country culture and it draws many visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty and great trails. It’s one of the most important forms of outdoor recreation in Central Oregon.

Not everyone has the luxury of simply hopping on a bike and riding around Sisters. New designs and technological advances have produced a variety of adaptive cycling equipment, making it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the exercise and exhilaration of outdoor cycling. Adaptive sports are a unique experience tailored for each individual. Adaptive cycles are bikes that are modified to fit the needs of an individual rider. There are a wide variety of ways that a bicycle or tricycle can be modified to make cycling possible (and fun) for anyone.

OAS offers community cycling programs and support for cycling events for a wide range of people with disabilities throughout Central Oregon. Staff and volunteers are trained to work with specialized cycling equipment and can support rides with varying degrees of duration or challenge. OAS also has trained tandem captains for riders with visual impairments.

 

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