iCan Bike teaching children with disabilities how to ditch the training wheels

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iCan Bike is a national organization whose goal is to help local children with disabilities defy the odds.

For many of the kids that participated in this camp, they’ve either never riden a bike, or were too discouraged to get back on the horse.

Jackson Laib; 8 year old: “Pickin’ up speed!”

This is Jackson. An 8 year old with mild autism, and he’s come a long way in the last week.

Alan Laib; Father: “We started the class on Monday and he hadn’t ridden a bike all summer because he was just kind of discouraged. We took his training wheels away  and he got a new bike and tried it one time and just didn’t want to do it anymore.”

Jackson’s father says the overwhelming support from all the volunteers really motivate the kids to try again.

Jackson Laib; 8 year old: “I was kind of nervous because I’d fall off the bike but then some people holded on to me. And then, I wasn’t that scared anymore.”

Alan Laib; Father: “I’m going to be chasing him around at home.”

Over 80% of people with autism don’t get the chance to enjoy the fun of riding a bike. The camp is put on by iCan Bike, a national organization that hopes to change the statistics.

Heather Lundeen; Local Camp Director: “and the reason for that, biking is such a universal activity, and it’s used for recreation throughout our community, beautiful trails. Almost everybody rides a bike in Bismarck.”

To add to the fun, along with volunteers, the Bismarck PD, Burleigh County Sheriffs office, Department of Corrections and the Police Youth Bureau  were just a few of the folks who came out to cheer the children on.

Dan Donlin; Bismarck PD: “It’s just so joyful to help these kids and see that smile of their face… It’s beats the heck out of a Friday in the office.”

And Jackson can now enjoy the rest of his summer on two wheels.

iCan bike brought their camp to Bismarck 4 times in the last 5 years. With all the community support, they’re already looking forward to next year.

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