"Learn to Ride" Bike Camp Being Offered

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Riding a bike is one of the summertime joys of childhood. Yet for many children and their parents, learning to ride a two-wheeler can be a very frustrating experience. To help children develop independent bike riding skills, the Barber National Institute is sponsoring a four-week bike program. The “Learn to Ride” Camp is funded by the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation and offered free of charge.

In Erie, bike camp will be held Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 9 - 10 a.m. and 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. in the west parking lot at the Barber National Institute.

Camp will also be held in Warren on Saturday, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 at the Warren County YMCA at 212 Lexington Avenue.

The program is ideal for children and young adults with special needs including autism, Down syndrome, mild cerebral palsy, sensory issues, developmental delays or behavioral issues. Camp can also assist any child who is having difficulty making the transition to riding without training wheels.

Participants should have a bike and helmet, but a limited number may be available for use. More information and applications are available at www.BarberInstitute.org. For questions about the Erie program, call Cindy Priester at 814-878-4031, and in Warren call Diane Muntz, 814-726-8445.