Adaptive Biking Puts Everyone on the Trails
A bike ride along one of the beautiful trails in Charlevoix and Emmet counties is a recreational activity enjoyed by many in northern Michigan, but opportunities to participate in recreational activities are not readily available for friends, neighbors and visitors living with disabilities.
“Jumping on a bike to hit the northern Michigan trail systems is often taken for granted,” shares Linda Armstrong, Challenge Mountain Program Director. “For those living with disabilities, adaptive equipment is expensive and not easily accessible.”
“Riding a bike gives those living with disabilities a sense of independence,” says Armstrong. Bike donations over the past few years have increased the Challenge Mountain fleet to 13. Tricycle-style therapeutic bikes, bucket bikes, two-wheelers, side-by-side, hand-crank, and buddy bikes help Challenge Mountain to accommodate various disability levels. “Biking allows participants to enjoy the outdoors in an exciting and active way.”
Challenge Mountain was established in 1984 as a non-profit 501c3 organization with a simple mission: to enrich lives and empower individuals through year-round adaptive recreation.
“At Challenge Mountain, we believe that all people, regardless of ability, should have opportunities to experience life and adventure, and in doing so realize their personal value, strengths and abilities,” explains Elizabeth Looze, Executive Director. “The obstacles faced and support discovered in these experiences help people become stronger individuals and community members.”
“Programs like adaptive biking, kayaking and boating, for example, are available to participants without financial burden thanks to generous donors and volunteers,” explains Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Looze. To get involved or to make a donation, visit challengemtn.org, shop at the Resale Store at 1100 Boyne Avenue in Boyne City, or call 231.582.1186.
Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization.