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Children ride new bikes with joyful glee at CLIU 21


Special to The Press

Lehigh Carbon Intermediate Unit 21, in partnership with Variety, the Children’s Charity, gifted five adaptive bicycles and one adaptive stroller recently at the intermediate unit in Schnecksville.

The bicycles, manufactured by Blackburn’s Specialty Medical Products, cost approximately $7,000-$8,000, and are designed to allow special needs children the opportunity to ride a bicycle.

The money was raised by the Carbon Lehigh Special Needs Children’s Foundation.

The bicycles require an adult to manage the bicycle while being ridden by a child, allowing both the child and adult to enjoy a workout together.

An important component of the program is the “My Bike Pledge” which each parent or responsible adult is asked to take to ensure the safety of any child using the adaptive bicycles.

PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Adaptive bicycles for special needs children await their riders at the CLIU 21 presentation on Sept. 13.
Dr. Mark Scott, director of Special Programs and Services, addresses those attending the adaptive bicycles presentation at CLIU, Schnecksville.
Randy Prunty, business development manager for Blackburn's Medical Specialty Medical Products, demonstrates the safe and proper use of the children's adaptive bicycles. Each one is made especially for each child.
Ashlee Naples, program manager with Variety, the Children's Charity, leads parents and attendees in the “Bicycle Pledge” at the Adaptive Bicycle event at CLIU 21, Schnecksville.
Dr. Elaine Eib, executive director of CLIU 21, joins mom Nahla Mahmoud and son, Fahd, for his inaugural ride on the adaptive bicycle. Additional photos appear on page A2. PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Jason and Patricia Kalbath accompany son, Casen, on his first adaptive bicycle journey.