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February 17, 2019
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Community Events Calendar February 15, 2019 through February 28, 2019 Volunteer's Corner Rotary District 5130 provides multiple fire relief grants CTE Foundation invests in local schools SSU named one of the nation’s “Most promising places to work” New Entrepreneur in residence at Sonoma State University Cross and Crown celebrates 50th Anniversary Community Events Calendar February 8, 2019 through February 21, 2019 RP celebrates “I Heart RP” Feb. 10 Cotati hosts award dinner Coffee with Cotati cops Church of the Oaks crab feed Feb. 8-9 Hub Cyclery celebrates another year Burton Recreation Center gets a new look Community Events Calendar October 5, 2018 through October 18, 2018 Community Events Calendar January 11, 2019 through January 24, 2019 2nd Annual Sweethearts Fairytale Dance Let’s talk Turkey Recipes sought for B’nai Israel cookbook Community Events Calendar September 28, 2018 through October 11, 2018 Community Events Calendar December 28, 2018 through January 10, 2019 Welcome to a new year of reading and writing RCHS ‘sold out’ crab feed Community Events Calendar August 31, 2018 through September 13, 2018 Community Events Calendar October 19, 2018 through November 1, 2018 Local author donates to Wildfire Relief Charities LIME Foundation partners with local organization NorCal Honor Band accepts Analy High School musicians Gore in tune Community Events Calendar October 12 through October 25 Over 100 volunteers wrapping toys Community Events Calendar January 4, 2019 through January 17, 2019 Community Events Calendar February 1, 2019 through February 14, 2019 JavAmore, Caprara’s Pizzeria hold fundraiser Save Rancho Adobe FPD Sonoma Clean Power partners with Uber Homeless veterans receive greatest gift Volunteer's Corner Volunteer’s Corner RP Expressway improvements Remo is ready for dessert SSU’s Sakaki names Griffin-Desta as new Chief of Staff Haute Flash takes the stage Collaborating Together for Peace Community Events Calendar August 10, 2018 through August 23, 2018 Get your hula on for the Penngrove luau A day at Thomas Page Academy Elves clowning around Poetry Out Loud Sonoma County contest Community Events Calendar September 14, 2018 through September 27, 2018 Pastis visits the Ranch A Cotati home has the Christmas spirit Community Events Calendar January 25, 2019 through February 7, 2019 Bands and DJs playing great music in Cotati Photo exhibit by Penngrove artist sheds light on disability community Free Advance Care Planning workshop Jan. 15 SSU Outreach and events coordinator changes Celebrate Black History Month Cotati’s early morning breakfast Cotatians turned out in droves Sat. to celebrate Oliver’s Market 30th anniversary party Bark After Dark: Dinner and auction to help save animals Enrollment event at SC airport Would you make a great foster parent? 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Cycle Without Limits in action again at SSU

  • Rohnert Park residents and Sonoma State Kinesiology students, from left to right, Sydnie Barboza, Emily Neel, Gabriella Alvarez, Michael Marales, McKenna Borras, Devin Cornish and Jeffery David participated in January's annual United Cerebral Palsy of The North Bay Bike Camp helping "campers" learn to ride bikes using various tools like the specialized ride in the picture. Photo by Robert Grant

February 1, 2019

Nineteen years ago, Sonoma State kinesiology professor emeritus Elaine McHugh attended a conference where she saw an engineer and a kinesiology professor present a new way to teach children with special needs how to ride a bicycle.

“I was aware that riding a bike was a skill that is critical for children in our culture, a ‘rite of passage’ you can say,” said McHugh. “Being able to ride a bike means kids are able to recreate on an equal par with family members and friends, achieve a new level of independence and stay active.”

When she returned to Sonoma State, she founded Cycle Without Limits, an annual bike camp that has helped children with special needs learn how to ride a conventional two-wheeler with the help of specially designed bicycles. This year, the camp was held once again on Sonoma State campus.

“What has kept me so passionate about the camp is that by providing a way for children with challenges to learn this important skill, we have changed lives in a profound way,” said McHugh. “At each camp, we experience children gaining confidence they haven’t had before and that confidence spills over onto other challenges. We hear that children can now do something ‘just like other kids’ and are proud of themselves - plus, it gives families a new way to recreate together and stay active.”

The event, presented by Sonoma State University in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, uses bikes that have air cylinders to gently cushion the rider while keeping the rider safely upright. As the rider’s skill develops over the course of the camp, the air pressure is gradually reduced until the rider is riding on his or her own. Each rider has a camp counselor at their side while on the bike, making any necessary adjustments as riders gain confidence pedaling around the Sonoma State gymnasium. Instructors of the camp include adapted physical education teachers and SSU kinesiology students.

The event has been happening since 2001 when McHugh invited the team from the conference she attended to come to campus. After working with a shoestring budget for several years, she established a partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, where McHugh now serves on the board of directors. UCPNB employee Dennis Blong designed and built the camp’s own fleet of bikes in 2012.

The fee for the three-day camp is $300, with limited scholarships available. 

A summer edition of the camp will be offered June 10 to June 14 at SSU. The five-day camp includes a swim instruction session for children with disabilities.

For more information, visit http://ucpnb.org/recreation/cycle-without-limits-bike-camp.