Bike Buddy launched

The Glengarry News - - News -

BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

News Staff North Glen­garry just got a whole lot friend­lier for peo­ple with limited mo­bil­ity.

Last Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry launched its Bike Buddy pro­gram at Is­land Park. The pro­gram pro­vides Duet Bi­cy­cles – bi­cy­cles with fully de­tach­able wheel­chairs – for any­one in the com­mu­nity to use com­pletely free of charge.

About two dozen peo­ple at­tended the launch party, where they got to watch two vol­un­teers take a Duet Bi­cy­cle out for a brief ride.

Mau­rice Du­pelle, Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry’s fundrais­ing man­ager, says that each bike costs about $7,000. One of them was pur­chased with the funds raised at last year’s Com­mu­nity RUN­ning-Course com­mUNITÉ

The other was al­ready owned by the or­ga­ni­za­tion and, un­til re­cently, was not made widely avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Mr. Du­pelle says the bikes are ideal for any­one who might have a fam­ily mem­ber in a nurs­ing home who would like to ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of a bi­cy­cle ride.

He says that, as a gen­eral rule, bikes will be signed out for one­hour blocks, but they can be taken out longer if the rid­ers want to go on a far dis­tance ride.

The bi­cy­cles will be stored at the Sand­field Cen­tre in Is­land Park. Any­one wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram should sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry’s main of­fice on 332 Macdon­ald Blvd in Alexan­dria. An ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing on how to op­er­ate the Duet Bi­cy­cle would be sched­uled soon there­after.

The pro­gram ex­ists in part­ner­ship with North Glen­garry Town­ship.

This year’s run is sched­uled for Sept. 29. The pro­ceeds will help pur­chase a re­cum­bent bike, which will be per­ma­nently in­stalled at Is­land Park.

For any ad­di­tional in­quiries about the pro­gram please con­tact Mau­rice Du­pelle or Carol White of Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry at 613-525-4357, ext. 340 or ext. 346.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

DUET BI­CY­CLE: Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry em­ployee Phil Ma­heu takes Cor­rine Bonin for a ride on the new Duet Bi­cy­cle, which is avail­able, free of charge.

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