Bike Buddy launched
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.
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.