A Little Something to PEAC Your Interest:
- Created on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:27
Why Christina and I Chose PEAC
If you've been following RydeOn! news at all, you know that Christina and I are holding a Ryde-a-thon on Saturday, February 11 to raise funds for PEAC (Programs to Educate All Cyclists).
In fact, there's still time to register a team – just click here – or call us at 734-316-2356 if you'd like your company to sponsor this event.
But why did Christina and I choose PEAC from among the many, many other worthwhile causes out there?
That's an easy one – we chose PEAC because PEAC's mission aligns so closely with our own. At RydeOn! we help people meet their fitness goals – whether those goals are weight loss and fitness or just being able to use their own bikes to commute to and from school or the office.
PEAC extends that mission by making cycling available to people who otherwise might not be able to do it. PEAC works with people who have physical disabilities including vision-related disabilities so they can enjoy the fitness and social benefits of cycling as well as helping them become more independent.
Specifically, we're raising money on February 11 for PEAC's summer cycling program, which helps people with disabilities set and achieve cycling goals. The program assesses each student's capabilities and gears each one-hour class to each student's specific needs – balance, modifications to the bicycle, whatever it takes to allow that person to ride.
Imagine how excited you are whenever you reach your next mileage or weight loss goal. Now imagine – or remember – being able to ride a bike by yourself for the very first time. That feeling of accomplishment is the gift that PEAC gives to 200 students every summer.
PEAC also has programs that train sighted cyclists to captain tandem bikes to allow people with vision-related disabilities to ride and sponsors weekly summer rides for teams. They are providing mobility training – cycling and getting around town on foot – through several special education classes in the metro Detroit area. And they are working hard to make sure that children with disabilities are included in the Safe Routes to School movement to create safe, convenient, and fun routes to allow children to walk and bike to school.
As parents, as cyclists, and as members of this community, Christina and I are very excited to have this opportunity to help make a real difference – won't you join us on February 11th?