Crotched Mountain offers accessible cycling program
Adaptive cycling is specifically designed to assist people with disabilities and offers a variety of options from recumbent and hand cycles to trikes and tandems.
“It depends on their abilities, it depends on their needs,” said program volunteer Cynthia Davenport of Henniker.
“These recumbent bikes are amazing,” Davenport said. “CMARS fills my soul. It does. It makes your heart bigger. There’s this like whole thing, you see the CMARS smile when they start moving. And they take such good care of people.”
“I like it because it gives me an opportunity to get out and do something I did before my accident, because I was an avid biker before, and my balance is not so good right now so I can’t really go out on two wheels and be stable,” Alkinburgh said. “Before the accident, I was a physical education teacher so being active in a lot of different activities that I did before the accident really helps me a lot to get my confidence back up. … I love it.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without recreation therapy,” Alkinburgh said. CMARS helps her to continue to pursue recreational therapy independently.
The week before a group rode through Jaffrey and Rindge.
“We consider this our adventure biking so it’s a little bit of a higher level of biking,” Harris said.
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