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    June 15, 2004  
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator (707) 664-2057


Unique Bike Designs Help Children With Special Needs Master the Art of the Two-Wheeler

Engineer Dick Klein's unusual bike designs help children with developmental disabilities master the art of riding a two-wheeler at a special bike camp this week at Sonoma State University.

Children who have previously faced multiple barriers in learning to ride conventional bicycles typically experience success using these unique bike trainers.

"They can now participate alongside siblings and peers in this pastime that is a childhood rite-of-passage," says SSU kinesiology professor Elaine McHugh who directs the camp from 9 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m. in the main gymnasium.

Adapted PE teachers from Sonoma and other Bay Area counties staff the camp, along with students from SSU, SFSU, and St. Vincent de Paul High School. As the children learn to ride, students gain valuable experience
teaching children with special needs.

A Bike Rodeo will top off the fourth annual Bike-Swim Camp from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Current and former campers, and other area children with and without disabilities, will participate in activities that challenge
their skills and test their knowledge of bike safety.

Stations will include such tasks as a “slow race,” a station in which riders try to keep their wheels between two narrow lines, and opportunities to show knowledge of traffic signs. Participants use two-wheelers, three-wheelers, or wheelchairs to complete the course. Local bike shops and police officers are expected to take part.

Similar camps have taken place in several other states during the past year. Only two others were planned this summer in California - one recently held at CSU Chico and another to be offered in Davis from June 21-25.

For further information, contact Elaine McHugh, (707) 664-2660.


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