Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) will host a free summer cycling program in the Toledo community to teach individuals with disabilities how to safely ride bicycles. This two-day a week program is fully funded by a generous grant from the Toledo Community Foundation. The $20,000 grant will also provide funds for PEAC to work with the Toledo Ability Center at Camp Cricket.
PEAC strives to “empower individuals with disabilities through cycling” because they believe “everyone can ride.” The summer cycling program is geared toward helping students with disabilities identify and reach their cycling goals through specialized, individualized curriculum. Biking provides cyclists with increased community access and social involvement, and it also promotes an active lifestyle and a healthy self esteem.
The history of PEAC began with a tragic cycling accident in 1988 that led John Waterman, who was then a public school teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan, to initiate a bike safety program for children with disabilities. A student from the special education classroom was hit by a car while riding his bicycle at night, without a helmet, and was severely injured. It took several years of partnering with other nonprofit organizations before Programs to Educate All Cyclists officially opened in 2004, as “an independent nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities by using cycling for transportation, integrated recreation, fitness, and therapy.”
For more information on PEAC and/or this funded summer program, or to donate to PEACE,
visit their website at bikeprogram.org or call 734-484-2758.