2015 Bikes for the Rest of Us matches 80 people with adaptive cycles

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Bikes for the Rest of Us — Mary Free Bed’s popular annual adaptive bike event — was held Saturday, April 25, in the parking ramp of the Mary Free Bed professional building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Bikes for the Rest of Us 2015 _ 1The chilly (but dry!) morning provided a productive, fun-filled opportunity for attendees to select and try the bicycle best suited for their needs.

Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports manager Maria Besta said 80 participants were served at the event, including children, teens and adults.

Thanks to the generosity of the Mary Free Bed Guild, many participants were eligible for funding assistance to purchase their adapted bikes and equipment.

This year’s vendors included Airway Oxygen, the Creative Mobility Group, AMBUCS and West Michigan Bike & Fitness (which now also carries TerraTrike cycles). Selections ranged from “recycled” adaptive tricycles, to tandems, to competitive handcycles — and everything in between.

The Wayland Kiwanis donated and fitted bicycle helmets for participants. More than 70 volunteers — including numerous Mary Free Bed staff and alumni — donated their time and talents.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 Bikes for the Rest of Us such a success!

Find event photos below and at the Mary Free Bed Flickr pageBikes for the Rest of Us 2015 _7

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We have a bike we receive from you that our daughter cannot use any more. Where would we turn it in for someone else to use?

Tricia Boot

Hi Karen, You may drop the bike off at the front desk at Mary Free Bed, and another child will benefit from it. Thanks so much! Contact our Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports staff at 616.840.8356 with any additional questions.


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