WHO CAN RIDE?
WHEN ARE RIDES AVAILABLE?
WHERE DO WE RIDE FROM AND TO?
HOW LONG DO RIDES LAST?
CAN FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN IN?
PREPARATION
FINAL NOTES

Who can ride?

Our FREE rides – we do the pedaling, our “wheelers” enjoy the view on uniquely designed e-assist tricycles – are available to people of all ages living with significant disability, debility, or dementia. People “who cannot ride a bike by themselves, but would love to go for a ride.” Our youngest to date is 6-years-old; our oldest: 107. These folks live at home, live in residential facilities, or take advantage of day-use programs. We come to them or they take advantage of our growing, “Come To Us” service (see below).

Ideal candidates have enough upper body strength to sit up for the duration of the ride. However, wheelers unable to transfer themselves independently may use the assistance of caregivers or family members.

People who can also participate include: those requiring mechanical assistance to transfer (e.g., with a Hoyer lift); those with urinary drainage devices, portable oxygen, and/or tube feedings; and those with dementia. (NOTE: Participants with special needs may, first, want to get clearance to ride by their doctor or caregiver.)

People who may not be able to participate include: those with postural or other conditions, such as a decubitus ulcer (pressure sore), that may prohibit them from sitting upright for a long period of time (30-minutes or more); those with an acute and contagious illness (e.g., a bad cough or symptoms of a cold or sore throat); or those with extreme, unpredictable behavior.

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WHEN ARE RIDES AVAILABLE?

Rides run from May through October, six days a week, mornings and afternoons. Core ride times are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 and Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:00.

We do not ride in the rain, extreme heat or cold, or strong, blustery wind. Any of these can lead to cancellations. All weather-related cancellations will be communicated to the facility, wheeler, or caregiver in advance. If you haven’t heard from us, we’re good to go.

We do not offer make up rides due to cancellations, weather-related or otherwise.

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WHERE DO WE RIDE … “COME TO US” RIDES?

Mostly we ride out from Greater Portland residential and day-use facilities that we have working agreements with. Depending on where the rides originate we generally roll along public trails and quiet neighborhood streets.

In addition, we offer our “Come To Us” (CTU) rides. CTU wheelers (passengers) are:

— individuals living in their own home within Greater Portland (the city and abutting towns, including Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough), or –

— individuals living in their own home or a residential facility, but outside Greater Portland (e.g., from nearby towns or from out of state, but visiting or traveling through).

In either case, these CTU wheelers get themselves into the city on their own or are brought in by family or friends or, in the case of a facility or some other organization, by shuttle van.

Individuals meet us at Cyclemania bike shop (65 Cove St., Portland) for Saturday rides through the season. Rides are reserved in advance and start at 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 AM.

Groups meet us at Ocean Gateway visitor information center (14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland) for weekday, AM or PM, 3-hour shifts. These shifts, starting at 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM, are reserved in advance and, often, on a regular basis.

From either location we enjoy riding along the waterfront on the beautiful Eastern Prom Trail.

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HOW LONG DO RIDES LAST?

Wherever we ride from, depending on who our wheelers are (e.g., their age, their disability), rides can last from approximately 10- to 45-minutes. During longer rides, halfway out we might take a short break, enjoy the scenery, talk among ourselves, and connect with others on the trail.

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CAN FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN IN?

Absolutely! We’d be happy to have you. Family and friends are encouraged to follow along with us, parade-style. Loved ones will, well … love it! Want to join in? No need to tell us in advance. This could be a last minute decision. Just bring your own bike and helmet (or on Saturdays at CycleMania use our free rentals) and show up at least 20-minutes before the ride is due to leave.

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PREPARATION … WAIVERS

If you have any question about the suitability of this activity, please get in touch with us well in advance. If, on site, we deem a rider unsuitable for the service, we reserve the right to refuse the ride.

Also, before going for a ride, qualified participants will need to sign our liability waiver and release. Please print this out, then sign and initial it before you arrive. Minors and those with a legal guardian will also need this taken care of in advance. Without a signed waiver we cannot give a ride; no exceptions. On the other hand, if we’ve given you a ride before, no need to sign one again. We keep signed waivers/releases on file.

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FINAL NOTES

Rides leave on time. If you are transporting a wheeler to one of our hubs, please plan to arrive a full 20-minutes before the scheduled start. We will need this time to review and complete paperwork, perhaps secure a free rental bike (or bikes) for family or friends, and transfer the wheeler into the trike. Including volunteer pilots and other wheelers excited to get going, many people are counting on your punctuality. So, please, plan accordingly.

Any questions, contact us.

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