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 – 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: 106. 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 Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 plus 1:00 to 4:00, and Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00.

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 make up for weather-related cancellations. If a ride is to be rescheduled, it must be done by the wheeler, caregiver, or facility.

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

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

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

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

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

In either case, they can get themselves into the city on their own or are brought in by family or friends or, in the case of a facility, by shuttle van.

Individuals meet us at Cyclemania bike shop (65 Cove St., Portland). These rides roll most Saturdays through the season. Individual rides start at 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00. Rides are reserved in advance. (NOTE: In order to roll out on time, we need you to arrive at least 20-minutes before the top of the hour.)

Facility residents coming in by shuttle meet us at Ocean Gateway (14 Maine State Pier, Portland) on weekdays. From either location we ride along the waterfront on the 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

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, have we given you a ride before? We keep signed waivers/releases on file. No need to sign one again.

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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 ride start. We will need time to review and complete paperwork, perhaps secure a free rental bike (or bikes), 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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