The PA Center for Adapted Sports hosts a number of adaptive sports and recreational activities, including adaptive cycling. On most Saturdays from April to October people with disabilities can stop by for a fun and exciting outdoor activity. Hand cycling is a great introduction to adaptive sports, and is the first adaptive sport that I was involved in after my injury. As a quadriplegic I didn’t think that I would be able to participate, but the people at PA Center for Adapted Sports were very accommodating and had experience adapting equipment to meet different people’s needs.
There are a variety of cycles that you can use, and they have experience transferring people with all different types of disabilities. If you are new to Cycling, someone will accompany you. The road is closed off to automobile traffic and you will be able to enjoy cycling on a wide-open road, with other bicyclists, runners, and rollerbladers.
For more information be sure to check out their website:
And their Facebook page:
Below is an excerpt from their website:
Every weekend, a love of cycling, fresh air, and exercise draws thousands of people to local trails and roadways. At the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, cyclists with disabilities meet up to pursue this pastime together. With a fleet of handcycles, tandem bikes, and a willingness to “adapt,” volunteers with the Center make the sport of cycling available to people with any physical disability.
- DATES OF OPERATION:
Philadelphia: April – October, Saturday, 10 AM- 1 PM /
Chester County: April – September
1233 Martin Luther King Drive, Philadelphia PA 19131 /
Chester County location tbd
Be sure to check our upcoming events page
From I-76 take exit 341 for Montgomery Drive.
Head east on Montgomery Drive toward the Schuykill River.
The road will be blocked off with barricades. Maneuver your vehicle around the barricades and tell the security person you are going to the adaptive sports. Put your hazard lights on and drive slowly, there will be cyclists and runners in the street.
Make a right turn onto Martin Luther King Drive.
Approximately 1/2 mile down the road on the left will be a parking lot and a boathouse.
You may park anywhere in the lot, but please leave extra space between vehicles for drivers with disabilities.