Bicycle club donates bikes to Rich Center

Bicycle club donates bikes to Rich Center for Autism in Youngstown, Ohio

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Students at the Rich Center for Autism will have something new to practice on this summer.

Members of the Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen bicycle club donated 13 new bikes to the center on Wednesday. Several of the bikes have been modified for the students. They had the chains, crank arms and pedals removed, turning them into a balance bike. It will help those who have trouble with a normal bike.

The bicycles were provided through Frankford Cycles of Girard, which assembled, prepared and adapted the bikes.

“This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for our kids to learn the principles of bicycling and balance. It will be a great therapy tool for the summer,” Rich Center Executive Director Melanie Carfolo said.

Right now, the center has just one bike for all the kids to share. The 13 bikes donated range in various sizes to accommodate the different ages of the students.

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