With Cherry Bibler, Sequim School District physical therapist (left) and Sequim Noon Rotary member Bob Macaulay (right) looking on, 11-year-old Abby Johnson takes a rides on her adaptive bike — with new steering bar — with help from her father, Alvin Pitts. Photo by Doug Schwarz

With Cherry Bibler, Sequim School District physical therapist (left) and Sequim Noon Rotary member Bob Macaulay (right) looking on, 11-year-old Abby Johnson takes a rides on her adaptive bike — with new steering bar — with help from her father, Alvin Pitts. Photo by Doug Schwarz

Milestone: Sequim Noon Rotary gifts adaptive bike steering bar

The Rotary Club of Sequim recently gifted an adaptive tricycle steering bar to 11-year-old Abby Johnson.

Johnson was, in March 2019, the club’s first recipient of an adaptive bike awarded to local children with special needs. This is a specialized tricycle and with the addition of the rear steering bar, an adult can help steer the trike while Johnson pedals. When the club realized that a steering bar was needed to help her father safely control the bike, the part was ordered with the assistance of Cherry Bibler, Sequim School District physical therapist.

In addition to being great exercise, biking is fun, and Johnson loves it, Rotary club representatives said. They note that her father, Alvin Pitts, helps her ride once or twice each day, and that it is a special time for the youth and her father as they cruise along favorite bike routes.

The Rotary Club of Sequim adaptive bike program committee members — Jim Jones, Doug Schwarz and Ted Shanks — work with local health professionals and the Sequim School District to identify children who would benefit by the gift of an adaptive tricycle custom made for the student by the Rifton Company of New York.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Sequim, see www.sequim rotary.org.

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