Alina Grieb, enjoys a ride on her new bike as physical therapist Cheri Bibler assists. Photo by Doug Schwartz

Alina Grieb, enjoys a ride on her new bike as physical therapist Cheri Bibler assists. Photo by Doug Schwartz

Milestone: Rotary gives out fourth adaptive bike

In the environment of the continuing spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, social distancing and school closures, the Rotary Club of Sequim recently awarded an adaptive tricycle to Alina Grieb, a 13-year-old who has special needs.

This specialized tricycle, the fourth the Rotary club has purchased and donated, has a rear steering bar so an adult can help steer the trike while she pedals.

Grieb enjoys riding her school’s adaptive tricycle with Sequim schools’ physical therapist Cherry Bibler, club members said.

Grieb’s mother Marilyn Stacey, along with younger brother Carter and sister Violet, enjoyed watching her take her first ride on the pink Rifton tricycle, club members said; “(She) was visibly excited and made every effort to communicate that to us in nonverbal ways,” they said.

Biking is a good exercise for Grieb, helping her gain motor skills involved with peddling and steering.

“Now Alina and her mother will be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with her siblings,” Rotary club members said.

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.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Sequim, see sequimrotary.org.

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