those who are disabled, bike riding goes beyond mere transportation, or therapeutic
recreation for those whose health is often fragile. Our specialized bikes create
a sense of freedom, independence and hope for those who are disabled!
Honeyman, founder of Project Mobility: Cycles for Life, Inc.
has been involved with bicycles as a sport, business, and recreation for nearly
thirty years. Hal's interest in "adaptive cycling" - bicycles for people with
disabilities - was spurred when his own son Jacob was born with Cerebral Palsy.
Hal wanted to find a way for Jacob to join the family when bicycle riding. After
Jacob's needs were met, Hal found specialized bikes for other disabled children
and began creating specialized bikes when other bikes were not available or
did not exist for that particular disability. This has led to the recent formation
of Project Mobility: Cycles for Life.
Bikes for those who are disabled goes beyond mere transportation, or even health
building recreation for those whose health is often fragile. These specialized
bikes create a sense of freedom for those who are disabled. Bikes restore a sense
of possibility and ability to those whom are often told by society that their
life is about limitations and disability.
Project Mobility, a nonprofit corporation, will take the work started by Hal
and expand it further. It will build on the things Hal already did, such as
taking specialized bikes to places where disabled people can see them and try
them. For example, Project Mobility, Inc., will deliver these bikes to schools
with children with disabilities, rehabilitative hospitals, and other places
for the disabled, such as Shiners' Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,
Access Chicago, Illinois schools, the University of Illinois, Independence First,
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports, Molloy Education Center and Fox Valley Special
Recreation to provide the freedom of mobility and the experience of riding.
|The Mission of Project Mobility: Cycles for Life is to make a positive
difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. We will
provide the services, resources, and equipment needed to promote better
health, independence, and the freedom of mobility.
Who We Are
Project Mobility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers recreational
events using specialized bicycles for people with disabilities. Our professional
staff works with families, rehabilitative professionals, and organizations to
promote better health, independence, and most of all the freedom of mobility
for people with physical disabilities.
In 1997 Creative Mobility was formed as a provider of adapted cycling equipment.
Since the formation of Creative Mobility we have provided the service of taking our equipment to
places all through out the Mid-West. Since then we have served thousands of
disabled children and adults. We have hosted and supported hundreds of adaptive
cycling events and activities. We have collaborated with several hospitals,
therapists, schools, and park districts. Because the demand for our programs
has increased over the past 6 years Project Mobility was formed as the charitable
arm of Creative Mobility in order to expand our outreach programs and bring
adaptive cycling to more disabled individuals.
What We Offer
Often transportation can become a challenge. Project Mobility is unique in that
we transport our equipment to our clients - both to individuals and to groups
of disabled people. With our expertise we match each rider with the best adaptive
cycle for their unique needs so that they have the best riding experience.
Who We Serve
- Individual Cycling Clinics
- Work one on one with a therapist and a child/adult at the location of our client's choosing
- Adaptive Cycling Day Camps
- Meet with a group, providing a fun cycling experience and social time
with a picnic
- Overnight Camping Trips
- Provide the opportunity for children/adult to experience the adventure of overnight camping as well as cycling
- Weekly Adaptive Cycling Outings
- A weekly program that provides repeated access to cycling which improves
long term health benefits
Project Mobility offers therapeutic/recreational opportunities for disabled
children and adults including, but not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Amputees,
Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, head injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Bifida,
Muscular Dystrophy, stroke victims, those with visual impairments, and birth
Benefits of Project Mobility
- Improved strength, flexibility, balance and physical health for the disabled
- Improved emotional health by gaining greater independence through mobility
- Opportunities for social interaction through cycling clinics, day camps,
outings and overnight camping trips
- Valuable resource for therapists and organizations that serve the disabled
Share Our Vision
"There were lots of smiles (and tears) that day and you were part of
making this child's dream a reality.
.. I am sure it was a day he will never forget...
Make a wish Foundation
| "Your participation to increase public awareness regarding disabled
athletics goes a long way toward the goal of fostering positive perception..."
Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
| "Thank you for generating awareness of accessible recreation opportunities
and encouraging people with disabilities to maintain healthy life styles..."
Office of the Attorney General, State of Illinois