The Student Representative Council held a ‘bike day’ for all students today. It was one of our Education Week celebrations.
In the lead up I talked to Mac about how he might be involved. He likes being on the back of a bike in his bike trailer… we don’t do it very often, we don’t own good bikes and his bike trailer/jogger is generally left at school as it is hard to transport with the wheelchair.
But, here was a great opportunity for his mates to learn how to ride with his jogger on the back. Our village always has groups of kids riding around the streets… it would be cool if Mac could tag along for the ride without adults needing to always be with them.
Mac and I talked to the ‘lads’ at school. What kind of bike should we get?
I know we could have borrowed one… as I said, there’s tonnes of bikes in the village. However, if Mac “owns the bike” it’s always available for his trailer. We will know it’s in good condition, safe and confident it will have brakes (so often considered “optional”).
The lads knew exactly what we neeeded… a 24″ geared bike, probably mountain bike style.
Off shopping I went. Our trusty local bike shop so often repairing Mac’s wheelchair and servicing his jogger was my one stop shop. They had a great little bike, super light weight, they cut me a deal – we were sorted.
Mac now owns a bike!
And the kids now know they can head off with him at any stage for a ride (their leg muscles permitting).
There was not a smile bigger than Mac’s today – he was loving life sitting back while his mates did all the work.
What a fantastic day… here’s a sneak peek of what went down.
One of the kids remarked… “he’s not that heavy, it’s more your energy gets used up listening too him laughing behind you”… I guess he might be a bit distracting.
Thanks to the SRC, you put on a great day.