iCan Bike Camp

Monday, June 14 – Friday, June 18, 2021
University Area CDC
14013 N 22nd St, Tampa, FL 33613

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay and the University Area Community Development Corporation are partnering to host an iCan Bike Camp. The purpose of the camp is to help kids with special needs to learn how to independently ride bicycles. We understand that many people with disabilities never experience the thrill of independently riding a two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. For example, recent research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Credit for volunteer hours can be given for participation.

We ask volunteers to show up 20 minutes beforehand.

  • Session 1: 8:00 am – 9:15 am
  • Session 2: 9:35 am – 1050 am
  • Session 3: 11:10 am – 12:25 pm
  • Session 4: 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Session 5: 3:05 pm – 4:20 pm

Requirements and duties for a Volunteer Spotter:

• Must be at least 15 years old.

• No prior experience working with people with disabilities is necessary.

• Must be available to attend the one-hour orientation on the Sunday prior to the camp.

• Encouraged to commit to attending one 75-minute session all 5 days of camp for the session selected. Riders bond with their assigned volunteer(s) and rely on the same person to be there to support them each day of camp. It’s understood this is not always a possibility and we will welcome volunteers any days they can attend. •

Provide encouragement and physical support, as needed.

• Must be physically fit, such that they can walk/jog/run beside Riders on the bike for most of the 75-minute session (with short breaks) for 5 days Monday through Friday. Volunteer spotters will walk/jog approximately 3 miles during each 75-minute session so please keep this in mind if considering volunteering for multiple sessions.

• Strong enough to hold the bike and rider in the event of a fall.


For more information, contact Brentin Mosher, Program Planner, Center for Urban Transportation Research
USF 813-974-9215 / bmosher@usf.edu

iCan Shine COVID-19 Response 

iCan Bike Camp Volunteers 

Given the number of people that come into contact with our equipment during a typical camp day keeping our equipment clean has always been a priority for iCan Shine. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are taking additional measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Aligned with guidance from health authorities, we are implementing additional measures to ensure we can do our part to keep all staff, campers, families, volunteers and hosts safe at our camps. While we will take necessary precautions, being exposed is still a possibility. 

iCan Shine will continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow guidance and local laws on a state-by-state basis. We urge all parents/guardians and volunteers to follow state and local guidelines for your community. The following precautions will be implemented during all 2021 bike camps: 

iCan Shine staff will wear a mask or face covering while at camp. 

Volunteers should bring their own masks to wear the entire session. 

• Before each camp session, handlebars, hand grips, brake levers, training handle grips and seats of bikes will be cleaned by Shine staff using disinfectant wipes/sprays. 

Before each camp session, Host and Shine staff will wash their hands 

• Before each camp session, campers and volunteers will wash their hands (parents and caregivers will be strongly encouraged to do so as well). 

Any volunteer that feels ill, has any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or has a fever will be advised to stay home 

• While iCan Shine and Camp Host will take all necessary precautions, being exposed is still a possibility. 

• If any individual that has attended camp (camper, volunteer, parent/guardian, Host, Shine staff, etc.) tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp Host staff, iCan Bike staff and iCan Bike administration will collaborate to determine the status of the remainder of camp. 

• If a rider or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 they must immediately inform the Camp Host who will then be responsible for informing those who came in contact with the individual (while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)). 

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