ABOUT THE PROGRAM/BIKES

Nantucket has over 30 miles of glorious bike paths that deserve to be enjoyed by kids of all ages! We focus primarily on serving the elderly because it is this demographic that appears to be the most isolated group in our community. When ‘4th Quartarian’s’ lose their normal ability to function, they often end up cloistered from the outside world, suffer from depression, and gradually lose their will to live.  The Duet Bike Program naturally breaks down invisible barriers of communication between the wheelchair-bound elderly and the rest of the community because it inevitably arouses curiosity among passersby and naturally creates numerous opportunities for friendly dialogue! Reconnecting our precious elderly and non-ambulatory folks with the great outdoors, their families, and the community at large gives them renewed hope and joy, something to look forward to, and something to talk about!

Paul enthuses that the program breaks down invisible barriers of communication between the wheelchair-bound elderly and the rest of the community. The Duet Bike-wheelchair in motion is a novelty that always attracts questions from passersby. It seems the ride naturally presents opportunities for friendly dialogue – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
Paul enthuses that the program breaks down invisible barriers of communication between the wheelchair-bound elderly and the rest of the community. The Duet Bike-wheelchair in motion is a novelty that always attracts questions from passersby. It seems the ride naturally presents opportunities for friendly dialogue – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
The bike itself is an eight-speed modified tandem bike manufactured in Germany, with a trailer hitch to securely attach a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
The bike itself is an eight-speed modified tandem bike manufactured in Germany, with a trailer hitch to securely attach a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
The bike itself is an eight-speed modified tandem bike manufactured in Germany, with a trailer hitch to securely attach a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
The bike itself is an eight-speed modified tandem bike manufactured in Germany, with a trailer hitch to securely attach a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf
The bike itself is an eight-speed modified tandem bike manufactured in Germany, with a trailer hitch to securely attach a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. – See more at: http://momentummag.com/duet-bike-program/#sthash.am01CTV3.dpuf

The tandem bikes consist of an 8-speed bike with a trailer hitch that secures to a lightweight but sturdy wheelchair. The bikes have the option of self pedal or electric assist pedaling, which are essential when pedaling up inclines with adult-size riders on board.  Our ‘home base station’ is located at Don Allen Ford–thanks to the tireless generosity of Bill Tornovish and Erik Evans. We are also incredibly grateful to Marshall Thompson at The Surfside Snack Shack, who selflessly provides free ice cream and drinks to our passengers 5 days/week!

To view the town bylaw which permits the use of ‘personal motorized passenger devices used by handicapped persons’ on Nantucket bike paths please visit http://ecode360.com/11470762

Here is another inspiring video on wheelchair biking:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q7Big6Erlw8

In this video, the fun begins at 7 minutes 30 seconds..

http://www.uncg.edu/ctr/wheelchairbiking.html

For more information on the wheelchair bikes, visit:http://www.frankmobility.com/docs/DUET%20BROCHURE%202012.pdf

For more information on the wheelchair biking program, visit:

http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=34019&search=wheelchair+biking