MLA Katrine Conroy recently got a lesson in riding an adaptive bike at a trail near Nakusp. Photo submitted

Adaptive bike event coming to Castlegar

The event will be held June 1 at Millennium Park.

An event an Millennium Park this Sunday aims to increase awareness about the benefits of making outdoor adventure more accessible.

Destination Castlegar has partnered with Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Spinal Cord Injury BC, Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association, Cycology Bikes and Castlegar Sunfest to bring the Try It Series event to Castlegar this weekend.

There will be a variety of activities at the park including informational booths, giveaways and free mini bicycle tune ups. There will also be adaptive mountain bikes to try out.

Andrea Ryman with Destination Castlegar says that adaptive mountain biking trail infrastructure is gaining ground in the West Kootenay (see related story in today’s West Kootenay Advertiser).

As the demand for accessible travel options continues to grow, so does the demand for accessible recreation options. Ryman says that accessible trails benefit a wide range of people beyond those with accessibility challenges including children, seniors and beginners.

“We are trying to bring awareness that this is something we need to consider,” said Ryman. “It will be fun and light.”

Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Spinal Cord Injury BC will also be hosting an interactive Universal Design workshop at the Sandman Hotel on June 3 at 9:30 a.m.

The workshop is an introduction to universal design and how it applies to tourism and our communities.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. More information is available at

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