Monday was the first day of the week-long iCan Bike Camp. The goal of the camp is to teach individuals with a disability or barrier how to ride a bike.
Monday morning, riders started out on the highest weighted roller and will work their way down to the lightest until they are able to get their back wheel put on. The weighted roller help the riders learn balance and control. A track was created around the space, with cones and pictures of bugs to help them with their steering. As they biked around, volunteers stayed close to ensure the individual's safety and to cheer them on.
Those who signed up to learn were having a blast; some didn't want to take a break because they were having so much fun.
Jackson Jaberg, 10, was super excited when his mom, Lisa, signed him up for the camp.
"Learning to ride a bike was always kind of difficult for us to teach him," Lisa said. "It was just something we struggled with a lot, so when we found out about this program we just thought that it was awesome."
She said Jackson is ready to be more independent and is already planning his adventures.
Jackson, with his spike helmet, had a blast peddling his bike around the track. His mom loved that there were custom bikes and people there who were trained to help those with a ride range of abilities.
"We were just very excited that there's something like this available," said Lisa. "It's so neat to watch, such a milestone in his life."
As the week continues, riders will gain more balance and confidence with each session with the goal of transitioning to their family bike by Friday.
For more information or updates, visit their Facebook page at "iCan Bike Camp - Fulton, MO."