Out Our Front Door, in partnership with Adaptive Adventures and the Chicago Park District, announced the launch of the first Adaptive Bike Camping program for people with disabilities that combines adapted cycling and camping. This program invited children with disabilities to ride horses and camp with their family, friends and the wider community. Participants hiked the trail by the lake and spent the night outside behind the South Shore Cultural Center last weekend. Out Our Front Door’s very first pilot program for adaptive bike camping for children with special needs and their families was made possible with support from a grant provided by the Thumbuddy Special Foundation. The program took a small cohort of families, who have children or one other family member with a disability or special needs, on a series of one-day skill-building hikes on some of the most beautiful bike trails in Chicago. The bike rides were followed by a camping experience and a boat cruise with great views of Lake Michigan and the downtown Chicago skyline. This program aims to take adaptive cycling to the next level by providing support and removing obstacles to allow everyone to experience cycling and camping at their best. In the United States, an estimated 49 million people, or nearly 20% of the population, have a disability. For more information on the Chicago Park District’s special recreation programs, visit https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/special-recreation-programs.