Adaptive Biking – The Man Behind the Mission in Chicago

Versa Trike

The Versa Trike – designed by Hal Honeyman & David Black

If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that besides riding our bikes to work every day,  Mr. Ding and I also like to take family rides around the city with Little Ding. We’ve been towing him around the last couple of years in a Burly bike trailer which he loves – who wouldn’t? You get towed around the city, fresh air, a breeze, a juice box, some toys.. it rocks! Even in the colder months you still get to be all cozy with a blanket while your parents fight the cold north wind. Little Ding has been growing up though, nd this spring it was time for his own bike.  I mentioned in a previous post that we got an adaptive  bike for him from The Bike Rack out in St. Charles, IL.  What’s so special about that particular bikes store? Well, the owner of The Bike Rack is a part of most of the adaptive riding events that occur in the Midwest and is nationally known as an adaptive bike expert. He even designed a unique recumbent/upright bike especially for riders with special needs. The man is everywhere.  His name is Hal Honeyman – he is super busy but he took the time out to return my call last week after I left him a message about getting more information about adaptive bike events around Chicago.  I think he was on his way to an event in St. Louis when he called me back!

He has a modified-bicycle business called Creative Mobility that has helped more than 3,000 children and adults to find mobility outside a wheelchair over the last decade.  You can find him or some of his crew at events like the  Paralympic Cycling Day helping out kids and adults experience that amazing sense of freedom and power one gets from riding a bike. In 2004, he started his nonprofit Project Mobility, which sponsors bike-fitting clinics and workshops nationwide. For those who can’t afford $2,000 to $4,500 for an adaptive bike, Project Mobility matches them with potential funding sources.

We missed the bike ride event in May, but we’re keeping our eye out for more adaptive events or group bike rides to take Little Ding on.  I’m listing all the adaptive events on my Events Calendar page, along with any family rides or other fun Chicago bike events.  If you are interested in learning more about Hal there’s a nice article from 2007 about him here .  Look for more links to adaptive biking resources on the right side of my blog.

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