Two men riding on the duet bike for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne in the three rivers parade.

YMCA Trail Buddies Program Kicks-Off Third Season

On May 1, 2019, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne will begin the third season of Trail Buddies, a bike program enabling individuals with special needs to experience the outdoors in a new way - through a bike ride.

The program allows adults and children to be pedaled by caring, trained volunteers on a specialized wheelchair bike called “The DUET”.  Cyclists pedal individuals of all ages, who weigh 50 to 250lbs. and enjoy a great time riding with friends and family members. Trail Buddies brings people together with an activity that promotes social connections.

Participation in YMCA Trail Buddies is free for members of the community; a Y membership is not required. “We are excited to provide this important program which allows riders and volunteers to enjoy the outdoors, build friendships and create memories,” said Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. “With a mission centered on balance, we strive to be a leading voice on health and well-being for our community. We provide resources and guidance so that people, no matter what their ability level, can achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body,” she added.

Trail Buddies is offered at the Jorgensen Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road. Rides take place around Aboite Trails/Indian Trails Park and Kekionga Shores where riders can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

   Click here to learn more about Trail Buddies and our other adaptive and inclusive programs or contact Rebekah Coffey at 260.755.4961.