Bike-riding camp offers transportation from C-U

Bike-riding camp offers transportation from C-U

DANVILLE — The annual Lose the Training Wheels Camp that teaches physically and mentally challenged youth how to ride a bike is offering campers free transportation from Champaign to Danville.

In partnership with CRIS Senior Services, the 7th Annual Lose the Training Wheels Camp will be offering transportation each day of the camp from Champaign to Danville and back to Champaign for students who register for the camp. This year's camp will be June 18 to June 22 at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. The daily one-hour-and-15-minute sessions will be at the following times: 8:30 a.m.; 10:05 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 2:05 p.m.; and 3:40 p.m.

Students and a parent or guardian will be picked up at their homes and taken to the David S. Palmer Arena to participate in this year's camp. The trip includes a stop at McDonald's in Oakwood each way. The transportation opportunity is offered for only the 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. session and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"We think that this will help our enrollment," said Peter Blackmon, arena general manager and camp co-coordinator in a news release. "Times are tough and for many families of a child with a challenge, they can be even tougher. Traveling back and forth from Champaign to the Danville Camp can add up. Offering free transportation is one more thing we can help with."

This year's Lose the Training Wheels Camp dropped registration from $200 to $75 and continues to offer full and partial scholarships.

The program gradually introduces a bicycle to the campers using customized bikes that allow children to lose the training wheels and ride conventional bicycles by the end of the camp. The program is designed to adapt the riding sessions, and more specifically the bicycles through a progression of special wheels, to each individual camper.

The camp holds up to five sessions per day, with up to eight students per session, or 40 per camp. About 100 volunteers are required for each camp.

For more information about the camp call Blackmon at 217-260-4548 and to volunteer call Pat O'Shaughnessy at 442-0510. More information is available at, and registration forms can be downloaded at the Palmer Arena's website or