Published: May 22, 2013

County to kick off My Bike campaign

Adaptive bikes provided to kids



Tom VictoriaEagle Staff Writer

Butler County is partnering with a health insurance provider and a charity to supply adaptive bikes to children with disabilities.

Along with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Variety the Children’s Charity, the county is kicking off a campaign to raise awareness and identify children who are eligible for the My Bike program.

The kick off will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the first floor meeting room in the county government center.

County Commissioner Bill McCarrier touted the value of the program.

“We are thrilled to be able to help facilitate adaptive bikes for kids with disabilities here and throughout Butler County,” he said.

A child who already benefited from the program, which Gov. Tom Corbett helped kick off in Western Pennsylvania last November, will attend.

Along with identifying eligible children for bikes that already have been sponsored, the program is raising money to buy more bikes.

The modified bikes will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The original goal of the program was to have 200 adaptive bikes sponsored for children with disabilities in the 10 counties serviced by Variety: Butler, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

Each bike costs $1,800. So far, 268 bikes have been sponsored.