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Minnesota Moment: Camp teaches independence 2 wheels at a time

Updated: August 08, 2019 10:25 PM

The track at Hamline University served a special purpose this week.

About 40 people with developmental disabilities learned to ride solo at the "I Can Ride" bike camp through Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.

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Amy Ellis said her son, Danny, was exhilarated as he hopped on a bike for the first time. Just a few days later, he's getting the hang of it.

"It's an amazing thing to watch to have your son feel some independence and ride a bike, but hopefully we'll get him there tomorrow," she said.

Organizers said learning to ride a bike is an important step in independence and a crucial part of transportation for many Minnesotans as they get older.

The camp is hoping to expand to a second location next year.

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