St. Charles, IL
The Mission of Project Mobility is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and wounded soldiers with disabilities. We provide the services, resources, and equipment needed to promote better health, independence, and the freedom of mobility through adaptive cycling.
How Project Mobility Started
Hal Honeyman, founder of Project Mobility: Cycles for Life, Inc. has been involved with bicycles as a sport, business, and recreation since 1975. With The Bike Rack, his family bicycle shop in the Chicagoland area. Hal's interest in "adaptive cycling" - bicycles for people with disabilities - was spurred when his own son Jacob was born with Cerebral Palsy. Hal wanted to find a way for Jacob to join the family when bicycle riding. After Jacob's needs were met, Hal found specialized bikes for other disabled children and began creating specialized bikes when other bikes were not available or did not exist for that particular disability. This led to the formation of Project Mobility: Cycles for Life.
Bikes for those who are disabled goes beyond mere transportation, or even health building recreation for those whose health is often fragile. These specialized bikes create a sense of freedom for those who are disabled. Bikes restore a sense of possibility and ability to those whom are often told by society that their life is about limitations and disability.
Project Mobility took the work started by Hal and expanded it further. It built on the things Hal already did, such as taking specialized bikes to places where disabled people can see them and try them. For example, Project Mobility, delivers these bikes to schools with children with disabilities, rehabilitative hospitals, and other places for the disabled, such as Shiners' Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Access Chicago, Illinois schools, the University of Illinois, Independence First, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports, Molloy Education Center and Fox Valley Special Recreation to provide the freedom of mobility and the experience of riding.