Cale Wadden’s inspiration to partake in the MS Bike Tour came from one of his wheelchair-bound clients living with multiple sclerosis.
Wadden, an occupational therapist, and three of his friends decided to tackle the tour in wheelchairs.
But they came to a major roadblock: By law, the “Four Wheelers” are not allowed to wheel down roads without sidewalks.
“How are you supposed to increase independence ... if policies are holding you back?” said Wadden. The team was prepared to hit the road as a third party and abide by pedestrian laws, keeping to the left-hand side of the road. But the MS Society could not accept the $2,500 the Four Wheelers has raised if they were conducting an “unsafe race,” said the Society’s director of development.
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