We are raising funds to make Milwaukee County a more accessible place, one location at a time! Join in and help us Ramp Up MKE again by getting bringing handcycles to Veteran's Park!
Ramp Up MKE and Milwaukee County Parks have been working diligently to make parks accessible destinations for everyone. In the last year, we permanently transformed Bradford Beach by funding accessible beach wheelchairs, and we provided access to ice skating for everyBODY by raising funds for ice skating sleds at Red Arrow Park.
It's thanks to small donations like yours that we can change the face of recreation in Milwaukee County.
Why are we raising $5000?
$5000 will allow for the purchase of four handcycles like the one pictured above. They will be available at Veteran's Park for anyone with disabilities to rent, for free!
This includes people like Emily, who has never been able to ride a bike.
Emily was born a conjoined twin to her sister, sharing a third shared leg. After separation surgery she received the femur of the third leg, making her a self-proclaimed ‘above-the-knee amputee’.
“I grew up with my prosthetic,” she explains. “I don’t use my wheelchair unless I have surgery or I’m not feeling well, but I just never could ride a bike. It's something I've always wanted to do!”
Emily hand cycles because she is looking to start a family with her husband who is enjoys bike riding.
"Without the hand cycles available for rent, I'm not sure a lot of people would try them, as they are really expensive to own," she told us. "They would be missing out on a very rewarding and fun recreational activity!"
Join us for the Ramp Up MKE Event on September 24!
On Saturday, September 24th, we will host a ‘Ride for Everyone’—including people of all ability levels—that celebrates the city’s milestones in the movement towards Universal Design.
Join us at noon to try out the handcycles, talk with representatives from the Parks System, and enjoy a beautiful group bike ride along the lake!
Why Accessibility Matters
People with disabilities have disproportionate levels of sickness, sadness, and death because they don’t have access to the resources and facilities that everyone else does—especially for fitness and recreation.
Many people with disabilities can’t enjoy fitness or recreation activities with able-bodied friends and family.