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Sandra A
610 5th AVE
Brooklyn (Park Slope/Sunset Park)
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the project

This fundraiser is closed. But it's not too late to participate. Check out our new fundraiser for the next 3 adaptive bikes here:

AdaptAbility is the brainchild of bike store owner Sandra Alfonzo. Sandra was inspired to address the sadness and envy of wheelchair-bound children watching their peers pass them on bikes that she has observed during her runs in Prospect Park.  Imagine, thought Sandra, if every customer of Behind Bars in Brooklyn donated just 25¢ to the cost of getting a flat tire fixed.  In one season, the shop could raise enough money for at least one bike.  And if other local businesses and bike suppliers jumped in?  Many deserving children could receive bikes each year.  AdaptAbility was born!

We believe handicapped children should be able to bike as do their peers, even if their family's income means they cannot afford the special adaptive bikes that would let them ride, too. Through AdaptAbility, Brooklyn's bicycle and health-conscious communities, including businesses, their customers, and neighbors who may just want to bring joy to a child, can contribute to the purchase of a suitable bike.  Adaptability is working with physical therapists in local public schools to identify young people who desire to ride in order to help them find the right bike to meet their needs, fit them properly and learn to use that bike. We hope to provide 4-5 bikes a year to such young people.  

We are excited to partner with as our crowdfunding partner. is a national nonprofit and you will receive a tax-deductible gift receipt when you make your donation to our new program using this online fundraising page.  If you prefer to write a check, and receive a tax receipt, please follow these steps:

1. Write the check out to: ioby 
2. In the memo section of the check, please include the name of your ioby campaign: Adaptability
3. Mail the check to: 
PO Box 4668 #74253
New York, NY, 10163-4668


the steps

1. Raise a $10,000 from a combination of contributions from customers, the public and local businesses and bicycle industry vendors.

2. Identify the first 2-3 recipients of bikes from Sunset Park public schools.  Watch for their stories on our campaign page!

3. Create communications material that allows businesses and donors to spread the word to their customers, friends and family.

4. Recruit at least 10 campaign evangelists who agree to spread the word about AdaptAbility to friends and family in their networks with the goal of attracting donations, of any size, from at least 10 people each.

5. Spread the word with a campaign launch party in September at Behind Bars in Brooklyn and a day of special outreach online to start raise contributions to reach our goal of $10,000 by year end.

6.  With every $3-4,000 raised, begin the process of matching a young person to a bike.

why we're doing it

In many ways, our culture is moving to assure that a physical handicap is not a barrier to the full participation in society.  But the freedom to fully enjoy life and public facilities is not equal -- the ability to take full advantage of public amenities such as parks can be limited to those who can afford special adaptations.   We wish to demonstrate, first to handicapped young people themselves, that they should be the ones who define what they can do in the areas of exercise and health by their own spirit and determination, not by issues of money. We also want to show the general public that their generosity can make a remarkable difference in the lives of their neighbors by reducing their isolation and giving them tools to sustain their health in the face of serious impairments.



Disbursed budget (1.2.18):

RAISED = $9,679.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $446.48
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $267.89

Original budget:

At this start-up moment, we anticipate that all project time will be volunteer and that beyond the cost of the bikes themselves, all material costs save about $1,000 for publicity material like posters and flyers will be solicited from vendors as in-kind donations.  To the extent there are direct fundraising and administrative costs, the project founders anticipate covering them, so that all donations will go directly to the cost of the bikes (except for fundraising processing fees).

Project Subtotal =  $11,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $550
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $330
Total to Raise on ioby = $11,915



Our First Cyclist Diego Munoz...

Our First Cyclist is: Diego Munoz.

Diego is 14 years old.   Nationality: Mexican.   Disability: Cerebral Palsy.

Favorite Color: Blue.    Favorite Song: I Lived by One Republic.

Hobbies: Going Out, Shopping and Eating.

89.1 FM Station Interview

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, 89.1 Fm Radio 7:00pm.

will have a report on Adapt Ability.

What Adapt Ability Program is, who is for and how you can donate?




Our project featured in the NYTimes!

We're so excited to have our work featured in the New York Times!

Click here to read the article, A Bike for Every Kid, and please share this news with a few friends.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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