A pair of specially adapted trike bikes were stolen from the storage area of Nevada Union over the weekend, rendering the adapted physical education department to be without important pieces of equipment.
“They’re a very important part of our adapted PE program and the bikes are used almost daily for kids with severe disabilities, so they will be sorely missed,” said adapted PE teacher Amy Van Voorst.
The bikes are specifically modified for those with disabilities.
“We have specialized bikes for our students with physical disabilities, really for all students with disabilities,” Van Voorst said. “They’re trikes, durable and rugged and stored in a shed by the football field and two of the three bikes were taken.”
Van Voorst said the theft of the bikes is disappointing, but if found would be very easy to spot.
“We’re sad,” Van Voorst said. “That’s why I really want people to know. If anyone sees them, they are obvious. They are adult-sized trikes and they’re red. It’s not a bike you could even ride on a road, you would have to use it on a track.”
Nevada Union’s insurance company is offering a $1,000 reward if the bikes are found and the number to report the equipment is 1-800-78-CRIME or the school’s phone number at (530) 273-4431.
If the bikes are not found, Van Voorst said with the way funding has been with schools, the bikes would be difficult to replace.
“We are looking to get them back,” Van Voorst said. “It would probably take a while to get them replaced, but I’m hoping that there’s a few thousand dollar deductible with the district and it will depend if there are funds to pay for the deductible. So I’m just writing out all the paperwork, so hopefully that will happen.”
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