Cyclist born without arms and legs will ride canal in Orleans on Tuesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

John Robinson, left, and his friend Doug Hamlin, right, ride adaptive use bicycles along West Bank Street in Albion on July 1, 2014. The duo and their supporters rode the Erie Canal and stopped in Albion to visit The Arc of Orleans County. They will be back Tuesday morning at 11 for a program at the former Grammar School on East Academy Street.

The Arc provides services at the former school for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Robinson will leave Medina in the morning and head to Albion. Robinson was born without full arms and legs. He is riding an adaptive bicycle from Tonawanda to Albany.

This is the third year Robinson is making the trip along the 363-mile-long Erie Canal.

Robinson has made the trek to show people that disabled residents can achieve big dreams, too.

Robinson also brings a message seeking job opportunities for disabled residents. Whether in sheltered workshops or other jobs in the community, Robinson said people with developmental disabilities have skills that can be used in the workplace.