SAN ANGELO, TX — "We’re dispensing cycles for life," said Alvin Owen, member of the San Angelo Lions Club.
"I’ve got nerve damage in my right leg it’s hard to walk more than a mile," said Aaron Keele, a cycle recipient.
Foot petal propelled, push and pull handle bars, and a 3 speed sprocket.
"They’re for permanently disabled individuals," said Owen.
The San Angelo Lions Club giving away 9 tricycles to individuals with permanent physical impairments, with a goal of making each one of them more comfortable with exercise.
"Better physical abilities, strengthen their legs and arms and upper body," said Owen.
He says the cycles are made in Taiwan and put together by the lions club where they fit them to the needs of their rider.
"I’ll ride it everywhere since I can’t drive, it’ll help me strengthen the nerves in my right leg," said Keele.
The cycles run for about $1500 a piece and were bought with the help of generous donors like the San Angelo Health Foundation.
And despite their high cost Owen says the club is still looking for people to apply to receive one.
"We have a lot of adults with disabilities but we're short on youth we'd like to get some more youth on these bikes start at an early age helping them exercise and with their disability," said Owen. "If you really get proficient you can put it in third gear and go like crazy."