Who We Are
Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling (TCAC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit working to increase access to cycling among youth and adults with disabilities. TCAC provides customized adaptive bicycle fittings and low-cost regular use of their bicycles, comprehensive education and training, and opportunities for group rides.
Why we do what we do!
Minneapolis is ranked #3 for best biking cities in the country! The city itself has 129 miles of on-street bikeways and 97 miles of off-street paths! Considering this impressive infrastructure and the numerous health benefits of cycling, we believe EVERYONE should have equal access to cycling. Cost and storage are common barriers to cycling, particularly for those living with a disability who are unable to ride a traditional two-wheel bicycle. The average cost of an adaptive bicycle is $2,500.00, and adaptive bikes are larger in size and can be a challenge to store or transport.
At TCAC we recognize these challenges and seek to eliminate these barriers by offering low-cost rentals of adaptive bikes and equipment. We believe there is a need for more inclusivity and diversity on our bike trails here in the Twin Cities.
To enhance independence and build community through outdoor adaptive cycling.
At TCAC we believe that regular participation in cycling can lead to improved physical and mental health, greater independence, and empower individuals with disabilities to take new risks and expand from their cycling experiences into their life choices. Adaptive cycling allows individuals living with a disability to be outdoors in their community, experience increased mobility, and improve strength and cardiovascular fitness. Cycling also provides opportunities to socialize with others and can increase feelings of self-worth and autonomy.
Co-Founder and Program Director
TCAC Co-Founder and Program Director Caito Bowles-Roth is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and lifelong cyclist. In 2014, she combined her OT skills with a passion for cycling by working as an Adaptive Cycling Program Assistant for the Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program (BORP) in Berkeley, California. At BORP, she witnessed the positive and transformative role cycling can play in the lives of those with disabilities, both on and off the bike.
During visits back to her native city of Minneapolis, she noticed that few opportunities existed for individuals with disabilities to ride bicycles, especially if they could not afford to purchase their own. Determined to make cycling more available to those living with disabilities and limited resources, she moved back to her native city of Minneapolis and opened TCAC in June of 2017.
Co-Founder and Chief Mechanic
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TCAC is open seasonally from
May 1 – October 15th*
Tuesday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Thursday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
All bikes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please call ahead or sign up online to reserve a specific bike.
We are located directly on the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5 mile bike and pedestrian path in South Minneapolis. The Greenway connects to several nearby trails including:
- Minneapolis Chain of Lakes (Isles, Cedar, Calhoun and Harriet)
- Southwest LRT Trail extending to the western suburbs
- Paths along the Mississippi River