In Pursuit of Accessibility in the Outdoors

A motorized wheelchair powered by sip-and-puff inputs coupled with the ever-improving voice recognition capabilities of a smartphone offered Mackay a...

get outside with Ian's Ride!

Ian Mackay is the founder and executive director of Ians Ride, a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation in the state of Washington. Ian was an avid cyclist and nature lover before a bicycle crash in 2008 left him paralyzed from the neck down. He battled years of depression until he found a way to get outside again. He began traveling bike paths in his local area of Port Angeles, WA and kept going just a little farther. In 2016 he rode his power wheelchair across the state of Washington from North to South. The 2016 Ride garnered a great deal of media attention, and Ian became a spokesperson, encouraging the mobility challenged to get outside and advocating for outdoor accessibility - complete, connected trails and routes for ALL abilities.

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