Meeting up in Zaozhuang, we took the high-speed train to Shanghai's Hongqiao station. The carrying case that Wang Feng had made for the bike worked well and we were able to take it easily onto the train. We also were joined by two other friends from Beijing who were coming to Shanghai for the expo.
Arriving in Shanghai, we made our way to the Sunshine Rehab Center, which arranged our accommodation and began preparing for the next day's clinic.
Following a talk attended by residents, rehab professionals and the Center's director, Dr. Xie, we went outside so that everyone could get in the bike and try out the bike.
Nearly all of the over 20 people attending the event tried out the bike, ranging from individuals with cervical-level spinal cord injuries to staff and physicians. We actually had to take the bike away in order to make the end of the lunch service.
The following day, Wang Feng and Josh brought the bike to the Shanghai Without Barriers Expo. We started at the Halfway House booth and quickly attracted a crowd, but soon were moving through the aisles to reach out to more people. After several requests, we moved to an open space at the end of the hall where about five or six people waited to try out the bike.
We were impressed with the interest at the expo and added about 50 new followers of our WeChat social media platform on that day alone. The only drawback was that we only had one bike..
The rest of our visit to Shanghai was a lesson in accessible travel that took us through downtown Shanghai's business and historical districts, including the Bund, all by handcycle. Wang Feng and Josh traded off riding with one or the other being pulled behind the bike in Wang Feng's wheelchair. Guaranteed 100% head-turns!
With this experience behind us, we're excited for our next trip, which will take us along a route from Wang Feng's hometown of Zaozhuang to the cities of Jining, Zoucheng and Tengzhou where we will identify individuals and organizations along the way to spread our message and the sport of handcycling.