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Monday 25 March 2019
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A Guide to Special Needs Cycling

Why Cycle?

Cycling is a great way to get around, to have fun and to keep fit. Cycling
promotes Physical and mental wellbeing and allows a level of independent
mobility that some individuals can not access in any other form.

Physical Benefits of Cycling

  • Provides non weight bearing Aerobic exercise. (Especially good for the heart
    and lungs)
  • Promotes improved postural control
  • Promotes co-ordination and rhythm
  • Promotes strength and stamina
  • Promotes body and environmental awareness

Therapeutic Benefits of Cycling

Cycling can be:

  • Challenging

  • Exhilarating
  • Empowering

Cycling for Children with Disabilities

“Disabled children enjoy cycling just as any other children do. Cycling offers a
magical combination of independence, individual challenge, social contact, the
exhilaration of speed and movement and plain fun.”

There is a wide range of cycles, which are now designed for children with
disabilities. Specialist bikes are designed to cater for the needs of the individual
whilst maintaining an emphasis on sporty looks and high performance.

  1. Two Wheeled Tandems – allows an adult to steer whilst the child can help
    with the pedalling.
  2. Wheelchair Tandems – are a good option for youngsters who have little or no
    limb movement.
  3. Tricycles – Excellent solo option for youngsters who need the extra stability
    offered by a three-wheeled base. Available in upright or recumbent styles.
  4. Stabilisers can be fitted to standard bikes to offer some additional support for
    children who do not require a Tricycle.

Websites and Useful links

  • Cycle Derby offers a range of adapted bikes including tricycles, wheelchairs tandems, companion bikes and many more that cater for a broad range of impairments.  We run Instructor led cycling sessions tailored to you.  Group Rides can also be catered for. Markeaton Park have invested heavily and created a path around the entire site which is ideal for wheel chair users and of course our specially adapted bikes.

  • www.sustrans.org.uk offers further information on (i) Why Cycle? (ii) Get Cycling (iii) Cycling with Children

  • British Wheelchair Sports Foundation (linked with WheelPower) they help to create and maintain an environment for those who have suffered a major injury which will allow them to regain meaning and purpose in their life; through being an integral part of a suitable sports team.
  • WheelPower (linked with the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation) they are passionate about sport and dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to live healthy active lifestyles.
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport www.cpsport.org, (0115) 9257027