Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment for young people
Cycling can offer a fun and effective way for children of all abilities to enjoy new levels of independence, individual challenge and social contact. Through gentle and controlled limb and joint exercises it teaches coordination and rhythm, develops body and environmental awareness and promotes strength, stamina and general health (London Cycling Campaign, 2009).
The bikes and trikes listed here have features that may make them suitable for children with disabilities, including:
- Support such as extra wheels, trunk, head and neck supports.
- Adjustable seats and height adjustable backrests to allow for growth.
- Hand loops, foot straps, stabilisers, control poles and steering restrictors to provide security and assist with control.
- Power assistance to help with reduced power or function in the arms or legs.
- Passenger cycles and trailers for children unable to propel a cycle.