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Why people ride adaptive bikes

People with disabilities or injuries, or whose bodies are changing with age, sometimes modify the traditional two-wheeled riding experience to meet their needs. Bicyclists might modify two-wheeled upright bikes or ride adaptive devices like trikes or tandem bikes. They also might adapt their riding style so they can continue riding safely. On this page, we provide links to resources and opportunities for riders with disabilities and injuries and older adults. Please contact us at info@bicyclecolorado.org with feedback, suggestions or questions.

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Types and retailers of adaptive equipment

[brief paragraph, emphasizing that there is a huge variety of adaptive devices and modifications, and we’re listing the most common ones here]
Modifications of traditional 2-wheeled bicycles: electric motor, bucket seat, modified handlebars, etc.

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Types of adaptive devices and modifications – Tab layout

Delta – what it is, why people could ride it. few sentences

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Tadpole – what it is, why people could ride it. few sentences

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Hand cycles types, why people use them

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What, why people use them

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Different kinds of mods, why people use them

For visual impairments

For deaf or hard of hearing people

For people with motor disabilities

Other

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Types of adaptive devices and modifications – Regular layout

Trikes

Delta – what it is, why people could ride it. few sentences

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Tadpole – what it is, why people could ride it. few sentences

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Hand cycles

Hand cycles types, why people use them

Tandem bikes

What, why people use them

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Modifications to upright two-wheeled bikes

Different kinds of mods, why people use them

For visual impairments

For deaf or hard of hearing people

For people with motor disabilities

Other

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Retailers of adaptive devices

Colorado retailers

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Colorado Multisport
Angletech
Reactive Adaptations

–Note about bike fitting

Businesses outside of Colorado

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Freedom Concepts Inc. (US Office: Nevada)
All Ability Cycles (Iowa)
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Organizations and programs in Colorado for adaptive riders

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Activities

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Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte
Sportsabilities
Craig Hospital
VA Hospital
Adaptive Adventures
Your city’s parks, trails or recreation departments
–Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program
–City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks resources for visitors with disabilities
Cycling Without Age
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Adaptive Sports Association, Durango
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports
National and state park adaptive programs and resources
–Staunton State Park Track-Chair Program
–Great Sand Dunes sand wheelchairs
National Sports Center for the Disabled (nothing bike specific though?)
Colorado Discover Ability GJ
Eyecycle Colorado (Denver area)

Foundations and grant programs for funding to buy adaptive equipment

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Additional resources

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Getting around town

  • ADA rules about Other Power Driven Mobility Devices – “State and local governments (Title II) and businesses (Title III places of public accommodations) must allow persons with mobility disabilities to use other power-driven mobility devices in their facilities unless a particular device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements.”
  • Colorado bike share systems with adaptive equipment and technology [links]

Adaptive riding and recreation

How to find accessible trails

(what to look for, where to look, etc)

Bike events that are disability-friendly

Denver Century Ride

Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

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Considerations for other riders and decision makers

Here’s what some our friends and connections in the disability community or working with people with disabilities say.

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How to share paths and trails

  • Treat adaptive or disabled riders as equals
  • Remember that other power driven mobility devices can go places a regular bike is not allowed
  • Offer assistance but don’t assume don’t assume riders need it
  • Wait for consent and instruction on how to assist
  • be aware of others because of the height difference of some adaptive devices
  • be kind and friendly
  • give plenty of warning when passing
  • by understanding that some adaptive riders may take more time going up hills or in general (more of a leisurely ride)

What decision makers should consider

  • better curb cuts
  • step up education for trail users, bike path users, motorists
  • large turn radii on trails
  • directional trails
  • trails, roadways, bike facilities should be labeled if not accessible
  • wide enough at gates
  • communicating construction and closures ahead of time
  • ensuring alternate routes for closures have suitable hard surfaces, no dirt or mud
  • Making trails that are truly accessible, especially during times of construction
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For the bike industry

  • Make adaptive cycles and equipment more visible and available
  • Learn about various adaptations
  • Do training on how to help people find correct equipment
  • Advertise to agencies who work with/support non-typical riders to attend events
  • have ride entry be welcoming
  • be inclusive and welcome riders with disabilities by providing accommodations like specific fields and groups at events
  • By providing information about adaptive cycles and organizations, by including adaptive riding programs and participants

 

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Stories about adaptive riding

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Bicycle Colorado blog posts

  • https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/quinn-adaptive-ebikes/
  • https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/how-a-visually-impaired-bicyclist-adapts-to-change/
  • https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/denver-century-ride-eduardo-aguirre/
  • https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/bicycle-opens-new-avenues-and-much-more-to-para-cyclist-clara-brown/

News articles

  • https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/07/27/on-the-adas-30th-anniversary-remember-bikes-are-a-mobility-assistive-device-too/
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Videos

  • https://youtu.be/_d6ybAgfj0E
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzCPvsPGhbU
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