Special needs and Adaptive trikes for kids.
Special needs and adaptive trikes can be used to assist children with different disorders, so that they too could enjoy a smooth and fun ride together with you. Although more expensive, recumbent and adaptive trikes can be used to ride with a disabled child in tandem. Some of the popular and inexpensive (compared to others) trikes are listed below; as an add-on, we are also listing several programs that provide adaptive bikes to kids with special needs.
One of the leaders in the adaptive equipment industry; Rifton adaptive tricycle is both for children and adults. This adaptive tricycle provides therapeutic and reciprocal exercise along with the joy of riding. As your child grows, Rifton tricycle can be adjusted to accommodate the physical parameters with the twist of a knob.
The Micah Tricycle is the ideal mobility training and exercise cycle for children and young adults from 5-15 years old. This model was built specifically to meet the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy but is also suitable for any rider where balance and support are important. The Micah’s adjustable frame length allows the bike to grow with the rider and the adjustable seat allows for optimal pedaling position. A rear care-giver handle allows for additional control. Built of light alloy tubing with a modular construction the frame easily is disassembled for storage and transportation. The Micah Tricycle fits riders 54″ inches tall and higher with an arm length between 17-27″ inches. A center divider keeps the riders legs in the proper pedaling position.
This tricycle comes with lots of features. Amongst the most handy ones are the quick-adjust S-frame, ergonomic adjustable seat, and tubeless air-tires. The trike’s limited turn radius steering device provides better navigability, while the low center of gravity base helps prevent tipping. The trike is also tandem adaptable.
Some of the resources that you may deem helpful in obtaining a special needs bike:
iCan Bike programs are geared toward helping people with disabilities ages 8 and up learn to ride a two-wheeler. Kids can do bike camps, after-school programs and in-school programs around the U.S.
Variety Kids on the Go! funds durable medical equipment for kids with physical challenges and financial need, including bikes along with wheelchairs, walkers, van lifts, house ramps, adaptive car seats and strollers. You apply through your local chapter of Variety The Children’s Charity.
Athletes Helping Athletes has provided handcycles to more than 625 children with special needs since 2000; you can apply here.
Programs by state:
The Freedom Program provides bikes to kids with special needs—145 to date!
Project Ride, through the Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton, Florida, gives new, modified adaptive bikes to kids ages 6 to 17.
Bike For Kids is an Idaho fundraiser whose proceeds go toward providing adaptive bikes to kids with special needs; contact info for applying for a bike is here.
On Bike Day at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Michigan, 50 kids with special needs get custom-adapted bikes.
The My Bike program by Variety the Children’s Charity provides adaptive bikes to children with disabilities who live in the Southwest, Pennsylvania region.