Pedal Power Parent’s Guide

Samantha & Little Ding on his first trike

Little Ding’s first trike – he soon overpowered this trike, but because of it we knew a bike would be in his future

When Little Ding got his first trike – it was amazing. He flew through the physical therapy department, and when we brought it home, he flew down the street – the sense of excitement he felt was palpable.   Soon he pretty much overpowered it – he’s fairly strong and active.  We were left wondering what we could find for him next – what about a regular bike would need to be adapted for him, what can you adapt, and where do you find them? Our online research found a few verrry expensive trikes and bikes that were way beyond our budget. We also had no idea where we could even test ride such vehicles.   We wondered how many other parents felt the same way. Since that we’ve done more research, discovered a bike store that sells adaptive bikes,  and started this blog.  And wouldn’t you know it, now that we’ve gone through all that, I found the website for Riley Hospital for Children   (Indianapolis) and their Pedal Power Program – a resource program for parents and professionals to “to help connect children with disabilities to the opportunity to ride bikes”.  They have a lot of great information for parents from what kinds of disabilities require which kinds of adaptations, to a list of many of the makers of adaptive bikes.

Riley Hospital for Children’s Community Education and Child Advocacy Department has created the Pedal Power program as a resource to parents, health care and rehabilitation professionals, and community leaders to help change attitudes and current practices and support awareness and action to help connect children with disabilities to the opportunity to ride bikes.  Every child should have the chance to enjoy bicycling and to do so safely. You can help make this goal possible by using the Pedal Power program education resources.

Even though we live in Chicago and love the doctors and staff at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and all the obstacles they’ve helped Little Ding to overcome, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention another Midwestern institution that promotes and supports adaptive cycling for kids.  A kid on a bike is just that – a kid on bike.  And how wonderful is that.

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