Cycling has enhanced Richard’s life in many ways.
Richard clocks up hundreds of miles on his Tracker trike, cycling around his North London neighbourhood. He built up his confidence by going to inclusive cycling sessions run by Pedal Power in Finsbury Park.Richard, who has a relatively mild form of cerebral palsy and a slight learning disability, has been supported by his mum Mary. She explains: “It’s been a gradual process and took a couple of years before we started going on the roads.Richard was keen to use his old tricycle again so we had it serviced and were supported to buy a shed to keep it safe at night. We cycle in short stages and stop to check that he is happy to continue. It’s important that he’s enjoying himself and doing it at his own pace.”
Richard cycles on pavements, cycle lanes and off-road areas with his support worker walking or jogging alongside him
Richard cycles on pavements, cycle lanes and off-road areas with his support worker walking or jogging alongside him, or on quiet roads with one person cycling in front and one person cycling behind.Back at home, Richard has an established routine around his cycling. He regularly checks his tricycle’s air, brakes and chain, and stretches and drinks plenty of water before and after he rides.Cycling has enhanced Richard’s life in many ways but he says there’s one main reason why he keeps getting back on his trike: “I have good fun!”