Special needs trikes, disability bikes and cycle insurance

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The bicycle is indeed the great leveller,” extolled The Century magazine in 1894. “It puts the poor man on a level with the rich, enabling him to ‘sing the song of the open road’ as freely as the millionaire.

Better still, the equality offered by cycling goes beyond the socioeconomic.

Research by Wheels for Wellbeing reveals that 75 per cent of disabled cyclists find riding easier than walking with the same proportion using their cycle as a mobility aid, just like a wheelchair or mobility scooter.

Cycling is a great form of active travel of those with special needs; It reduces strain on joints, aids balance and can alleviate breathing difficulties. However, unlike wheelchairs and mobility scooters, cycles of any kind are not recognised in law as mobility aids.

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Wheels for Wellbeing is lobbying for cycles to be recognised as a mobility aid when used by a disabled person. This change would put them on a level playing field with wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Cycle insurance for bikes and trikes

Every ETA cycle insurance policy includes a long list of benefits as standard including theft, accidental damage, vandalism, third party claims, and even breakdown cover for you and your bike or trike.

Please note that we can’t guarantee our Cycle Rescue drivers will be able to help you from your cycle to the recovery vehicle if your mobility is severely restricted. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

The ethical choice

The ETA was established in 1990 as an ethical provider of green, reliable travel services. Over 30 years on, we continue to offer cycle insurance breakdown cover and mobility scooter insurance while putting concern for the environment at the heart of all we do.

The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be the UK’s most ethical provider.







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