The following are just a few health conditions of potential users that could be riding adaptive cycles on trails.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: includes paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia and everything in between.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Scoliosis / Kyphosis
- Spina Bifida
- Limb and Digit Amputations
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Often able to walk without any assistance, TBI’s can have balance issues that require little or a lot of adaptive equipment.
This list of disabilities is more of a reminder that there are more than just one type of disability trying to access trails, and more importantly, these disabilities can vary greatly in severity. For example, there are many veterans with various levels of amputations (below knee, above knee, hip disarticulation). Many of these injuries still allow the person to use a standard two-wheeled bicycle, however many of the vets returning from the war have more than one amputation and require a specialized handcycle (trike) to access trails.