07 June 2009

Urban Mobility

Disabled Motion
I rode behind this chap for a while in Tokyo. He is carrying a cane and his right leg doesn't function properly for whatever reason. When setting the bicycle into motion, he could only use his left foot to turn the pedals until he achieved momentum. Then he could use his right foot to ride along. I was behind him at three lights and was fascinated at how he did it each time, even in heavy traffic. No fuss, no wobble, just steady, practiced motion.

Meanwhile, back in Copenhagen, this disabled Copenhagen has three wheels under her and the bicycle helps her get around the city. The homemade sign reads "Slightly Disabled".

Whatever the city or country, I love the mobility that the bicycle provides.


SteveL said...

I have a knee injury and cycling is not just better as you can spin rather than push, but cross roads more easily. In the UK, pedestrians are left to sprint across gaps unless there is a specific pedestrian crossing -if you can't sprint, no crossing. Whereas on a bike: you get an official part of the cycle.

Adrienne Johnson said...

My Stepfather is quite deaf and can not hear cars come up behind him on his recumbent trike. We are making a sign for the back of his trike that says "cyclist is hard of hearing" so people will be more patient about him not getting out of the way on the country roads around his home. He was a bit put off by the idea of a sign at first, but I showed him pictures of handicapped cyclists that I had shot and he decided it might not be so bad : )

Aushiker said...


Great post. You might find reading Alex Simmons blog worthwhile. Alex lost a leg in an accident is back out competing and coaching. Inspirational.


getinlost said...

A friend of mine ride a fixed gear because of the lost of feeling in his legs due to diabetes.

anna said...

Very good. I think there are way more possibilities for disabled people to move around on a bicycle. Good to see some working.

Yokota Fritz said...

I've known a few disabled people who depend on a bike or trike for mobility, including a guy who is too blind to drive and a couple of people with limited range of motion. A bike shop owner friend of mine raised funds for mentally handicapped residents at a group home so they could get trikes to get around.