Cycling in the Netherlands is very inclusive. It isn’t restricted to the daring young men who can get up to speed and who are fearless in the busy urban traffic. In the Netherlands cycling is a viable transport option for young and old and also for people with a disability.
In June I saw many people from abroad. They were visiting for a summer school or a study tour. One thing that keeps coming back in the conversations is the fact that the Dutch cycling infrastructure makes cycling so relaxed and truly open to people of all ages and backgrounds. In any cycle tour you take in the country you will see people with disabilities in normal traffic. They either use a mobility scooter or a special needs tricycle. You will see an array of different vehicles using the Dutch cycle ways. (Unfortunately, also vehicles that do not go well with cycling, mopeds and scooters, but the Dutch Government has now finally decided local councils may indeed forbid those to use the cycle ways in their municipality!)
Cycling is freedom, a freedom to travel, that opens up worlds for young children but also for people with a disability. Thanks to the special needs vehicles and the superb cycling infrastructure network in the Netherlands they use the tricycles for transport, fitness, therapy and recreation just like anyone else. Kitty Verbeek from Enschede cycles 150km per week on her tricycle; to work in Hengelo and for recreation. Her life motto: People who are born with a disability shouldn’t hide at home, but live their lives in the heart of the community.