Daniel has ataxic Cerebral Palsy which causes him to be quite unsteady and a little shaky. He uses a Kaye Walker to get around and his condition affects a lot of aspects of his life. His mum Lucy didn’t want his condition to get in the way of his need for speed, so when she saw a little girl at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance riding a custom bike she set about trying to get something similar for Daniel.
She bought an electric ride on tricycle and got in touch with the team at TAD to make it safe and useable for Daniel.
Since Daniel has much better control and movement in his hands than his feet, volunteer John Griffiths took the accelerator away from the pedals and placed it on the handlebars.
“Rather than having the bike shoot off as soon as the accelerator was pressed,” says John, “we put in a control circuit so that when you push the switch the bike accelerates slowly.” There is also a facility for reducing the maximum speed so that Daniel can learn to ride slowly before graduating to a higher speed.
John also put a bucket seat onto the trike so that Daniel can be tightly strapped in for extra safety, which definitely puts mum Lucy’s mind at ease. “Daniel loves his trike,” says Lucy. “He rides along the bike track and the other kids all think his bike is so cool; it’s a real talking point. The trike enables him to play with the other kids and helps him be included which is so important.”