Canta disability vehicle that rides alongside bikes

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bicycle alongside a Canta mobility car, demonstrating the short length

©Barely Sandland/TIMB – A tiny mobility vehicle that shares Dutch bike paths.

Meet the Canta, a Dutch car that is allowed on the bicycle paths. And it is tiny. Classified as a mobility car for disabled people, it is just barely longer than my bike. Seated two and is just over one meter wide. Designed so the steering Continue reading

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GALLERY: World Naked Bike Ride, Brussels, 2017

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man in an electric wheelchair at the World Nude Bike Ride in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Nude advocacy and the expanded participation of vulnerable users.

World Naked Bike Ride in Brussels was June 21, and had over 200 people riding. The ride is a humorous effort to raise awareness of cyclists – but was emphasised this year with the serious accident involving a cyclists at an intersection, Rond Louise, the day before, and just a few hundred meters away.  Continue reading

Attacking Mont Ventoux through the easy route

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Paracyclist with spasticity climbing hills in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mt Ventoux has to be a standard for any and every cyclist

“I have climbed Mt. Ventoux three times. I took the easiest route, Sault, the shortest. It is 26 kms and it is doable. The last six kilometres are very tough. My next challenge is the ’20kms Of Brussels’ again. I do it in about 1 hour 15 minutes. It is only 20k, but it is very tough because you are almost sprinting from the very beginning.” Continue reading

Finding a challenge in competitions

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Para-cyclist with spasticity climbing hills in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Various races across Belgium offer distances that suit the individual.

“I used to participate in competition a long time ago. At that time, we only had a choice of the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and this was very short and intensive. These efforts increase my spasticity, so I had to stop. But I found other challenges. I have participated 11 times in the tour around Brussels – 100 kilometres in one day. I have already done the ’20k Of Brussels’ with wheelchair athletes five or six times. We start 15 minutes before the elite runners and I try and finish before the first runners. Two or three times I have managed to arrive before the first runner. And this year, only the first runner could catch me.” Continue reading

The impact of poor bicycle pathways on limited cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Handicapped cyclist negotiating bike paths in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The essential safety of bicycle pathways is amplified with handicapped cyclists. Too many pathways are uneven, forcing riders into the motorised traffic lanes.

“There are three wheels, three tracks, when you ride a tricycle. It is important that the bicycle pathways are level so I can keep my balance. No potholes or manhole covers to drive into.” Continue reading

Being on two wheels can keep you on two feet

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with spasticity riding tricycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bicycles offer essential physical therapy for many cyclists with limitations.

1/4: “I have spasticity. It means there is too much tension on my muscles and I have plastic supports on my legs to keep the them straight. It holds my leg, more or less, in a set position. Riding a bike helps a lot. The bike has almost become my legs and, thanks to the bike, I can also move independently, as it allows me to walk alone. This means, if I do not bike, then, after a while, I cannot walk any more. Now I can walk without crutches. But if I do not bike, after a few days, walking is much more difficult. In the end, I am not able to walk any more. Thanks to the bike, I can keep walking.” Continue reading

Making a disability a little safer, maybe a little faster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bike trails with the chance for distance and speed

“When I first got the bike, I reached over to change the gears and I was alongside the curb and I fell and I thought I would never let that happen again. When I fell, my knee fell on my arm and bruised it so badly I had to go to hospital. So my girlfriend, who is really into cycling, said, ‘When we go riding, I got you this. Please put it on’. And so I wear a sling. So doing the ride, people notice the guy is hurt.” Continue reading

What might be less than obvious with a disabled cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Disabilities in riders are not always easy to see.

“My arm is paralysed. A permanent thing and I have learned to live with it. When I don’t have my sling on, I have no flags, nobody notices. It wasn’t hard to move to a bicycle. I was paralyzed on a motorbike and getting on a bicycle was kind of therapy. With just one arm, I have to be more cautious, but I’m going to get another bike because I know I’m enjoying this.”
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