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Tom races away

Posted 29 January 2019 in Case studies

A boy in the park riding a trike. A lady on the trailer behind him waves at the camera

A laughing teenage boy riding a trike, with a man in the trailer behindBack in the summer, we were contacted by Tom’s mum, Sharon, who asked the following:

“I was wondering if Remap might be able to enhance my 15 year old son Tom’s trike. He has recently got the go ahead to get a special trike which will give him a lot of fun and much needed rehabilitation after major leg surgery.

“However, our use of the trike will be frustratingly limited by the environment because, whilst Tom has lots of energy and enthusiasm for cycling, his physical and learning disabilities mean that he’s not safe to be out of arm’s reach except in the most controlled of situations.

“We have previously had carer-controlled tricycles but he is simply too strong and too fast for us and we can’t keep up.”

Never one to turn down a challenge, our West Midlands branch got in touch to see what they could do.

Having discussed all the options with Tom and Sharon, the team decided that the answer lay in a detachable chariot with independent brakes. With the chariot mounted to the back of his trike, Tom can give a lift to a passenger – who also has a set of emergency brakes just in case his need for speed gets out of hand!

Tom and his family are delighted with the finished chariot. Sharon says:

“Tom was a little hesitant initially, but now he’s got used to it, he’s a beast! It’s great for strengthening his muscles and it gives him a real sense of agency when out and about. It also means we are more able to go places as a family.”

 

Tom and his family recently sent us this video of their latest outing to the park. It’s great to see everyone having so much fun. Thanks Remap West Midlands!

Technical details for this project are available on MakeAbility.

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