Delivering Inclusive Cycle Training: A Good Practice Guide for Disability Cycle Training

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2011
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 13 Jun 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


This Guide aims to ensure that cycle training for both children and adults is inclusive, by equipping instructors, and in particular new instructors, with the knowledge, confidence and potential strategies they might need to deliver effective cycle training to disabled people.


Good practice guide.

Key Findings:

  • Some people will require a cycle that is designed specifically to meet their needs. There is an extensive range of cycles on the market, encompassing bicycles, trikes and quads in various forms. Many of these cycles are foot pedalled in a similar way to a conventional bike, although hand propelled cycles are also popular.

  • A summary of the types of cycles available for purchase, and in many cases for hire, is provided below. It should be noted that the list is by no means exhaustive but is intended to give an indication of the type of models available; and that there are many different manufacturers producing models similar to those below:

    • Low step-through bikes;

    • ‘Standard tandems’;

    • Semi recumbent cycles (also known as ‘crank forward’ cycles);

    • Trikes for one person;

    • Trikes for two people allowing both riders to pedal;

    • Trikes for two people where only one rider pedals;

    • Hand cycles; and,

    • Quads.


Bicycle, Trikes, Quads, Disability.


This is not a research article but highlights the different kinds of pedal cycle available. The good practice guide does not specifically discuss the safety implications of specialised pedal cycles using existing cycling infrastructure which is primarily designed for conventional pedal cycles.