Alazar and his road to independence

Alazar always wanted to cycle on his own. His cerebral palsy meant that he rode a wheelchair bicycle, piloted by his family. But he wanted to do it all by himself.

August 18, 2021

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Alazar always wanted to cycle on his own. His cerebral palsy meant that he rode a wheelchair bicycle, piloted by his family. But he wanted to do it all by himself.

Alazar practiced and practised. Slowly, he built up his strength. In 2016, he could ride a fixed gear trike with a body harness to keep him in position. The fixed gear mechanism, along with the harness, helped him learn the basics of cycle control. It also improved his muscle memory and development.

By 2017, Alazar had progressed to a rear-steering recumbent trike. But he still wanted more. He wanted to complete Bikeability cycle training. Nobody was sure it was possible.

Alazar beat the odds again. The following year, he could walk short distances. He progressed to a low rider recumbent trike and began to cycle 2km a week. Without cycling, none of this would have been possible. 

Alazar completed Bikeability Level 1 in Autumn 2019. Now, he cycles independently with his family. Cycling is now something they can all enjoy and share together. 

 

Alazar was awarded our “Bikeability Trainee of the Year” award in 2019, in recognition of his amazing achievements.

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