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WATCH: How 16-year-old wheelchair user Sophia was able to join her family cycling

See the below video from RTE News of how a 16-year-old girl, Sophia Daly from Dún Laoghaire, is able to join in with her family on a tricycle designed to carry her wheelchair.

Her dad, Aaron Daly, said: “This is an amazing addition to our local area, there is absolutely no reason every other council in the country cannot make this available to children and wheelchair users like Sophia. Let’s see how many will sign up.”

The bicycle is a Draisin Andros Wheelchair Trike. According to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s Sports Partnership, bookings can soon be made at the Bike Hub in Dun Laoghaire via is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

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1 comment

  1. it is a positive and great idea the shame is its only a token gesture by the councils with the ammount of bike hire firms awarded licences zero percent of them have added accessible bikes such as even ordinary trikes which would make cycling available to a larger ammount of the population. The only downside to these style trikes is you need a rider to accompany you but at least its a start. Now just to make the cycle lanes suitable for them


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