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What is the cost of not learning to ride?

The real cost of not being able to ride a bike is in the lost opportunity – the opportunity to smile and to be like everybody else.
For a child with special needs, if bike riding isn’t mastered then other options are often considered. One option is often an adapted three or four-wheeler. These adapted bikes may be suitable last alternatives for some, but a significant percentage of children here-to-fore outfitted with awkward and cumbersome three-wheelers or large training wheel-equipped bikes can be taught to ride conventional bikes. Typical costs for special purpose bikes can run as high as several thousand dollars. Beyond the dollar cost of these special bikes and trikes, the real cost paid is in the lost opportunity – the opportunity to smile and to be like everybody else. Some children are placed on tandems and what are called “tag along” bike trailers, but these bicycling solutions have distinct limitations. Quite apart from the passive nature of these bike environments, the problem with tandems and tag along trailers is that as the child grows to adult size, their weight combined with uncoordinated and erratic body movements of the child soon cause the dual riding experience to become perilous. In short, riding in a stoker capacity with a responsible adult is destined to be a short-term solution, and a solution that essentially closes future windows of opportunity.