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Disability and the ability to ride a bicycle
Publishing date: 21.07.2011

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If you live in a neighborhood without stores or sidewalks or decent places to walk and you have bad knees, a bicycle can be the factor that makes life manageable. Grist, July 18, 2011

I can't count the number of times I've been told this. At events, in blog comments, from friends and strangers in conversation. Sometimes I hear it from people who have direct experience with disability. More often the point is produced as part of an argument against making cities bike-friendly.
For many people with disabilities, cars don't just symbolize independence and freedom, they make those things possible. But this isn't universally true, and it isn't always so simple.

Disability advocates often speak of disabilities as a social construct, defined in part by the reality of a missing limb or a head injury, but even more so by the environment and tools available. For instance, in places where glasses are available, being moderately nearsighted isn't considered a disability; where they're hard to come by, it's a whole different story.

Similarly, transportation options, or lack of them, play a major role in shaping what is a disability and what isn't. If you live in a neighborhood without stores or sidewalks or decent places to walk and you have bad knees, access to a car can indeed be a game changer. But for some people, a bicycle can be the factor that makes life manageable.

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