The FREEDOM WHEELS Customised Bike Program gives a new kind of independence to children with disabilities by allowing them to ride a bike for the first time.
Freedom Wheels custom builds bikes to meet the individual needs of each child. Standard bikes are not designed to provide the support needed by children with disabilities. Solve’s highly skilled and innovative team of therapists, engineers and volunteers help children with disabilities to enjoy mobility and a form of recreation previously unavailable to them. They do this by customising a standard bike using a range of specially designed support components which can be added to standard bikes to enable them to be accessible to children with disabilities. These components, including a wide range of outrigger wheels, hand, foot and upper body supports, are made to be detachable to allow transport and storage of the bikes.
The customisation process begins with an individual assessment of each child to identify the bike, components and modifications suited to their age, height, weight, type of disability and physical and cognitive abilities. This assessment process is carried out by a Solve Disability Solutions Occupational Therapist, supported by Solve technical volunteers and occurs during bike clinics conducted regularly at Solve Central Office in Melbourne and regional centres around Victoria. Input from the carers and therapists (or health care professionals) form an important part of the assessment process.
Once the individual needs of the child are assessed, the team of Freedom Wheels technical volunteers build the bike and fit the individually prescribed and measured supportive components. When the bike is built, the child and their carers return to Solve to trial it and have final adjustments made. The bike is then available to take home.
Want to know more? Click on the links in the Download box on the right to download a Freedom Wheels brochure. Click here to hear what the Freedom Wheels clients and their families have to say. View the Freedom Wheels Video
Want to apply for a Freedom Wheels Bike? You can either apply online by clicking on the blue "Request a Service" button or download an application form from the Download box on the right and send it in to Solve Disability Solutions. Click here to find out what dates the clinics will be running for the next 6 months.
Want to become a Freedom Wheels Volunteer? Click here to find out more about what Freedom Wheels Volunteers do and to apply to volunteer with the program.
Freedom Wheels is proudly supported by Chain Reaction (Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge).