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The health benefits of three wheels

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5192 (Published 02 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5192

Re: The health benefits of three wheels

Three wheeled cycles could have a much wider benefit if they could be recognised mobility aids. .I have some ataxia and painful sacroiliac and knee joints. I fall off bicycles, so I took to a tricycle. I can cycle twenty times the distance I can walk , and carry shopping, and do so without pain
However ,warn patients to wear a helmet as you can still fall off. I f there is a camber (or one of the rear wheels has to go over an obstacle ) the tricycle will not remain vertical in the way a bicycle can. The rear axle is tilted and so the seat and rider are tipped to one side and you can fall off.
Additionally I thought I might be allowed the same freedom as an electric mobility chair . NOT SO ! I have been 'cautioned ' by the police for riding six feet along the promenade. Also some designated cycle paths are not suitable for tricycles. But the give one much greater mobility and enjoyable exercise. So 'TRY CYCLING '

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 January 2019
RICHARD WILSON
retired paediatrician
6 Perseus Terrace