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SETEDIS launches accessible bike program in Ecuador city hit by deadly earthquake

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A man rides a bicycle during the event showcasing the new accessible bicycle.  Image credit: Misión Solidaria Manuela Espejo

A man rides a bicycle during the event showcasing the new accessible bicycle. Image credit: Misión Solidaria Manuela Espejo

A month after a deadly earthquake killed over 70 people in Ecuador’s Portoviejo, yesterday the Secretaría Técnica para la Gestión Inclusiva en Discapacidades (SETEDIS) has launched an inclusive and accessibly bicycle program in the city during an event at antiguo aeropuerto Reales Tamarindos.  It is the first of its kind program in the city, and gave many people with disabilities their first opportunity ever to ride a bicycle.  The bicycle program was part of efforts to support and show solidarity with victims of the earthquake who have disabilities, with many people currently sheltering at the airport because their homes were destroyed.

A man and child use a tandem bicycle celebrating the accessible bicycle program. Image credit: Misión Solidaria Manuela Espejo

A man and child use a tandem bicycle celebrating the accessible bicycle program. Image credit: Misión Solidaria Manuela Espejo

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Disability accessible bicycles in the program include one for people with visually impairments, where two bicycles are joined together side by side through bars welded together.  They also include a basket in the rear for people to put items.  Bicycles for people with vision and intellectual disabilities also included more traditional tandem bicycles frequently used by blind Paralympic cyclists.  Other bicycles have been made available for people with more severe motor impairments, with a wheelchair frame on the front that an able-bodied cyclist behind pedals.

Among the disability sports Ecuador has participated in at the Paralympic level, cycling is not one of them.  The country has only ever competed in swimming, athletics and powerlifting.  In the past few years, Comite Paralimpico Ecuatoriano been doing more to promote cycling as an adaptive sport around the country.  Cycling was included in a Paralympic try it day in Tulcán in December, and as part of an sports festival in Guayaquil last September.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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