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People with additional support needs

Thinking about other road users can help us all stay safe.

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  • Safety first

  • Specialist training

  • Getting around

  • Cyclists with additional needs

Safety always has to come first

Many people with additional needs use Scotland’s roads every day. It’s up to all of us to understand and be aware of their needs – and help to make sure that our roads are safe for everyone to use.

What you need to know

  • Safety training is available for young people with additional needs
  • We all need to be aware of mobility scooters and wheelchairs
  • Many cyclists also have additional needs

A2B Safely can help younger people on our roads

Developed by Road Safety Scotland, A2B Safely is a resource which offers pedestrian training for young people (aged 10-18+) with additional learning needs.

It gives young people the chance to learn about roads and traffic in a safe and supported environment.

Getting around with limited mobility

There are different types of mobility scooters and wheelchairs available. They’re most likely to be used by elderly or disabled people.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • There are restrictions on the maximum speed and where they can be driven
  • All mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs can legally travel up to 4 mph on footpaths, or in pedestrian areas
  • But, they can’t be used on paths marked for cycles only
  • Remember not to park a mobility scooter or wheelchair in the middle of a path or pavement
  • This will get in the way of all other pedestrians
  • Including other mobility/wheelchair users and people with prams or pushchairs

Cycling can be enjoyed by so many people

Cyclists who need additional support usually ride adapted bikes or trikes.

Here’s some advice to help everyone make the most of the experience:

  • If someone has balance issues, a tricycle offers all the enjoyment of riding, but with a little added security
  • There are a few ways you can adapt a two wheel bike to suit additional needs. For example:
    • A lower frame to allow for easier mounting
    • Hand cranks instead of pedals
    • Combined braking and gear systems
  • Specialist companies can offer a more adaptable bike or trike to suit individual needs
  • More on adapted cycles
  • Get more information on cycling in Scotland with VisitScotland
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