Astrid on her Easy Go scooter bike
Astrid van der Plank has a rare disorder, ADCA: a hereditary neurological disorder that slowly affects the small brain. Astrid: "I am tired quickly and have to use my energy sparingly. I also have problems with my balance and with my eyes. At a certain point I couldn't cycle a two-wheeler anymore because I was falling of the bike all the time, so I started looking for alternatives, including tricycles. I don't understand that some people let the image of a tricycle stop them, I'm just happy that I still have the possibility to keep moving. I wasn't immediately satisfied with my first tricycle either, I've studied what's on the market and tried out different bikes".
Sometimes Astrid hears stories of elderly people who refuse to use a walker and therefore sit inside all day. The mom of a friend of Astrid's wanted to use a walker on holiday, in an environment where nobody knows her, but at home she refuses. Astrid: "I have the feeling that being ashamed of an aid, such as a tricycle, is only something for the elderly. People my age and younger are mostly happy with it".