|Manufacturer:||AmTryke||Site of Operations:||Highpoint, NC|
|Founder:||Susan Haywood||Contact Information:|
|Tricycles Made Since:||1990||Notable Lines/Models:||All Terrain|
|Still in Business:||Yes|
In the early part of 1990, Susan Haywood, a physical therapist, spoke to the Longview, TX AMBUCS chapter about an expensive, hand-driven tricycle she used that enabled her patients, children with disabilities, to experience the fun of riding. Haywood, Gene Allen, an engineer, and AMBUCS got together to develop the first AmTryke.
A serious social problem for children with disabilities is the feeling of being left out. They cannot usually participate when other kids run, jump, play, or ride their bikes. The therapeutic tricycle not only gives a child freedom of movement and builds self-esteem, but it assists with muscle development and improved coordination while making exercising fun. With the AmTryke, those kids have a chance to feel just like others. Physical therapists acknowledge the AmTryke’s therapeutic benefits to patients, citing improved motor skills and strength development.
This unique therapeutic tricycle is hand and/or foot driven. Rotating handle bars are attached to the same change chain drive as the foot pedals, allowing the rider’s arms to assist the legs in propelling the bike. Velcro straps secure the feet to the pedals while torso and hip safety belts maintain the rider in the seat. A wide wheel base and narrow turning radius provide stability.
Notable Features: Coming
|8 inch Model||8 inch Model||12″ Model||All Terrain Model|