Wheelchair Bike Hire in Europe

April 23, 2014 in Adaptive Cycling, France, Netherlands, UK

wheelchair bike, wheelchair tandem, duet, rollfietsWheelchair biking is a fun way to enjoy cycling if you are mobility impaired and don’t have the arm strength for a handbike.  Here are a few links I’ve come across for wheelchair bike hire in Europe.

 

 

 

Belgium

An excellent pdf showing some of the adapted bike hire opportunities in Belgium www.accessinfo.be/fileadmin/bestanden/docs/Cycling.pdf

France

In France wheelchair bikes are known as Velo Adapte or Rollfiets.

Near the Swiss border Colibrius rent a range of adapted cycles at Brognard, Pays-de-Montbeliard www.colibrius.fr

La Rochelle, North of Bordeaux www.maisondesvelocipedes.fr/?page_id=15

Netherlands

De Hoge Veluwe National Park has wheelchair bikes available free of charge www.hogeveluwe.nl

Star Bikes Rental Amsterdam has a wheelchair bike available for 18 euros a day

Near to Zaanse Schans and De Rijp you can rent a wheelchair bike for 20 euros a day in Wormer at fietsverhuurwormer.nl 

www.rolstoelgebruiker.nl is a dutch website, this link has 4 bike rental companies who rent wheelchair bikes in the Netherlands.

Spain

In Barcelona they have the funky Batec which are worth checking out.  An electric bike that clips onto your wheelchair.

 

United Kingdom

Go to this blog post Where to Rent a Wheelchair Bike in the UK for a list of rentals, traffic free paths and links for throughout the UK.

 

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Wheelchair Travel Netherlands – Links & Blogs

June 11, 2013 in Netherlands

Wheelchair Travel in the Netherlands

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My Netherlands Wheelchair Travel Experience

It’s mostly flat and has a fantastic traffic free cycle path network, which wheelchair users can use to their advantage!

Check out my Netherlands wheelchair travel  blog posts>>>

Wheelchair Travel In De Rijp, Netherlands

Keukenhof Wheelchair Access, Tulip Heaven & Dutch Flower Fields

Wheelchair Accessible Windmills – Zaanse Schans

Noordwijk – Wheelchair Travel Netherlands

 

Netherlands Accessible Travel Guides & Websites

Here are some helpful resources for planning an accessible trip to the Netherlands.

Books

Wheelchair accessible romantic B&B’s in Holland by Eelke Kelderman. It’s in dutch but is a great resource for finding lovely accessible accommodation in the Netherlands. I reckon with all the photos and the help of google translate or a dutch dictionary you can understand what each accommodation has to offer.  B&B’s in Holland by Eelke Kelderman  The website is www.eelkedroomt.nl also in dutch but if your computer has a translation function you’ll be able to access it.

Rick Steve’s book Easy Access Europe (this guide has access info for parts of the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK). It was helpful for getting a general idea of the accessibility situation in the Netherlands.  The book covers Amsterdam and Haarlem only, the section on Amsterdam would have come in useful for choosing which areas and attractions I might have visited.  I didn’t actually make it to the beautiful city.

Websites

Accessible Travel Netherlands have a very informative website with accessible travel ideas throughout the Netherlands. www.accessibletravelnl.com

The website  Accessible Amsterdam is a helpful resource with all sorts of access information about public buildings, transport, hotels, wheelchair rental etc.

Amsterdam Tourist Office has a short section for disabled travellers IAmsterdam

Netherlands Railways have special services for people with disabilities.

able-travel.com have some good Netherlands info and links.

www.rolstoelgebruiker.nl is a dutch website, this link has 4 bike companies who rent wheelchair bikes in the Netherlands.

 

 

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Noordwijk – Wheelchair Travel Netherlands

June 11, 2013 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, Netherlands, Wheelchair Walks

Wheelchair Travel Noordwijk

My wheelchair travel Noordwijk experience in the wintery springtime.  I chose this location for its accessible beaches and opportunities for wheelchair biking through the dunes on car free cycle paths. It’s also near to Keukenhof and the famous dutch flower fields too.

 

Accessible Dunes Car Free Path

At both ends of the promenade in Noordwijk you come to the Fietspad (car free cycle path) through the dunes.  It’s lovely and peaceful rolling through the grassy dunes and the surface is perfectly smooth. The fietspad from the north end is fairly flat, while the one from the south has some small hills.

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Noordwijk Accessible Beaches & Mobility Scooter Rally

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Noordwijk beach is over the dunes from the promenade.   The wheelchair access at the beach is great. There are wide concrete walkways down to the beach at various points.  Each beach station has a sign which shows facilities and access.  Some of them have beach wheelchairs. For info on availability and location of beach wheelchairs see this link http://noordwijk.org/en/forum/9075/beach-wheelchairs-in-noordwijk.htm

Wheelchair biking along the seafront in Noordwijk, what synchronicity that we stumbled upon a convoy of 150 flower garland festooned mobility scooters! Each one decorated with daffodils. They had a police escort and were just on their way for  some lunch on the beach after an incredible journey.

 

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Accessible Hotel Noordwijkerhout

This hotel is a bit corporate for my taste (well it is a conference centre). I chose it because it is a great location for visiting Keukenhof, the flower fields and Noordwijk (but only if you have a car as it’s on the outskirts) plus I got a cheap deal on laterooms.com.  There are lifts to all floors and I asked for a wheelchair accessible room.  The room was modern and spacious. In the bathroom there was an accessible sink, although the mirror above it was not wheelchair height. I thought the shower was too squeezed in between the bath and toilet and transferring might be tricky for some. It did have a shower seat and grab bars though.

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 More Netherlands Wheelchair Travel

Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens.  For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands 

 

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Accessible Windmills – Zaanse Schans Wheelchair Access Netherlands

June 1, 2013 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, Netherlands, Wheelchair Walks

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Zaanse Schans Wheelchair Access

Zaanse Schans is a traditional style dutch tourist village north of Amsterdam set in beautiful scenery.   It’s wheelchair accessible and well worth a visit.

Plenty to see, including museums such as the antique clock museum, the Zaans Museum and Verkade Paviljoen (Dutch Cookie Museum ), a clog factory plus a Distillery and Tasting room, quaint little shops and 2 accessible restaurants: The Pancake restaurant and the Museum restaurant.

The surface in the village of Zaanse Schans is flat brick tiles. The path around the windmills is smooth tarmac.  There is a disabled toilet in the visitor centre and 2 disabled parking bays outside .  Two Wheelchairs are available at the visitor centre so these might be best booked in advance at busy times.  www.zaanseschans.nl

Windmill Wheelchair Walk

There is a smooth surfaced path alongside the windmills and a cycle path running parallel below.  If you are visiting a windmill take the top path. For a relaxing wheelchair walk take the one below as its wider and less busy.  The photos below don’t really capture it that well as the weather went a bit dull.

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Wheelchair Accessible Windmills

There are 2 wheelchair accessible windmills at Zaanse Schans: The Sawmill ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep) and ‘De Huisman’ (the House man).

We visited the sawmill and saw a fascinating 10 minute video showing how they reconstructed the windmill. Inside the actual windmill there is a lift for wheelchair users which takes you up inside to see the amazing workings and down to the basement to see a mini exhibition.   They have a small cafe and a few chickens in the yard.  The sawmill staff were friendly, helpful and very informative.

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More Netherlands Wheelchair Travel

Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens.  For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands 

 

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Wheelchair Travel In De Rijp, Netherlands

May 11, 2013 in Adaptive Cycling, Netherlands, Wheelchair Walks

Accessible Hotel Netherlands – Hotel De Rijper Eilanden

Great Disabled Facilities & Fabulously Vintage

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Everywhere you look are vintage items, there is always something to be curious about in this establishment. This is no corporate bland hotel that’s for sure. Instead it is down to earth, friendly, helpful, full of personality and fun.  I would really recommend dining here too, fabulous delicious food and generous too.  This place is a breath of fresh air for anyone who loves vintage and quirkiness.  It’s also an extraordinary venue for anyone with disabilities and would be the perfect place for disabled peoples group meetings or holidays.  Access to De Rijp village is great, you can roll straight out of the Hotel onto the cycle path and a quiet road into the lovely village.  www.derijpereilanden.nl/en

 

Charming Village Of De Rijp

Wheelchair access in De Rijp is good, it’s easy to get around, nice and flat apart from the odd small slope over a canal bridge. It’s a historical village and the surface in the centre is flat brick tiles, which are only very slightly bumpy.  De Rijp has lots of character, the traditional buildings are very interesting. I loved the blue/green facades, pointy roofs and canal side homes.

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Wheelchair Walk Eilandspolder

The Eilandspolder is a hodge podge of grassy islands separated by a maze of ditches and canals.  It’s a wetland paradise for wildfowl. There is a car free walking path along the side of the Eilandspolder.  It is totally flat, smooth and surfaced for quite a distance and then it becomes compressed gravel which is also easy to manage.  We saw sheep and playful lambs, wild geese and heron. You can see the old windmills in the distance pumping the water out of the lowlands.

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Wheelchair Bike Riding On The Fietspad

The fietspad (dedicated car free cycle lane) is  perfect for wheelchair biking, active wheeling or going for a mobility scooter ride.  From De Rijp to Middenbeemster we enjoyed a safe & pleasant roll between these 2 historical villages. We got a local map from the hotel which showed clearly which cycle paths were on the road (fiets route) and which were in a separate dedicated cycle lane (fietspad) so we tried to stick to the fietspad where possible.  The fietspad is used by cyclists, mobility scooters and we even passed a pony drawn cart on there.   Stylish dutch bike spotting became the past time along the way.  At Middenbeemster we took a break at a cafe and noticed that they have a wheelchair lane on the pavement!

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Scenic Drive/Ride Around De Rijp


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We took a wheelchair bike ride from De Rijp to Schermerhorn, Ursem, Oterleek, Stompetoren-Schermermolens, Grootschermer, Graft and De Rijp.  This route is good for windmill spotting although only part of it was on car free paths (fietspad).  It would make a nice scenic drive. We stopped at Schermermolens Windmills for a rest and some cake.  There is a small cafe and museum there, but its not wheelchair accessible.  If you have one, send an able bodied person to go in and get the snacks.

More Netherlands Wheelchair Travel

Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens.  For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands 

 

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Keukenhof Wheelchair Access, Tulip Heaven & Dutch Flower Fields

April 25, 2013 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, Netherlands

Keukenhof Wheelchair Access Info

Wheelchair users don’t hesitate!  Keukenhof is totally wheelchair accessible, mobility scooters, powerchairs & manual wheelchairs will have no problem.  The layout is almost all flat, smooth and step free. Each of the buildings have disabled toilet facilities. All the flower shows and restaurants are spacious enough to get around. Disabled parking spaces are available near the entrance (although you still pay the 6 euros parking fee) Entrance to the gardens is 15 euros and “carer goes free” applies.

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to hire but should be booked in advance. For more Keukenhof wheelchair access info go to www.keukenhof.nl/en/reservation

 

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When To Visit Keukenhof

It totally depends on nature.  Keukenhof gardens are open every spring, this year (2013) from 20th March to 20 May.  We visited on 18th April and were lucky to have a sunny day.  Because of the long cold winter the flowers were late this year so the gardens were not yet at their peak, but it was still very green with splashes of colour outside. The flower shows inside were in full bloom so we still got our tulip fix despite the delayed blooming outside.  Before we arrived I kept checking the flower update on tulipsinholland.com (very helpful) and also the latest Keukenhof reviews on tripadvisor to get an idea of what to expect.

 

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Tulips In Holland

Keukenhof has tulips galore, lovely vibrant hyacinths and the prettiest frilliest daffodils I’ve ever seen.  This is flower photography heaven…bring your camera!

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Flower Fields

We saw hyacinth, daffodil and some early tulip fields blooming during our visit.  We were lucky to catch the beginning of this colour fest.  A week or two later and it must be an amazing sight when the majority of the flower fields are in bloom.

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Daring as we are, we went for a wheelchair bike ride to find some blooming flower fields.  We parked the car in Lisse and headed out on the cycle path.  The path was good until we hit the smaller roads near Keukenhof, then the route became just a marked cycle lane on the road with the cars.  So it wasn’t ideal for us to cycle around this area as we prefer to be car free when on the wheelchair bike.  We took some pics but the weather was quite cloudy on that day so they came out dull.

After our visit to Keukenhof we visited these fields again on a detour back to our hotel in the car.  It was a tulip drive by in the sunshine, so the photos came out much better.

Wheelchair Travel In The Netherlands

Travelling by car (and ferry) to the Netherlands in April 2013 we visited the countryside north of Amsterdam around De Rijp, the windmill village at Zaanse Schans, the north sea beach resort of Noordwijk and the flower bulb area around Lisse including Keukenhof gardens.  For Netherlands wheelchair travel links & blogs visit this post >>> Wheelchair Travel Netherlands 

 

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