Social Model of Disability

A model that recognises that disability isn't caused by someone's impairment or physical conditions - instead disability results from inaccessible environments, pre-conceived ideas of what people can and can't do, and lack of support systems.

With regard to cycling, the social model of disability would argue that cycling is available to many disabled people who can't cycle now. But what is preventing them from cycling is not their disability, but environments that make cycling difficult or impossible for them.