Bicycle Design for People with Disabilities

Bicycle designer Gavin Smith has come up with a new bicycle design that will help people with disabilities to ride the bicycle independently. Sometimes disabilities like cerebral palsy can affect the basic motor functions such as balancing which results in their inability to ride a regular bicycle. The bicycle is designed such that the supports automatically allow them to balance and operate the same effortlessly. The design also instills confidence so that they can ride the bike without any assistance. Overall this is a good effort for community development and a nice thought which is a welcome change from all those high end concept cars.

bicycle for people with disabilities

bicycle for people with disabilities


Text from designer :
This product is designed to assist people with disabilities to independently ride a bicycle. Disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities and Acquired Brain Injuries can affect basic motor functions such as balance and strength, hindering their ability to operate a bicycle as an individual. This bike supports the rider’s disability by helping them balance the bike, be effortless to operate and also looking and functioning like a main stream bicycle. This helps the rider gain the independence and confidence to ride a bicycle without assistance.

Although this bike has been designed specifically for people with disabilities, there is no reason why this product cannot be used or adapted for other demographics.

This bicycle was created to support the physical limitations of a person with a disability. As a result, this gives the rider the confidence to independently ride a bicycle. This helps increase the riders self esteem and encourages them to become more active in society.

bicycle for people with disabilities

bicycle for people with disabilities

Designer : Gavin Smith


26 thoughts on “Bicycle Design for People with Disabilities

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  2. The design looks stunning and the propulsion device is worked out in detail. Is the bicycle tested out by the mentally disabled target group? What are their experiences?

    • I want to buy this bike for my son. I don't know that this bike is mass production now. So i hope know several facts. 1. Can i buy the this bike now. 2. how to price. (if 1. is ok!! how to buy this bike . i am south korea.)

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  4. You like independently, i can see that. And I really like the design and idea!!
    But have you thought about getting on and off the bike?
    I think a lot of children or people with CP or brain damage, or other handicaps cannot get on the bike themselfs, so their independance is allready lost here…

  5. Hi. I live in London and I would like to buy this bike for my son. where can I find it? how much does it cost? Thanks

  6. I just discovered your site. I am a person with a disability that has prevented me from doing something I loved to do as a child; ride a bike. I recently saw your bicycle design and would love to get more information including cost. I wasn't sure where to direct my inquiry..I hope this was ok. Thank you for your innovation!

  7. looking for a bike that iscan bend my knees, having trouble with pedals to close unable to pedal due to not being able to bend kness all the way

  8. I appreciate you so much for the new design of a bicycle for people living with disabilities.Please keep it up.

    How i wish to have one for my people who are physical challenged.

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  10. I would be interested in this bike as well. There is such a need for a cool looking bike that provides independence. In Canada. And have a 10 year old with cp! She would loved ones! Or to be a tester! Have you reached out to cp associations and rehab hospitals for testing? Please feel free to contact me my daughter would love to trial this! Anything to foster the future of indepence for kids with disabilities!

  11. I think I would love for our son to try a bike like this, but there are still some issues for our 6 year old with CP. With his cp and I am sure many others, he has a issue with reciprocating his legs and uses his upper body for a majority of his daily activities. So a hand cycle version would be awesome. The only other issue with a majority of these medical devices are they cost so much and for families who don’t receive any assistance, it is extremely hard to pay for these. But I would like to thank you for designing a more adaptable bicycle for these amazing children.

  12. To the designer: I would rework the body a bit if I were you. remove the body work between the seat and handlebars. Go down to the drive shaft, to minimize the distance you have to lift your leg to get over the drive shaft. So it looks more like the woman’s bike vs man’s bike.

    Also it would be nice to have a saddle style rack over the rear wheels. to put belongs like cane, groceries etc. a rack that can support about 50-60lbs

    This suggestion comes directly from person with disabilities. Who use a bike for mobility related disabilities.

  13. hi,
    I want to buy this bike for my son (13 Y). Is it possible to shipping this bike to Austria too? How much does it cost?

    Regards

  14. Hi my 8 year old grandson has ASD and has a balance issue with his bike and refuses to even try anymore. A bike like this is cool and different looking while addressing the balance issue without the training wheels. Please send more information. Thanks.

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