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

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Stijn says: August 16, 2009

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?

Kim Dygas says: November 12, 2009

trying to find a bike 4 my daughter paralised from waist dwn can only use her arms

    gihyeon, seo says: August 2, 2010

    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.)

Anounimous says: April 13, 2011

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…

londoners says: April 16, 2011

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

Canada says: May 19, 2011

Where are the brakes?!!
I am interested for my 13 yr old autistic child.

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Templedog says: June 29, 2011

Looks exactly like this award winning concept from the 2005 International Bicycle Design Competition. Different designers, though. http://www.engadget.com/2005/04/16/the-shift-morp

Alex says: December 23, 2011

I want to buy this bike for me .. Can i buy the this bike now. how to price. how to buy this bike . i am in Israel

Carolyn Valdez says: May 31, 2012

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!

    Tuvie says: May 31, 2012

    Hi Carolyn, this bike is only concept at the moment, it's not commercially available yet.

Ott says: May 8, 2013

Is there a production model? would like to but one even if it is chain drive

Stephanie says: June 26, 2013

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

john prince kondowe says: March 24, 2014

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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