“I think movement actually is the best medicine. It’s like that saying: ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’,” Main said. The bike was created by Dutch designer and humanitarian Barbara Alink, who made it initially as a mobility device for her aging mother to use without the stigma attached to mobility walkers and scooters.
A successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014 brought about a launch in the Dutch market and a North America launch followed in 2016. Now the bike, which costs $1,977.00 ships worldwide. “The Alinker is for everybody who identifies as an active person and happens to have a diagnosis,” said Alink.
“The feedback that I’m getting from people is that their life has changed, they can go out again, they have agency back,” she added. The Alinker has three wheels and riders support themselves on a saddle and move their legs to push it forward. It has brakes and the high saddle means users can sit almost at standing height and speak to others at their eye level.
It is used by people with Parkinson’s, arthritis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, and peripheral neuropathy along with those recovering from strokes and surgery. “Isolation is a bigger disease or a bigger burden on people than the actual symptoms of the disease itself,” said Alink.
“So with the Alinker, being engaged in life again because you can go out… your radius expands again,” she added. Alinker is not classed as a medical device, so many insurance companies do not fund its purchase, leaving people to rely on crowdfunding or using the company’s rent-to-own scheme.
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