What is The Alinker?
The Alinker is a three-wheeled walking bike designed to help people stay active, do what they love, and live life to the fullest.
On the Alinker:
- users sit upright at eye level with standing companions
- weight is supported by the seat with no stress on the lower body
- handle bars provide additional support
- feet remain on the ground keeping users stable and safe
Whatever the circumstance; chronic aches and pains, getting older/aging, or recovering from an injury, we all want to live an active life! The Alinker is a socially inclusive solution for those who want to stay in the game.
It’s a new way to move, a different state of mind, a cool status.
Barbara Alink is a Dutch designer, architect, humanitarian, and inventor of the Alinker.
The Alinker story started with a comment of Barbara’s aging mother—Antonia Esman. While passing some elderly people with walkers and scooters, she said: “over my dead body will I ever use one of those!”. Barbara set out to design something better for her mum, but soon realised that what was truly needed was a vehicle for social change, challenging our assumptions about people with mobility challenges.
“When I first saw the Alinker, it was the racecar yellow color that caught my attention, followed by my thought that it looked like no mobility device I had ever seen.
Before I was sold on the idea of the Alinker, I was sold on Barbara’s vision. I was taken aback by the stories of the people helped by the device and simultaneously, I started thinking about people I could reach out to who would love to give it a try and who would benefit from it greatly.
Of course, being a bilateral below knee amputee, I didn’t think it would be useful to me. And then I sat on it and gave it a try. I realized that Barbara and Leon, made it look easy. I also realized that after so many years, I finally felt my hamstrings really work. Suffice it to say that after 15 minutes, my legs were burning, and I knew I wanted one.
— Felicia Voss-Shafiq, SAP Senior Support Engineer, Canadian Paralympian, Brand Ambassador for The Alinker Inventions Ltd