Vancouver women creates ‘walking-bicycle’ to improve lives of those with mobility challenges

Published on Monday, April 18, 2016


CBC News article on The Alinker

Vancouver’s Barbara Alink was in the Netherlands a few years ago when her mother, who she was visiting, commented on all the elderly people they had seen on scooters and using walkers.

“She said, ‘Over my dead body will you get me into one of those.” Alink said that made her realize how mobility devices can actually emphasize a person’s disability.

“And then she said, ‘I’m afraid of becoming disabled and I don’t want to be looked upon as I look upon them.”

That led Alink on a mission to come up with a better way to allow people to stay active, regardless of their mobility challenges.

Four years and fourteen prototypes later she developed the Alinker — which looks much like a ‘walking bike.’

Alink will be speaking about her invention on April 23 at TedxEastVan, which is sponsored by CBC Vancouver.

Read the full article here.