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iWalk-FREE Foot and Ankle Off-Loading Device

The iWalk-FREE is an off-loading leg brace that transfers weight from the foot to below the knee during walking and standing. It can be considered a knee stilt as the device post that makes contact with the ground is extended underneath the knee. The iWalk-Free can be used as an alternative to crutches or complimentary to crutches.

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VeloPlus Wheelchair Transport Trike

Velo Plus transport tadpole-style tricycle designed for a wheelchair to be loaded into the bay.

What a neat trike! The VeloPlus by Dutch company Van Raam allows for up to two riders, one that powers the bike and another that is sitting in a wheelchair toward the front of the trike.

In order to load the wheelchair and user, the bay platform pivots downward to create a ram. Then the wheelchair is pushed back onto the bay and it pivots back perpendicular to the ground. There is a strap (think safety belt) that is then brought up and over the wheelchair and rider. You can watch it in action here:

The trike has an option to come with an electric battery and is equipped with 8 speeds. The list price is 4095 euros or roughly $5500.

Check out this video of almost a whole family riding on trike!:

Semi-Recumbent Chair-Style Bicycles

A Day 6 Semi-Recumbent Bicycle

A semi-recumbent bike is a good option if:

  • You’re comfortable balancing on a bike but would like the added stability of being a bit closer to the ground
  • Want the added support or having a back rest
  • Want the added support of having a wider seat
  • Want to relieve the pressure on your arms and hands accompanied with the traditional positioning of coming over the handlebars of a traditional bike
  • Don’t want to or are unable to get in and out of a lower fully recumbent bicycle

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