Posts Tagged ‘wheelchair’

The iBex Saddlechariot: Wheelchair Access with a Pony!

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A Day out with Pony Access

We love  the idea of “Access all Areas” and are thrilled with this new idea for going off road.

There are a few products out there which really change the meaning of accessibility.  We have previously looked at the Mountain Trike and Wheelchair Skiing.  Here we’re looking at the fantastic work of Simon Mulholland, the developer of the iBex Saddlechariot and the Pony Access scheme, which provides, as his Twitter bio attests, ‘Access to ponies, Access with ponies. Disability, ability, who cares, ponies don’t.’

The iBex Saddlechariot is an innovative creation which allows wheelchair users to be pulled along safely by ponies, allowing them access to a wide range of sights and scenes which would previously have been impossible without significant help or at all for some types of wheelchair. The iBex Saddlechariot has been used to take people on trips all over the place, covering rocky terrain, beaches and water.

A Closer Look at the iBex Saddlechariot

A pony pulling a chariot adapted for a wheelchair

Cross Country with a Pony!

The iBex has been designed with safety as its main concern. It is a wheelchair enabled pony-drawn all-terrain vehicle which allows wheelchair users to access the countryside on any path they choose, in a similar way to how a rider of a quad bike could and even in some places where you can’t even reach with a squad.

The design seems so simple but once you look closer there are a range of features which show just how effective the iBex is. The most important is the instant release system which releases the pony and renders the iBex stationary, brakes applied, ensuring the complete safety of the user of the iBex. The instant release system is activated by the simple pull of a rope and it can even be operated remotely, ensuring that carers, guardians or pony handlers can activate the system is the user isn’t able to.

The best thing about the iBex is that is designed for use with wheelchairs. It hasn’t been modified or changed to accommodate wheelchair users, it was always designed with them in mind.

Any Wheelchair, Anywhere!

iBex on the Beach

iBex on the Beach

The iBex is designed to work with absolutely any wheelchair, with both manual chairs and power chairs easily accommodated. Modifications can be made for each chair and a quick look at all the different images that @ponyaccess shares will show you people of all shapes and sizes enjoying the iBex and having a fantastic time.

Much like the universal design of the product, where you can go is also (almost) limitless. Some terrain is obviously dangerous (deep mud, swampland) but beyond that you can enjoy almost anywhere from the comfort of the iBex. Sand, slopes and rocky terrain are no problem and it is possible to enjoy English Heritage sites which have been kept from people using wheelchairs for many years.

As this video shows, plenty of fun and plenty of environments can be enjoyed from the comfort of the iBex.

Pony Access is based in Exeter but they often take treks out to Sussex and Brecon, with other areas a definite possibility – you’d just need to have a chat with them! It’s great to find businesses and individuals who are passionate about inclusivity and accessibility, especially when their attempts to solve the issue are so fun.

#AccessDay Exmouth Beach wheelchair accessible. Over rocks, over shingle and soft sand. Real beach access for anyone. pic.twitter.com/MR4mtLSO4I


Get in contact with Simon at Pony Access, click here.

Mountain Trike Creator Tim Morgan on BBC Dragon’s Den

Tim takes on the Dragons!

Tim Morgan and his invention - The Mountain Trike

Tim Morgan and his invention – The Mountain Trike

Late last week we popped-on our TV with anticipatory excitement to watch the fantastic Tim Morgan brave the Dragon’s Den on BBC Two, in a bid to gain investment towards his innovative Mountain Trike invention.

Although understandably somewhat nervous, Tim did an amazing job of pitching to the Dragons, presenting a solid and informative speech, whilst also coming across as incredibly likeable (which he genuinely is ;-)).

Skip to the end to get Tim’s take on the Dragon’s Den experience and why he’s happy with the result.

Mountain Trike on Dragons Den Video

 

The All Terrain Wheelchair Invention – Mountain Trike

Tim’s Mountain Trike creation is an innovative, UK-patented and designed manual wheelchair that is not only lightweight, and extremely easy to manoeuvre, but also engineered so that it is durable and steady enough to take on the roughest of terrains, making it ideal for travelling over all types of ground.

Image of The Mountain Trike - all terrain manual wheelchair - in black and green.

The Mountain Trike has a sporty and fun design, and allows you to travel across all types of terrain

The Mountain Trike includes a plethora of technical features to ensure the user is comfortable and steady whilst out and about. The wheelchair uses drive levers to propel it forwards, which help to amplify the effort the user puts in, whilst also keeping hands clean – brilliant for muddy woodland and sandy beaches.

The gearing system and large front wheels provide the correct speed and traction for both flat ground and uphill climbs, and allow the user to ride up and over curbs and obstacles with ease.

Comfort was also a important issue when Tim created the Mountain Trike, and he has included a changeable base cushion and moulded back rest into the design, to help ensure a relaxed and secure comfortable position whether you are moving around the home or taking a trip up a steep hillside.

What did the Dragons think?

All of the  much-revered entrepreneurs were highly impressed by Tim’s creation and the delivery of his pitch, however in spite of this Tim didn’t quite manage to win investment as the greedy Dragons wanted much more of the fast growing business than Tim and his partners had agreed to part with. However, we know that Tim has big plans for his outstanding and inclusive Mountain Trike, and wish him every success in taking the wheelchair out a wider audience. The publicity from the show will help wheelchair users across the country know about the off road possibilities that they can enjoy using the trike.

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Follow Me on Pinterest The Kandu Group is a collective of 8 disability entrepreneurs have come together to help launch and promote disability products and services.

Tim Morgan and the Mountain Trike company are members of the Kandu Group – a selection of disability entrepreneurs who have formed a collective to help launch and promote disability products and services. The Trabasack and Equipped For life team have proudly exhibited the Mountain Trike with Tim and the team on a number of occasions, most recently at the Mobility Roadshow in June, and know that he and his multiple-award-winning invention are due to accomplish further success, whilst also helping to change the lives of those with disabilities on a daily basis.

Why I said No to the Dragons – Tim Talks Back

Since saying no to Deborah Meaden’s offer in the Den Tim has explained exactly why he made that decision