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Taking your teenager for a run! yeah!!


The Alinker Insider newsletter lets you know what’s going on behind the scenes. We’re happy you signed up!  In May 2015, the very first Alinker walking-bikes arrived in the Netherlands and were delivered to people who purchased their Alinker during the pre-sale crowd funding campaign. Bianca (photo above) was one of the very first Alinker owners. She has been using the Alinker actively and has recently done a 20km walk with it!  Amazing, right!  Read her story.
 

Bianca told us: 'Without the Alinker I would probably have spend the weekend at home. Since I have been using the Alinker I am very motivated to go out with friends,  participating together in events like this Woodwalk (a fundraiser for refugees). I feel equal to others on the Alinker. I have progressive MS and often feel that I am stared at, treated differently, and am not part of society anymore.  Now on the Alinker I am simply one of the people who did the 20km walk, I did not lose my balance, stumble or trip (normally that happens to me frequently).  My children find it groovy that I Alinker!
Last year I participated in the Singelloop (an organized walk/run) in Breda, which was only 5km. Today I Alinkered 20km (it should be a regular verb I decided!) and that is only because I have trained with the Alinker for the past half year.
Since I have been moving about with the Alinker, my muscles have strengthened considerably and my condition overall has improved. I have the feeling that my brain is repairing itself. I eat healthily and move much with the Alinker. The fact that I can be at eye level with the world and can go out again with friends, makes me so happy!'


 


Since then we’ve added several more Dutch dealerships to the Alinker network and are exploring launch possibilities in North America.

This are the questions that guide our inquiry:
How is North America different than the Netherlands? Who will use the Alinker and for what kinds of activities? Which businesses, organizations and associations are already providing active-life mobility solutions? Who can we interest in partnering with the Alinker for events and promotions? How can we, as a socially impactful business, collaboratively stir things up and have some fun?

To answer these questions we’ve been hitting the streets to meet people in a number of test communities who are fans of active living and advocate for getting everyone out and engaged on wheeled devices regardless of ability. We’ve met some amazing people and discovered that each community has its own unique signature, or combination of people, businesses and associations working in support of one another to provide mobility services.
 

Here are some examples:

 

PORTLAND


Eddee from Thrive Cycles 3x365 in Portland at eddee@thealinker.com. Eddee specializes in adapting recumbent bicycles to specific user needs. She has been an Alinker advocate and representative from the very beginning. Eddee is currently showing, and soon to be selling Alinkers when sales start in the USA. She has introduced us to local businesses like Gladys Bikes, providing a cool saddle library so customers can try saddles before they buy, and Waterfront Bicycles, renting a variety of bikes to a variety of people on the Esplanade on Portland. Most recently she traveled with the Alinker to the Cycle Con


 
 

NEW JERSEY


Laurence at Jersey Bents in New Jersey, specializing in recumbent bikes, has become our first dealer in the USA. For now you can test drive an Alinker now by contacting Laurence.
The New Jersey network includes Alinker Ambassador Joe, who actively supports MS research, and in NYC The Tisch MS Research Center and the International MS Management Practice, physical therapists devoted to mobility.


 

NEVADA / CALIFORNIA


Susan in Reno NV/Susanville CA, is an active-life advocate. Susan led us to The Reno Bike Project, an organization that build bikes and teaches bike mechanics to anyone who wants to ride. Kurstin Graham at the Reno Bike Project is developing a concept for a bicycle library to enable more people to access to a variety of bikes and three wheelers. April Wolfe, recreational therapist at Reno’s Evelyn Mount Community Center has developed adaptive recreation programs and a has a variety of three wheeled bikes and trikes for lease. Reno is also home to SierraCycleSmith, a bike shop happy to order and adapt any cool device that the customer has tried and selected.



These are dynamic and highly creative networks of people devoted to making sure their community and customers can ride far into the future, keeping fit and having fun. In answer to our own question, in North America and the Netherlands, people who use the Alinker want to stay active no matter what. The active life movement is gathering momentum. We are proud to have a new device to contribute to these business and organizations who are making activity for all increasingly accessible.
 

DO YOU WANT SOCIAL CHANGE?

The Alinker is a social equalizer, a vehicle for social change


We are really excited to announce that the Alinker will be at  SOCAP 6th-9th October in San Francisco with 4 Alinkers.   SOCAP15 will convene leading impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners on October 6-9 for three full days of networking and engaging content at the intersection of money and meaning.    If you want to make an appointment with the founder Barbara Alink, give her a call to connect 360 788 3502

You can read testimonials and much more on our USA Facebook page
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