Summerbug Trike


A bespoke tricycle designed for 4-year-old Summer from Brighton, supporting her to stay mobile as she grows.

Summer, who has the rare condition Rett Syndrome, cannot walk unaided. Up until the age of 4 she used a toddler's push-along tricycle to get around, go to school and keep mobile. Once she reached 4 years old, Summer had outgrown everything available on the market and her family were keen to find an upgrade to her toddler's tricycle so that she could get around without a wheelchair.

The trike is tailored to her needs to provide support and adjustability as she grows, and is foldable for easy transportation.

Summer uses her trike every day at home and school, joining in with her friends without relying on a wheelchair. It gives her freedom, independence and physical support in a fun, colourful way not usually associated with mobility aids. It isn't simply an assistive product, it's a trike that can last for years.

Summer's new 'Summerbug' has given her the chance to remain independent as she grows.

As featured by The Independent and London Live.

This project was undertaken whilst on placement at DEMAND: Design & Manufacture for Disability, a charity who provide one-off products for people who's individual needs are not met by existing products.