2024
Lauren Payne
Product Design BSc
Interaction
Free Stile
Picture of current MIB team

Project Description

In the UK, 1 in 10 people need a mobility aid to be able to travel even short distances independently. Still, they are often excluded from the countryside and denied their legal access to Rights of Ways. This is primarily due to inaccessible footpath gates. The Free Stile gate prevents landowners' livestock from escaping while facilitating independent, hands-free passage for people with mobility challenges. It also features a standard latch for other users. Developed through participatory design involving mobility aid users and landowners, it prioritises low-tech durability, making it suitable for long-term outdoor installation. The MagPass attachment is fixed to the front of the mobility scooter. When the user approaches the gate, this repels the magnet within the gate and lifts the blocker out of the way, allowing them to push the plate and open the gate with ease. Animals are restricted as they cannot move the blocker and open it.