The Dutch company Bike Labyrinth has a pleasant change of scenery in store for all those who don’t want to or are unable to step outside their door. As the company name suggests, its products highlight bicycling. But the entrepreneurs thought it too boring to just have people exercise on their indoor bike trainers, which is why they got creative.
The fact that you get to see places is what makes cycling so much fun. That prompted the inventors to tape virtual bike rides for indoor bike trainers. The setup is as easy as can be: A screen is mounted in front of a home trainer or exercise bike, allowing users to embark on virtual bike tours on any route of their choice as soon as they move the pedals.
Let the virtual bike tour begin – users can cycle German cities, bike along French coasts, or ride past Dutch windmills. Bike Labyrinth offers tours that vary in length. You can choose simple predetermined routes or opt for an interactive route that allows you to choose a direction at certain junctions – go left or right. Destinations in Europe aren’t the only choices: the company also offers routes in North and South America, Australia, Japan or Indonesia, to name just a few. And Bike Labyrinth continues to expand its options – destinations in Turkey are next on the agenda.
These bikes tours are especially suited for people with mild dementia. The wide array of routes allows them to bike around cities they may have visited in the past. The company reports that some users have already made cognitive improvements thanks to this tool. The idea was sparked as a project at the Leiden University but by now, the company often sells its products to healthcare facilities, retirement homes, and rehabilitation centers. The different routes keep people with dementia entertained while they exercise and get fit at home.