To develop, promote and provide healthy transportation alternatives for veterans, seniors and other adults and children with disabilities, and to contribute to their overall well being by enabling active and independently mobile lifestyles.
OUR FIRST STEPS - GoodLife Trikes
GoodLife Trikes was founded as a 501(c)(3) in 2007 after GLM founder Dainuri Rott spent 5 years developing a pedal trike with an electric-assist motor for his 84-year-old father Nicolas Rott, who had lost his driver’s license. The trike was powered both by muscle and an electric motor in a unique system dubbed the PEP (pedal electric power) hybrid. The PEP included innovative monitoring and assist technology to program the mix of muscle effort and electric assist. His father remained mobile and independent; he also gained strength and improved his level of fitness from the exercise of pedaling the trike.
This first hybrid trike gave rise to the monitoring technology, as well as the key guiding principle we call “Intelligent Electric Assist”. We use technology to help people attain independent mobility, improve their physical fitness, and assist them in adjusting to injury or other changes in their physical condition.
OUR CURRENT JOURNEY - GoodLife Mobility
In 2010, the organization became GoodLife Mobility, reflecting the expanded mission of providing Electric Assist transportation and recreational vehicles to those suffering spinal cord injuries, wounded war veterans and others with physical disabilities including seniors.
A lifelong surfer, Dainuri first sought to apply the human-electric-hybrid concept to a surfboard for himself. At a conference in 2004, he met Jesse Billauer, a former competitive surfer who became quadriplegic in a surfing accident. Dainuri wanted to get Jesse surfing independently again on an electric-assist surfboard. A grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation partially funded the development of the first prototype board, the “Jesse I.” We are now nearing completion on the “Jesse II,” the world’s first electric-assist steerable surfboard with full two-axis joystick control. It has three microcomputers and thousands of lines of computer code, a swappable waterproof battery, motor and impeller, and can reach speeds up to 9 mph. The Jesse II board will get Jesse and others with extreme spinal cord injuries and other disabilities surfing with a radically new level of independence.