U.S. carmaker Ford has taken a step in to the world of cycling with a new patent for an automatic kickstand, that would mean riders would never need to put their feet down.
Ford describes the stand, whose patent has been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office, as a 'telescopically deployed support arm'.
The patent application highlights the difficulty that disabled people may have riding a bicycle if they can't use their legs when stopped.
The application also says an automatic stand may remove the danger of an able bodied rider falling if a foot or feet are stuck in place.
"For example, a shoe lace can get tangled on a peddle shaft or a foot can get stuck in a toe clip, causing the rider along with the bicycle to fall to the ground," the patent reads.