With no pedals to pedal, the glide cycle avoids the most striking complication, for the disabled, associated with operating a standard bike. Riders instead push themselves along with one foot (more like a skateboard), while the arched structure helps the riders maintain balance (a tricycle version, GlideTrike, is also available). The traditional fixed bicycle seat has also been replaced by a complicated suspension saddle, which promises to remove pressure from between the often sensitive crotch area (perineum), and instead distribute it through the pelvic region. The saddle, combined with the inherent flexibility of the structure, provides a bit of spring for each stride the rider makes. The GlideCycle uses a more traditional bicycle mechanism for steering.