The bicycle seat for a bicycle taxi for a Paravet to use out of season

The design context.

Design and make an improved seat for bicycle taxis used in western Kenya.

Jeremiah feels there is a need for a dual-purpose bicycle for the paravets, who have little work during the dry season from July onwards. He thinks they could run bicycle taxis during those months, using the same bicycles. He suggested the possibility of designing a proper seat for a bicycle taxi. The panniers could be removed to carry goods and the rack could hold a passenger seat. Ideas that need to be borne in mind are

  • the fact that women ride side saddle, men astride
  • the need for a comfortable, cushioned seat that could perhaps be turned and locked according to the sex of the passenger
  • the need for footrests to stop feet dragging or catching on the ground
  • the need to prevent anything catching in the rear wheel spokes - some protection needed
  • the need to strengthen the back wheel in some way to carry the additional weight
  • could the back wheel be made smaller without affecting performance?
  • would be best if the seat was capable both of adjustment and removal

  • Transportation

    Before you begin

    Web references

    Specific design context
    1. Product Design - A portable carrier

    2. Product Design - An improved bicycle taxi seat

    3. Product Design - Firewood Carrier

    1. A portable carrier for vets

    The area where paravets work

    The origins of the roads
    What are the roads like?
    What are the bikes like?
    How do they carry their equipment now?
    What's wrong with current methods?
    What distance do they travel daily?
    What's their ideal carrier?
    What diseases do they Treat?
    What equipment do they carry?
    What carrier making skills and materials are available?

      2. An improved bicycle taxi seat

    The area where the taxis operate

    The bicycle taxi business in Kisumu
    What's a bicycle taxi like?
    What are the current problems?
    What would be an ideal bicycle taxi?
    Have they tried other ideas
    What materials and skills are available locally?
    A bicycle taxi for a paravet?