How is a bicycle taxi different from an ordinary bicycle?

When the bicycles (which are usually imported) are originally bought, they don't have a strong enough support for carrying people. They are therefore modified locally by the many bicycle repair businesses throughout Kisumu. The original bicycle can be bought for between 2600 and 6000Ksh. They can be modified for a further 850-1000Ksh, including fitting.

The front and back wheels are strengthened with additional supporting struts (see photographs) and a stronger replacement carrier is fitted above the rear wheel. The front support costs about 150Ksh and the rear support 250Ksh. A padded seat (which can be removed) costs around 350Ksh whilst an adjustment to the seat, which enables it to be moved forward to accommodate some luggage as well as a passenger, will cost another 100Ksh. As part of the additional rear support, a footrest is fitted to each side. All this additional work is done locally. The additional products are also made locally, using local materials.


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?