What materials and skills are avilable locally?

There is no problem finding appropriate metals for adapting the bicycles. Small motors are not available locally but there are people with skills who could probably make them, given appropriate parts and training.

The people may not be innovative in terms of ideas and designs but they certainly know how to make the best of recycling materials, including metal. Although most work is done by hand, there are workshops around where there are electrically-driven power tools such as pillar drills, welding and cutting tools. There are skill centres where people can be trained.

Sewing and textile skills are also available. The cushioned seats (made from foam) are made locally.


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?