We are proud of the 4 Wheaton College students, Bradley, Michael, Noah, and Dean who came up with a dual gear system, a creative solution to a complex gear issue for hand-pedaled trikes. Below are a couple pages of their report. Clicking here you can read the complete final project.
Today I, Alice, from HWI met with Cara, who is part of Safari Seat, for an introductory meeting. Thanks to Skype I was able to be in my home in the USA and Cara in England. Through our discussion we discovered many common goals between our two organizations.
Providing a mobility product for those with lower extremity disabilities.
Helping to find ways for those in under developed parts of the world to be able to build the product.
Providing the product design as an open source model.
It is encouraging and energizing to collaborate with those doing similar mobility development work who share some of the same goals. We look forward to continuing to build a development mobility collaboration, one connection at a time, sharing our resources, learning from each other, and working together.
October 2015 His Wheels International (HWI) attended the first annual Chicago Unconventional Bike Expo (CUBE) located in the Chicagoland area. CUBE has given us the okay to form an International Hand-Pedaled Trike Track that will run within the bigger CUBE convention.
Join HWI and the International Hand-Pedaled trike track for the CUBE to be held September 30- October 2, 2016 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
Evvy Campbell has told me repeatedly that “Development work is done by building one relationship at a time.”
On January 8, 2016 three organizations doing develop,ent mobility work in Africa connected by phone. The call included Alice Teisan and Kevin Nikolich with His Wheels International, Will Austin with BUV, and Joy Hazucha with Cheetah Development.
BUV has designed a basic utility vehicle. There mission is to create unique transportation solutions, which relieve daily burdens and empower sustainable economic development to help transform communities in Africa and beyond. Cheetah Development has several projects. The mobility business project they are preparing to launch is the Kabisa Heavy Load Bicycle with a load capacity of 1,000 lbs can travel over the roughest trails. Kabisa bikes will be manufactured in Africa. (more…)
The New Year began with a His Wheels trike traveling to Jakarta, Indonesia with a team from the MIT D-Lab. Matt McCambridge, the MIT faculty member leading the trip was taking an HWI trike along with Free Wheelchair Missions Gen 4 to test them side by side. Matt wrote the initial trike test guidelines for a comparative trike study (2013-2014) conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia. We look forward to hearing the follow-up from MIT.
On January 13, 2016 NOWPDP design challenge launched a first of its kind trike design challenge. The challenge highlights 5 important design features, Highly Accident Prone (Center of Gravity), Requires High Exertion (ergonomics and gear ratio issues), Uncomfortable (ergonomics), Incompact [not compact], and Unsightly.
Alice Teisan is honored to be part of the international judging board for the challenge, made possible because the judging will occur virtually.