Quincy is an 11 year old boy with the desire and motivation to learn how to independently ride a bike. However, he suffers from seizures, low muscle tone, and requires leg braces to walk with limited stability. He currently rides with a parent on the back of their bike with an attached seat, and would like an adaptive bike to suit his needs to enable him to ride independently. The project challenge is to construct a bike for Quincy that prioritizes safety while also ensuring that he can operate the bike on his own with his individualized abilities.
Our proposed solution is to build an adaptable bike for Quincy, that he can use without much support from anyone else. Our approach is going to be using a regular bike frame, and then making changes to each component based on individual needs. More specifically, This bike was designed to promote learning and growth, as feet could be strapped in to the pedals, the handlebar was adjustable, and it had a fixed sprocket with single speed gearing. Most importantly, this bike included trunk support and a strap for the torso to ensure safety of the rider. We have met our community partner, Tessa (Quincy’s mom). Based on her requirements, we have created our budget, are currently working on the design document, and we are in the process of finalizing our design (we will make that decision once our parts are delivered).