Faculty Advisor

Dehner, Corey

Faculty Advisor

McCauley, Stephen M.

Center

WORC / Worcester Community Project Center

Abstract

The goal of this project was to create an adaptive bicycle design for the non-profit organization Worcester Earn-A-Bike so that they can provide bicycles to teenagers with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and cerebral palsy. We discovered that adaptive bicycles are not widely available, tend to be very expensive, and are only suited to a specific individual’s needs. Our group developed several adaptive bicycle designs which we analyzed in terms of build cost, fabrication time, and benefits provided for those with our targeted disabilities. Our group selected a slim tricycle design to prototype because it solves the majority of issues that those with our selected disabilities have and can be made by modifying a standard adult bicycle with parts available at Earn-A-Bike’s shop.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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