Bicycle trailer design for Cycling Out Of Poverty
During a multidisciplinary master's project and as part of the African Bicycle Design Contest (ABDC) a bicycle trailer and business model for the West-African market was developed for the NGO Cycling Out Of Poverty (COOP). COOP stimulates the use of bicycles in Africa, as bicycles can enlarge access to healthcare, education and employment opportunities. COOP started the African Bicycle Design Contest (ABDC) in order to obtain new product ideas which they could add to their product portfolio. Our team competed against four other international university teams.
As starting point for the project the team received an existing trailer design which was to be redesigned for the Kenyan market.
Our joint efforts resulted in a trailer with low production costs on which different add-ons, like boxes or water tanks for irrigation, could be attached. With this solution our target group, bodaboda (bicycle taxi) drivers, would be able to either transport goods for farmers and fishermen or transport water from Lake Victoria to farmers for irrigation. With our proposal we won the ABDC and received €5000,- for further research and implementation of the product in Kenya.