Background: The TrailRider™ is a specialized device to provide accessibility to the wilderness for those with limited mobility. It is intended for a seated rider propelled and balanced by assistants.
Objective: Expand the range of both riders and assistants who can ride safely use the Black Diamond TrailRider™.
How: As a team of seven mechanical engineering undergrads, we explored a range of areas for improvement and developed a new design to incorporate these features.
- Device relies entirely on assistants for balance, which may be physically demanding for some assistants
- Riders generally find the current device too passive
- Single-wheel design provides difficulty in rolling over abrupt trail features
- Single-wheel provides limited cushioning over rough terrain
- Device is difficult to transport and store when space is limited
- Incorporation of a 255 W electric power assist feature
- Implementation of lever-propulsion handles for rider engagement
- Integrated frame and suspension design for increased shock absorption
- Increased portability
Client: British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS)