Off-road hand cycle
This project involved creating a modular addition to the already existing Varna II handcycle to allow it to be used in moderate off-road conditions. Modifications included suspension, two electric hub motors, and modified brakes.
This project won second place in the Polytechnics Canada student Applied Research Showcase.
As the modified handcycle weighs 80 lb. and has a long wheel base, it is not compatible with commercially available handcycle racks. Transporting it in a car so it could be used in different cycling locations proved challenging. This project involved the design of a specialized car rack design that allows the user to mount and dismount the handcycle independently (using a winch), while still allowing access to the trunk. This project was short-listed as a finalist in the 2015 RESNA student design competition.
The British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS) is an organization that provides outdoor opportunities for people with disabilities, including hiking using of the TrailRider.
This research aims to investigate the experiences of participants, volunteers and staff involved in the BCMOS TrailRider program to explore a) their motivation for participating; b) perceived barriers or limitations; and c) impact.
BCIT Mechanical Engineering, UBC Occupational Science and Occupation Therapy