Location: Kisumu, Kenya

Problem: Bicycles are the main form of transport for much of the developing world. The majority of bicycle designs cater to the recreational user and are not suited to carrying heavy loads. Most bikes are sold through supermarkets, are of poor quality, and require after market add-ons.

Client: Individual entrepreneurs, delivery firms, and NGOs in Kenya

Designers: World Bike’s Adam French and Ed Lucero.

Solution: A long lasting, affordable, utilitarian bike with easily replaceable parts capable of carrying several people (utilized as taxis) or goods including bulky loads like bread. The design decreases the risk of safety and health issues by allowing cargo to be distributed horizontally across the back tire versus being stacked so high that the rider’s visual field is restricted and the weight distribution is unstable. The modified bikes also lower the incentive for motorized transportation and the accompanying pollution and severe accidents. World Bike are transforming their website into an open-source knowledge sharing site for bicycle designers to take part in the challenge of designing low-cost utility bicycles.

Completion: 2005

For more info: World Bike

On view at: Design For The Other 90% at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

Posted May 08, 2007