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(RCU)Rapid Commuter Unit

A redesigned motorized wheel chair with options for physical therapy to get you to your next stop.

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Michigan Central Station

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A correctly designed motorized wheelchair with roof and a cycling attachment connected to the drivetrain to allow some added exercise when desired. Boosting the drivers self-esteem, and joy. While also causing physical changes in their body, making them stronger and healthier.

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Photo of Mackenzie Fankell

Hi Robert! I see you post a lot of great ideas for wheelchairs. This cycling idea is intriguing. What type of physical exercises would benefit you the most? Have you observed other people who have similar needs?

Photo of Robert P Tweed

For my Neorological issues to be addressed best. I need a GoCart/mobile cycling unit that has optional motor assistant power. I have very high arches and hammertoes so my walking is very irregular and i require a rollader. I do not know if i will ever run, but with this idea. I know it is possible. I have seem people with cerebral palsy and friends i grew up with in wheelchairs. So i am one of the people that will also be blessed by this design. Ask me if you need any further info.

Photo of Boratha Tan

Hey Robert P Tweed thanks for sharing your experiences with us! Your RCU design idea definitely sounds like a hybrid-like powertrain! Mackenzie and I are facilitators of the City:One Challenge. I do have an additional question. I was wondering what the operation time on motorized wheelchairs are. This could lead into: do we want to see recharging hubs for RCUs, do we need to improve sidewalks/curbs for better street crossing, etc. Just trying to keep the ideas moving!

Photo of Robert P Tweed

What i have read online was 8hours. With the cycling mechanism starting an ever spining flywheel of sorts energy would be automatically restore by the cycling of the unit. And i thank you for your support. My words may not convey the picture. I plan to use. OnShape web design/ configuration. Multiple people can be speeding the design with that. As i am doing my best to be part of a team that would help several people sizes from a husky 175lb man that has an irregular gate to the tall 7'4" 600lb person.
An yes the sidewalks design would be redesigned some with RCU. I have seen many places have an almost selective sidwalk or no sidewalk. Where the person either walks in the road or on the persons flowerbed.