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Fun sidewalk quad!

Combine the cycling of a bicycle with a new designed electric quad with sidewalk wheels.

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My solution merges the healthy benefit of cycling with the enjoyment of an electric quad for sidewalk travel. Plus added comfort.

Sit in a comfortable seat. You'll be able to go where you want without having to stop. You'll be able to get them without pulling so many dollars  out of your pocket. They will only cost $777, tax included where applicable. Or rent them for $7 for 3 hours max or $21 for a 12 hour day.

Extended version for 3 people. Built with wood, alluminum, a gear system, a speed system, and simple push start buttons and knobs to help even the most handicapped person, or young child maneuver it along the sidewalk. Compact yet strong, allowing you to have fun again no matter you age! 12-90recommended user age*

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Adults from 20-90. Children 12-19 depending on state regulations. Handicapped, overweight, and those needing physical therapy. But a standard bicycle an tricycle is not built for their needs.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Right now it is only me, I would need others to stand alongside for large scale production.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Funding given to me for this design would be used to buy lumber, gears, sprockets, chains and other essential components. Since I would not be focused on building a huge heavy machine it's weight would be much less than a standard vehicle, but it would still have the comfort one desires when traveling around. By using a pedal system with an optional electrical motors, it would allow gas to be redirected towards machinery that needs that additional power. However my designs if given the chance will be able to go 20mph on the sidewalk or set with the individual state's speed limits for vechicle in the same category as motorized wheelchairs. Fender benders, T-Bones, head-on collisions, would greatly decrease.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

1. How often are they being used? 2. Are they comfort 3. Are they fun? 4. Are they helpful in physical/emotional and spirit bettering of peoples lives? 5. Do they decreasing accidents, and fines? 6. How has it helped the environment?

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Hi Rob: Thank you for proposing a mashup of a bicycle and a dune buggy. I'm a facilitator here on the Grand Rapids forum and glad to help strengthen and improve proposals if possible. I like the freedom your vehicle provides. As you refine the idea you might consider some questions: What design will allow the vehicle to operate on sidewalks in Grand Rapids? On the streets? What are the best materials and components to keep the vehicle light and low cost? How will the pedal power and electric-assist interact? A proposal somewhat similar to yours is this one for Quick Karts by Aaron Smith: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/grand-rapids/propose/quick-karts.

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My design is compact for the sidewalk only being a 26inches wide. As some side walks are not 3 ft wide. Which is standard handicap accessible..The pedal system would be direct linked with chain on gears, meshed to the electric motor assistant. So all pedalling would move the rear axle. A side step inside would be used when the electric motor was turned on.and smooth gearing would cause the rear wheels to rotate. A inner design would be used to close the pedal from hitting your legs.

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DeletedUser

That design seems like another open golf cart turned handicapped compliant. Mine will be handicap accessible from start. With properly swivelng seats so you basically wheel alongside. Shift your body to get in the seat facing 90degress to the side. Move a lever to swivel it into forward locking position, turn on power, or optionally, open pedal covers and pedal toward you destination. With a standard 7 speed gearing. I am sure most travel will be very fun.

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DeletedUser

Many people could use their legs again after an accident with therapy. The therapy is often too expensive, so they let their muscles atrifee. And as a handicapped man I know this personally from experience.

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DeletedUser

My quick question Mr. Bulten, these are allowed to be ideas where we combine the effectiveness of slowing down to the actual state posted speed? While we can benefit individuals health by allowing them to be mobile, and have a system already in existence that causes accidents to be reduce to 0!

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Hi Rob: I appreciate your focus on active transportation that improves health!

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DeletedUser

Since I have a disability, it has been a deep passion of mine. If I get help and funding, many people will be able to enjoy. From those coming out of the hospital, to commuters wanting to save money, to friends getting together at the park or favorite restaurant.

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