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Product Design Assignment for Rotterdam University for applied Sciences Product Design and Engineering Industrieel Product Ontwerpen (IPO) 051111

Idea: Lightweight Recycled Cycle Made from melted down recycle plastic crates, this strong light weight design uses a rubber belt drive system, housed in a guard protect. The rubber belt system is on both sides -2 cranks each side of frame, this provides longer wear, more power and if one breaks the other can function. Coordinator: Stephan Blom - Design expert: Basten Leijh - +31624507709 - Other contacts: > Luuk Eickmans – – luuk_eickmans (skype) > African Bicycle Network –

Opinion from the jury "Although send in with a short presentation, this is clearly a valuable idea. It stimulates the local entrepreneurship, brings a solution to waste problems, and can stimulate the local economy. The drive train is an original touch."

African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 Assignment information Copyright  2010 Cycling out of Poverty

Assignment: Design a bicycle (prototype) from recycled plastic including a business plan for a sustainable market penetration in Kenya.

Special attention: -


degree to which the design is tailored to needs of a target group in Africa, including affordability, ease of maintenance, durability, usability for certain niche markets, and appeal as status symbol possibilities for manufacturing the bicycle in workshops in Africa affordability of retail price (with or without a credit system) for the target group in Africa utilisation of local available and environmental friendly materials (bonus points) business plan on implementing the bicycle design (including the design of PR material) production manual, to be delivered in a way that local mechanics can manufacture it. This means a clear description of the materials and the chosen production processes. Technical specifications have to be delivered as well as a cost price calculation.

Updates: We request the wiki-bike design team to give regular updates on the therefore developed section at (guidelines will follow shortly). So please send the following to (1) usernames on of the bloggers and (2) image/avatar of the bloggers. Hopefully the wiki-bike design teams will also take initiative to promote their design assignment for the African Bicycle Design Contest by giving updates on social media like Facebook and Hyves. Support: Your contribution to by designing, co-creating and sharing ideas is tremendous. To make a lasting platform for co-creation and sharing of bicycle designs for Africa, support is very welcome. Donations or in-kind support are very important to us. Any contribution, big or small, is truly appreciated. Together we can make the difference. Cycling out of poverty  SNS Bank Account number: IBAN: NL68 SNSB 0906146356 Swift code: SNSBNL2A

African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 Assignment information Copyright  2010 Cycling out of Poverty

Assignment University of Rotterdam  

With this African Bicycle Design Contest we aim to design bicycles tuned to the needs of (potential) bicycle users in Africa. Hereby the des...

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