Challenge? HELP Haiti Answered
Several summers ago working for with my church mission team we happened across this project that needed volunteers call the P.E.T. http://www.giftofmobility.org/what_is_pet.htm Project which stands for personal energy transport. They build these 3 wheeled carts with hand cranks for 3rd world countries to help with those people who have lost the use of their legs. These people do not have the luxury of 30,000 electric wheel chairs, mater of fact most of them are limited to crawling. They are distributed to countries around the world and they are built so they can travel off pavement.
Our team spent a week in a workshop in Lulling Texas. I saw this complicated process of taking some existing bike parts and then fabricating the rest out of wood or metal. This seemed incredibly inefficient at the time to me. I always wanted to revisit how these things were built using more off the shelf components and less fabrication because it seemed to me that while building a couple of these was a good idea that building a lot of these was not always the best use of man power, supplies, and money.
So it occurred to me that perhaps with all of the soon to be disabled in Haiti that now is the time to step up, now is the time to look for a better way. So the very loose guidelines that I was thinking about was that we have too many bikes going to the dump every day in this country, what if we could find a way to take existing bikes and break down their parts for new PET's and could also find a reproducible manner of manufacturing frames and reconfiguring these parts. Not everyone is a welder, not everyone is a Maker, but almost anyone can see an abandoned bike and take it apart for usable parts and send them to someone who can. So what do you think…