Application of Universal Design to Cycling: A Catrike Folding Trail

Premise Universal Design is a factor in the effective, efficient, and safe design of a pedal-powered vehicle. Thoroughly planning the design for someone's trike ensures the final design will be appropriate for the individual user.

Example

image of a Catrike Trail

Portability

Within size limits of the person's vehicle

Within the limit for oversize baggage on Amtrak

Safety

Helmet

Visibility

Lights

Reflectors

Clothing

Flags

Mount and dismount

Folding handlebars

Foot safety

Power Grip straps

Advantage: Does not require sizing to fit

Shifting

Patterson

1 or 2

Located underneath the left palm

Advantage: Hand remains on the steering mechanism while shifting

Advantage: Two choices guide new riders quickly

Advantage: The numbers are printed on the control

NuVinci

Spinning dial

Located underneath the right palm

Advantage: Hand remains on the steering mechanism while shifting

Advantage: Hand remains close to the brake while steering

Advantage: The dial is non-incremental, so changes can be small and quick

Advantage: Gears can be changed while the vehicle is stopped to allow for new riders, stops due to fatigue, and sudden road condition changes

Braking

Front disc brakes

Disc brakes are resistant to heat caused by frequent braking

Single lever

One lever makes the pull more even than dual levers

Lever can be placed on the rider's strongest side

Comfort

Pipe wrap

Insulation designed to keep pipes from freezing is wrapped around the seat supports

Pads the seat and reduces transferred vibration

Padding

Purple Pillow

Seat cover

Original seat is black

Cover has a light color, is washable, and has pockets

Maintenance

Tools

Cleaning

Cover

Inside

High-thread count king size fitted sheet

Elastic around all edges

Outside

Patio furniture cover