Accessible Cycle Project

 About the Project
Approximately 20% of persons with disabilities in Pakistan are those with lower-limb impairments (Helping Hands for Relief and Development), most of whom rely on a hand-driven tricycle, laden with design defects. NOWPDP is the proud organizer of the first Accessible Cycle Project, which aims to redesign the tricycle, endorsed by global accessibility experts from leading institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to make it accessible for persons with disabilities. NOWPDP is following a three-phased approach to this and looks forward to making a difference to as many lives as possible.
Phase 1 – Accessible Cycle Design Challenge

An intense 3-month long national Design Challenge was initiated, from January – March 2016, to elicit accessible cycle designs, under the production cost of PKR 10,000, from top Engineering and Architectural students of Pakistan. The esteemed Jury (keep the jury pics the same) consisted of global experts belonging to prestigious institutes who judged the final entries on the following criteria:

  • Less accident-prone
  • Requires less exertion
  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Aesthetically pleasant

The winning design came from Mr. Taufeeq Elahi Diju (put cycle picture), a talented Abbotabad-based product designer and the most innovative design from Ahsan Iftikhar, Bayan Mashrequi, Daim Ali and Danish Haider of NUST PNEC Karachi. The challenge was heavily covered in all the leading media outlets of Pakistan and elicited support from prominent organizations and individuals. For more details:

http://www.nowpdp.org/?s=Accessible+Cycle+Design+Challenge

Phase 2 – Prototype Development

In this phase, NOWPDP has partnered with Automobile Corporation of Pakistan to produce and give newly developed accessible cycles to 40 deserving individuals with disabilities that will have a positive impact on their livelihood and health.

Phase 3 – Market Availability

After the provision of initial cycles, the innovative designs will be made available in market at subsidized rates.