Mitch Yeomans completed many hands-on projects during his time on campus. But one project in particular stood out, because it has the power to change lives.

“It could have a real impact on people,” said Yeomans, of Kansas City, Missouri, who graduated in May. “It will give the elderly and disabled chances they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Yeomans was referring to a pedicab — a form of transportation common in big cities — that he and a team of fellow PSU Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology students designed and fabricated for Live Well Crawford County.

The non-profit organization promotes healthy lifestyle choices through education, motivation, and support for all generations and abilities, and approached the students about the project after an intern came up with the idea. It fits perfectly with the Live Well mission, said Director Brad Stroud.

“It will give the elderly and disabled chances they wouldn’t otherwise have.” – Mitch Yeomans

Their goal: to be able to take people with mobility challenges on bike rides.

To achieve that, Yeoman’s team, which includes Joshua Alstatt, of Kansas City, Missouri; Ayman Alsunay, of Saudi Arabia; Trey Byrne, of Eudora, Kansas; Adam Fogle, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Nick Haynes, of Lawrence, Kansas; and Devin Lynn, of Cherryvale, Kansas; allowed room for a wheelchair or bench seating behind the pedaler, and included two 8-foot-long telescoping ramps.

The creation could become a model to other communities, as the group was invited to present a session at the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, in October.

“It’s an awesome project on so many levels,” Stroud said. “What a neat thing for students to do something that, to our knowledge, hasn’t ever been done before.”

Partners in the project were Bodycoat, of Wichita; VanBecelaere, of Pittsburg; Pitt Power crowd sourcing donors; the Department of Graduate & Continuing Studies; the nation of Saudi Arabia; and Roger Lomshek, of Tailwind Cyclists.