Major Department

Industrial Engineering


College of Engineering


BSE (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2017

Honors Major Advisor

Geb W. Thomas

Thesis Mentor

Geb W. Thomas


Roughly 50,000 people are injured in bicycle collisions with motor vehicles each year, approximately 6,000 of these injuries involve children less than 14 years old. To better understand which factors put bicycling children at risk for motor vehicle collisions, researchers at the University of Iowa built a virtual environment that simulates the experience of riding through a town and crossing roads with motor vehicles traffic. The stationary bicycle, the focus of this report, replicates the pedal forces experienced by a rider. The stationary bike also provides the simulator with the bicycle’s velocity and steering angle. This report describes the design of the system, which features a flywheel designed to represent the rider and bike inertia, the mechanical linkages between the rider and an electric motor, and a system to measure steering angles. The bicycle has been built and tested and is currently in use in the virtual environment.


virtual reality, hank simulator, bicycle

Total Pages

30 pages


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