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Title:
RETRACTABLE FOOT REST OF VEHICLE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/001853
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A foot rest (200) of a vehicle is disclosed. The foot rest (200) comprises a base member (202) having a first arm (204) and a second arm (206), a foot rest member (220), and a first resilient member (230) engaged with each of the base member (202) and the foot rest member (220). The first resilient member (230) biases the body portion (222) against the base member (202). The foot rest member (220) comprises an open slot (236) and a slanted profile portion (238). The foot rest (200) also comprises a retraction mechanism (300) comprising a locking pin (302) coupled to the base member (202), the locking pin (302) being movable between a first position and a second position. The locking pin (302) configured with a tapered surface (306), a second resilient member (304) configured to apply biasing force on the locking pin (302) towards the second position.

Inventors:
JIT, Vikram (IN)
CHAWLA, Sandeep (IN)
Application Number:
IN2020/050578
Publication Date:
January 07, 2021
Filing Date:
July 02, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HERO MOTOCORP LIMITED (IN)
International Classes:
B62J25/06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SRIHARI, Saragur, Kasturirangan et al. (IN)
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Claims:
The claim:

1. A foot rest (200) of a vehicle (100), the foot rest (200) comprising: a base member (202) adapted to be coupled to a body frame ( 118) of the vehicle (100), the base member (202) comprises a first arm (204) and a second arm (206); a foot rest member (220) operatively coupled to the base member (202) and configured to be pivotally movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the foot rest member (220) comprises: a body portion (222) having a first end portion (224) and a second end portion (240), wherein the first end portion (224) is pivotally coupled to the first arm (204) of the base member (202); and a catch portion (232) configured with the body portion (222) having an open slot (236), wherein the open slot (236) comprises a slanted profile portion (238); a first resilient member (230) disposed between the base member (202) and the foot rest member (220); and a retraction mechanism (300) comprising: a locking pin (302) coupled to the second arm (206) of the base member (202), the locking pin (302) being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the locking pin (302) configured with a tapered surface (306); and a second resilient member (304) configured to apply biasing force on the locking pin (302) to keep the foot rest member (220) in the open position; wherein the catch portion (232) engages with the locking pin (302) in the closed position of the foot rest member (220). 2. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 1, wherein the locking pin (302) makes a first contact with the tapered surface (306) through the slant profile portion (238) when an external force applied on the body portion (222) and in closed position of the foot rest member (220), the tapered surface (306) is adaptively locked inside the catch portion (232).

3. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 2, wherein the locking pin (302) makes contact with at least one point of the slant profile portion (238), the slant profile portion (238) moves the locking pin (302) to the first position from the second position.

4. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 1, wherein the catch portion (232) disengages the foot rest member (220) with the locking pin (302) in the open position, as the locking pin (302) moves to the second position from the first position.

5. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 4, wherein the catch portion (232) disengages the foot rest member (220) in the open position, wherein an external force applied in the downward direction to the locking pin (302) whereby the tapered surface (306) moves down from the catch portion (232)) to move the foot rest member (220) from the closed position to the open position.

6. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 5, wherein the catch portion (232) further comprises a groove portion (802).

7. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 6, wherein the groove portion (802) configured with a variable curvature.

8. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 6, wherein the groove portion (802) is substantially circular in shape to accommodate the tapered surface (306) of the locking pin (302) to adaptively lock the foot rest member (220) in the removable locking manner in the second position of the locking pin (302).

9. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 5, wherein the groove portion (802) runs along the length of the open slot portion (236).

10. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 1, wherein the catch portion (232) is an extended arm integrally formed on the body portion (222). 11. The foot rest (200) as claimed in the claim 1 , wherein the catch portion (232) is a depression portion integrally formed inside of the body portion (222).

12. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first arm (204) includes set of parallel first arm members (204a, 204b) and the second arm (206) includes set of parallel second arm members (206a, 206b), wherein the foot rest member

(220) is pivotally coupled between the set of parallel first arm members (204a, 204b), wherein locking pin (302) being movable between the first position and the second position between the set of parallel second arm members (206a, 206b).

13. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 1, wherein the locking pin (302) includes a first pin (302a) and a second pin (302b).

14. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 13, wherein the first pin (302a) of the locking pin (302) is configured with the tapered surface (306).

15. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claims 12 and 13, wherein the second resilient member (304) encloses the second pin (302b) and is disposed in between the first pin (302) and one of set of parallel second arm members (206a, 206b) of the second arm (206).

16. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 1, wherein the slanted profile portion (238) is provided with a wedge shaped profile.

17. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 1, wherein the open slot (236) provided on a lateral surface (804) of the body portion (222) in a plane view.

18. The foot rest (200) as claimed in claim 1, wherein the open slot (236) runs along a width direction of the catch portion (232).

Description:
RETRACTABLE FOOT REST OF VEHICLE

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to two wheeled vehicles and, more particularly, to a foot rest of a two wheeled vehicle.

BACKGROUND

[0002] A vehicle, particularly vehicle configured to be ridden such as motorized scooter, motorcycle, three-wheeled vehicle, and four-wheeled vehicle such as all- terrain vehicle, comprises a variety of internal and external components. The internal components include a power unit, such as an internal combustion engine, transmission system etc., whereas the external components include a front cover, handle cover, seat, foot rest, handle grip, body cover, floor panel, number plate. [0003] The foot rest of the vehicle is mounted on the frame of the vehicle and is adapted to move between a closed and an open position thereof. Usually, the foot rest is pivotally mounted so that it can move pivotally between its closed and open position. When the seat of the vehicle is occupied by a passenger, the foot rest provides a platform for the passenger to rest his or her foot. In addition, the foot rest also aids in assisting the passenger to climb onto the seat of the vehicle. For utilizing the foot rest for resting the foot or while climbing the seat of the vehicle, the foot rest is required to be in an open portion thereof. However, when the foot rest is not being utilized, it is preferred that the foot rest is in its closed position.

[0004] In the current scenario, usually movement of the foot rest between its closed and open position is performed by the users of the vehicle by manually holding and moving the foot rest. Owing to the position of the foot rest, which is often just above ground surface, it becomes cumbersome to close and open the footrest as it requires users to reach to the level of the foot rest. In addition to this, owing to the frequency with which opening and closing of the foot rest may be required, activity of manually holding and moving the foot rest may be quite an inconvenience for the users of the vehicle.

[0005] Over the years, automatic or semi-automatic foot rest assemblies have also been developed. The automatic and semi-automatic foot rest assemblies intend to make operation of the foot rest, i.e., movement between open and closed position, convenient, by providing a system that causes movement of the foot rest between closed and open position just by a click of a button. However, such automatic and semi-automatic foot rest assemblies tend to utilize a complex mechanism having multiple movable and immovable parts, which makes such automatic and semi automatic foot rest assemblies rather difficult to maintain, repair, and install while also substantially increasing cost associated with the foot rest.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

[0007] In one aspect of the invention, a foot rest of a vehicle is disclosed. The foot rest comprising: a base member adapted to be coupled to a body frame of the vehicle, the base member comprises a first arm and a second arm; a foot rest member operatively coupled to the base member and configured to be pivotally movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the foot rest member comprises: a body portion having a first end portion and a second end portion , wherein the first end portion is pivotally coupled to the first arm of the base member; and a catch portion configured with the body portion having an open slot, wherein the open slot comprises a slanted profile portion; a first resilient member disposed between the base member and the foot rest member; and a retraction mechanism comprising: a locking pin coupled to the second arm of the base member, the locking pin being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the locking pin configured with a tapered surface; and a second resilient member configured to apply biasing force on the locking pin towards the second position; wherein the catch portion engages with the locking pin in the closed position of the foot rest member, when the locking pin moves to the first position from the second position.

[0008] In an embodiment, the locking pin makes a first contact with the tapered surface via the slant profile portion when an external force applied on the body portion and in the closed position of the foot rest member, the tapered surface is adaptively locked inside the catch portion. [0009] In an embodiment, the locking pin makes contact with at least one point of the slant profile portion, the slant profile portion moves the locking pin to the first position from the second position.

[00010] In an embodiment the catch portion disengages the foot rest member with the locking pin in the open position, when as the locking pin moves to the second position from the first position.

[00011] In an embodiment, the catch portion disengages the foot rest member in the open position, wherein an external force applied in the downward direction to the locking pin whereby the tapered surface moves down from the catch portion grooved portion to move the foot rest member from the closed position to the open position. [00012] In an embodiment, the catch portion further comprises a groove portion.

[00013] In an embodiment, the groove portion configured with a variable curvature.

[00014] In an embodiment, the groove portion is substantially circular in shape to accommodate the tapered surface of the locking pin to adaptively lock the foot rest member in the removable locking manner in the second position of the locking pin.

[00015] In an embodiment, the groove portion runs along the length of the open slot portion. [00016] In an embodiment, the catch portion is an extended arm integrally formed on the body portion.

[00017] In an embodiment, the catch portion is a depression portion integrally formed inside of the body portion. [00018] In an embodiment, the first arm includes set of parallel first arm members and the second arm includes set of parallel second arm members, wherein the foot rest member is pivotally coupled between the set of parallel first arm members, wherein locking pin being movable between the first position and the second position between the set of parallel second arm members. [00019] In an embodiment, the locking pin includes a first pin and a second pin.

[00020] In an embodiment, the first pin of the locking pin is configured with the tapered surface.

[00021] In an embodiment, the second resilient member encloses the second pin and is disposed in between the first pin and one of set of parallel second arm members of the second arm.

[00022] In an embodiment, the slanted profile portion is provided with a wedge shaped profile.

[00023] In an embodiment, the open slot provided on a lateral surface of the body portion in a plane view. [00024] In an embodiment, the open slot runs along a width direction of the catch portion.

[00025] The present invention provides the foot rest that can be conveniently moved between its closed and open position. More specifically, the present invention provides the foot rest assembly that can be conveniently from the closed position to the open position, without the need of having to bend down. [00026] The present invention provides the retraction mechanism that can be conveniently actuated, by pressing the locking pin, to move the foot rest assembly from the closed position to the open position. Further, the foot rest assembly utilizes fewer components, and is therefore easy to maintain, repair and install.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[00027] The invention itself, together with further features and attended advantages, will become apparent from consideration of the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. One or more embodiments of the present invention are now described, by way of example only wherein like reference numerals represent like elements and in which:

[00028] Figure 1 illustrates a side view of an exemplary vehicle, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00029] Figure 2 illustrates a top view of the vehicle, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00030] Figure 3 illustrates a perspective view of a foot rest of the vehicle, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00031] Figure 4 illustrates another perspective view of the foot rest of the vehicle, according to an embodiment of the present invention; [00032] Figure 5 illustrates a perspective view of the foot rest of the vehicle in an open position thereof, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00033] Figure 6 illustrates a perspective view of the foot rest of the vehicle in a closed position thereof, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00034] Figure 7 illustrates an exploded perspective view of the foot rest, according to an embodiment of the present invention; [00035] Figure 8 illustrates another perspective view of the foot rest depicting a slant profile portion, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[00036] Figure 9 illustrates a top view of a foot rest, according to another embodiment of the present invention; [00037] Figure 10 illustrates another perspective view of the foot rest depicting a slant profile portion, according to another embodiment of the present invention;

[00038] Figure 11 illustrates a side view of the foot rest depicting the slant profile portion, according to another embodiment of the present invention; and

[00039] Figure 12 illustrates an exploded perspective view of the foot rest, according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[00040] The drawings referred to in this description are not to be understood as being drawn to scale except if specifically noted, and such drawings are only exemplary in nature.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[00041] While the invention is susceptible to various modifications and alternative forms, an embodiment thereof has been shown by way of example in the drawings and will be described here below. It should be understood, however that it is not intended to limit the invention to the particular forms disclosed, but on the contrary, the invention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternative falling within the spirit and the scope of the invention.

[00042] The term“comprises”, comprising, or any other variations thereof, are intended to cover a non-exclusive inclusion, such that a setup, structure or method that comprises a list of components or steps does not include only those components or steps but may include other components or steps not expressly listed or inherent to such setup or structure or method. In other words, one or more elements in a system or apparatus proceeded by“comprises... a” does not, without more constraints, preclude the existence of other elements or additional elements in the system or apparatus. [00043] For better understanding of this invention, reference would now be made to the embodiment illustrated in the accompanying Figures and description here below, further, in the following Figures, the same reference numerals are used to identify the same components in various views.

[00044] While the present invention is illustrated in the context of a vehicle, however, a foot rest and aspects and features thereof can be used with other type of vehicles as well. The terms“vehicle”,“two-wheeled vehicle” and“motorcycle” have been interchangeably used throughout the description. The term“vehicle” comprises vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, mopeds, scooter type vehicle, all- terrain vehicles (ATV) and the like. [00045] The terms“front / forward”,“rear / rearward / back / backward”,“up / upper / top”,“down / lower / lower ward / downward, bottom”,“left / leftward”,“right / rightward” used therein represents the directions as seen from a vehicle driver sitting astride and these directions are referred by arrows Fr, Rr, U, Lr, L, R in the drawing Figures.

[00046] Referring to Figure 1, a vehicle (100) according to an embodiment of the present invention is depicted. The vehicle (100) referred to herein, embodies a motorized scooter vehicle. Alternatively, the vehicle (100) may embody any other ridden vehicle such as motorcycle, three -wheeled vehicle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) etc. without limiting the scope of the invention.

[00047] The vehicle (100) comprises a front end structure (102), a rear end structure (104), and a footboard (106). The front end structure (102) forms the front portion of the vehicle (100). The rear end structure (104) forms the rear portion of the vehicle (100). The footboard (106) lies between the front end structure (102) and the rear end structure (104). The footboard (106) provides foot rest for a rider riding the vehicle (100).

[00048] The rear end structure (104) comprises a seating area (108), a storage area (not shown), a rear suspension (not shown), a rear ground engaging member (112), and a power unit (111) (shown in Figure 2). The seating area (108) provides seating for a rider of the vehicle (100). The storage area is provided under the seating area (108). The storage area allows storage of small articles within the vehicle (100). The rear ground engaging member (112) underlies the seating area (108) and is driven by the power unit (111). The power unit (111) comprises an engine and a transmission unit. The rear suspension is disposed between the seating area (108) and the rear ground engaging member (112). The rear suspension (110) is provided to absorb shock received from road surface by the rear ground engaging member (112). Further, the rear end structure (104) may comprise additional components such as tail light/s, rear grip/s etc. without limiting the scope of the invention.

[00049] The front end structure (102) comprises a front ground engaging member

(114), and a steering mechanism (116). The front ground engaging member (114) is operatively connected to the steering mechanism (116). Further, the front end structure (102) comprises a leg shield (120) arranged ahead of the seating area (108). The leg shield (120) encloses the steering mechanism (116). The leg shield (120) provides protection for the feet of the rider of the vehicle (100). The front end structure (102) may further comprise dash assembly, mirror/s, head light/s, indicator light/s etc. without limiting the scope of the invention.

[00050] Figure 2 illustrates a top view of the vehicle (100), in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The front end structure (102) comprises the front ground engaging member (114), and the steering mechanism (116). The vehicle

(100) further includes side panels (110) connected to a body frame (118). Also connected to the body frame (118) of the vehicle (100) is a foot step.

[00051] Referring now to Figure 3, Figure 4, Figure 5, Figure 6, Figure 8, Figure 9, Figure 10 and Figure 11, two different embodiments of a foot rest (200) of the vehicle (100) are illustrated. As both the embodiments of the foot rest (200) have similar components same numbering is being used to indicate similar components, without limitations. The foot rest (200) is adapted to provide a support to legs of a user i.e., an occupant of the rear seat of the vehicle (100). Further, the foot rest (200) is adapted to provide a support to legs of the user such as a passenger of the vehicle (100). The foot rest (200) is movable between a first position and a second position thereof. In an embodiment, the first position of the foot rest (200) is when the foot rest (200) is closed (as illustrated in Figure 2), and the second position is when the foot rest (200) is open. In the open position, i.e., in the second position, the foot rest (200) provides support to legs of the user occupying the rear seat of the vehicle (100) or when the user is climbing onto the rear seat of the vehicle (100). On the other hand, when the foot rest (200) is not utilized for any of the aforementioned purposes or otherwise, the foot rest (200) is moved to the closed position, i.e., the first position.

[00052] Referring now to Figure 3, Figure 4 and Figure 9, the foot rest (200) includes a base member (202). The base member (202) is adapted to be connected to the body frame (118) of the vehicle (100). The base member (202) includes a first arm (204), and a second arm (206) opposite to the first arm (204). In an embodiment, the first arm (204), is at a predetermined angle with respect to the second arm (206). In the illustrated first embodiment of the foot rest (200), the first arm (204), is at a right angle with respect to the second arm (206).

[00053] Further as illustrated in Figure 3, Figure 4 and Figure 9, the first arm (204) includes set of parallel first arm members, namely a first arm member (204a) and a first arm member (204b). In the same manner, the second arm (206) includes set of parallel second arm members, namely a second arm member (206a) and a second arm member (206b). The first arm (204) includes a first hole (208) extending through each of the first arm member (204a) and the first arm member (204b). Further, the second arm (206) includes a second hole (210) extending through each of the second arm member (206a) and the second arm member (206b). [00054] The foot rest (200) further comprises a foot rest member (220). The foot rest member (220) is operatively coupled to the base member (202). The foot rest member (220) is operatively coupled to the base member (202) in such a manner that the foot rest member (220) configured to be pivotally movable between a closed and an open position thereof. In the present disclosure, any reference to the closed and open position of the foot rest member (220) refers to the closed and open position of the foot rest (200), and in the same manner any reference to the closed and open position of the foot rest (200) refers to the closed and open position of the foot rest member (220), without deviating from the spirit of the present disclosure. Figures 5 and Figure 9 illustrate the foot rest member (220) in the open position, whereas the Figure 6 illustrates the foot rest member (220) in the closed position thereof.

[00055] The foot rest member (220) comprises a body portion (222). The body portion (222), also referred to as an elongated body portion (222), includes a first end portion (224), and a second end portion (226) opposite to the first end portion (224), wherein the first end portion (224) is pivotally coupled to the first arm (204) of the base member (202). In an embodiment, the first end portion (224) of the body portion (222) has a set of parallel members, adapted to be positioned between the first arm member (204a) and the first arm member (204b). A pivot pin (226) is configured to couple the first end portion (224) with the first arm (204) of the base member (202).

[00056] The foot rest (200) further comprises a first resilient member (230). The first resilient member (230) is disposed between the base member (202) and the foot rest member (220). Moreover, the first resilient member (230) is adapted to be engaged with each of the base member (202) and the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220). In an embodiment, the first resilient member (230) is a torsion spring. In alternative examples, the first resilient member (230) may be any other retractable, or flexible member.

[00057] The first resilient member (230) biases the body portion (222) and the base member (202). In an embodiment, the first resilient member (230) biases the body portion (222) against the base member (202) about the pivotal connection of the body portion (222) with the first arm (204). In an embodiment, the first resilient member (230) constantly applies force on the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220) to remain in the open position. As such, any external force applied on the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220) from the open position to the closed position is against a torsion force of the first resilient member (230). Further, the external force applied has to be more than the torsion force of the first resilient member (230) to move the foot rest (200) from the open position to the closed position.

[00058] The foot rest member (220) further comprises a catch portion (232) configured with the body portion (222) having an open slot (236). The open slot (236) comprises a slanted profile portion (238) and a groove portion (802). The groove portion (802) is substantially circular in shape. In an embodiment, the groove portion (802) configured with a variable curvature. The open slot (236) runs along a width direction of the catch portion (232). The slanted profile portion (238) provided with a wedge shaped profile. In an embodiment, the open slot (236) provided on a lateral surface of the body portion (222) in a plane view (when seen from a top view).

[00059] In one aspect of the invention, referring to Figure 5, the catch portion (232) is an extended arm integrally formed on the body portion (222). The extended arm extends from the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220). The extended arm has a curved profile, and extends towards the vehicle (100). The extended arm includes an open slot (236) and a slanted profile portion (238).

[00060] In another aspect of the invention, referring to Figure 9 and Figure 10, the catch portion (232) is a depression portion integrally formed inside of the body portion (222). The depression portion is analogous to the open slot (236), in this aspect of the present invention. The depression portion comprises the slanted profile portion (238) and the groove portion (802).

[00061] Referring now to Figure 3, Figure 4, Figure 5, Figure 6 and Figure 11, the foot rest (200) further includes a retraction mechanism (300). The retraction mechanism (300) is configured to lock the foot rest member (230) in one of the open and closed position. The retraction mechanism (300) includes a locking pin (302), and a second resilient member (304). The second resilient member (304) configured to apply biasing force on the locking pin (302) to keep the foot rest member (220) in the open position. In an embodiment, the second resilient member (304) is a coiled helical spring. In another embodiment, the second resilient member (304) is any other flexible member.

[00062] The locking pin (302) includes a first pin (302a), and a second pin (302b). The first pin (302a) is movably coupled to the second pin (302b). In an embodiment, the first pin (302a) is coupled to the second pin (302b) such that the first pin (302a) is movable between a first position and a second position, with respect to the second pin

(302b). The locking pin (302) is configured with a tapered surface (306). In an embodiment, the first pin (302a) of the locking pin (302) is configured with the tapered surface (306). When the locking pin (302) configured in the first position, the foot rest member (220) remains in open position and when the locking pin pushed from the first position to the second position the foot rest member (220) remains in close position. In embodiment, the catch portion (232) engages with the locking pin (302) in the closed position of the foot rest member (220), when the locking pin (302) moves to the first position from the second position. More particularly, as the foot rest member (220) is moved against the locking pin (302), the locking pin (302) moves from the first position to the second position along the open slot (236), the slanted profile portion (238) and rests within the groove portion (802).

[00063] Figure 7 illustrates an exploded view of the foot rest (200), according to an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 12 illustrates an exploded view of the foot rest (200), in another embodiment of the invention. The first pin (302a), and the second pin (302b), and the second resilient member (304) are assembled on the second arm (206). When assembled, the second resilient member (304) applies force on the first pin (302a) to remain in the first position, or move from the second position to first position. [00064] When the foot rest (200) is moved via an external force from the open position to the closed position, the foot rest member (220) is moved from the open position towards the vehicle (100). This movement of the foot rest member (220) is against the biasing force of the first resilient member (230). With such movement of the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220), the open slot (236) and the slanted profile portion (238) reaches the first pin (302a). Subsequent movement of the body portion (222) of the foot rest member (220) causes the slanted profile portion (238) to make a contact with the locking pin (302) configured with the tapered surface (306) and in turn the locking pin (302) pushed downward to the second position, against biasing force of the second resilient member (304). As the locking pin (302) makes a first contact with the tapered surface (306) through the slant profile portion (238) when the external force applied on the body portion (222) and thereby the tapered surface (306) is adaptively locked inside the groove portion (802). In an embodiment, the locking pin (302) makes contact with at least one point of the slant profile portion (238) to move the locking pin (302) to the first position from the second position.

[00065] Further, the catch portion (232) disengages the foot rest member (220) with the locking pin (302) in the open position, when the locking pin (302) moves to the second position from the first position. In particular, the catch portion (232) disengages the foot rest member (220) in the open position when an external force applied in the downward direction to the locking pin (302) whereby the tapered surface (306) moved down from the grooved portion (802) to move the foot rest member (220) from the closed position to the open position. On the contrary, when the locking pin (302) is pushed down against the biasing force of the second resilient member (304) and the tapered surface (306) disengages from the grooved portion (802), the biasing force of the first resilient member (230) forces the foot rest member (220) to retract back to the open position. This causes the foot rest (200) to move to the open position from the closed position. [00066] In light of the foregoing, the present invention provides the foot rest (200) that can be conveniently moved between its closed and open position. More specifically, the present invention provides the foot rest (200) that can be conveniently from the closed position to the open position, without the need of having to bend down. The present invention provides the retraction mechanism (300) that can be conveniently actuated, by pressing the locking pin (302), to move the foot rest (200) from the closed position to the open position. Further, the foot rest (200) utilizes fewer components, and is therefore easy to maintain, repair and install.

[00067] While few embodiments of the present invention have been described above, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the above embodiments and modifications may be appropriately made thereto within the spirit and scope of the invention.

[00068] While considerable emphasis has been placed herein on the particular features of this invention, it will be appreciated that various modifications can be made, and that many changes can be made in the preferred embodiments without departing from the principles of the invention. These and other modifications in the nature of the invention or the preferred embodiments will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the disclosure herein, whereby it is to be distinctly understood that the foregoing descriptive matter is to be interpreted merely as illustrative of the invention and not as a limitation.