US 20030148704 A1
A child's toy caddy for use with a conveyance such as a bicycle, tricycle, or scooter, has a pair of handles permitting drop-on attachment to the handlebars of the conveyance, so that a child's toy such as a doll, teddy bear, raptor or like favoured toy can be strapped into the seat of the caddy, and safely transported by the child while at play with the conveyance. The caddy includes a safety harness with safety belt and shoulder strap, enabling a child to secure its toy to the caddy, with safe transportation for both toy and child upon the conveyance. The caddy handles may be flexible so as to release from the handlebars under undue loading, and are sized to readily accommodate the brake cables of a bicycle. The caddy can be used with other environments such as a fence or seat-back
1. A child's toy caddy for the transportation of a child's toy on a wheeled conveyance, the toy caddy consisting of a seat, having a back portion and two side portions enclosing the sides and rear of the seat, and at least one handle portion extending rearwardly of the seat back portion to engage a laterally extending portion of a wheeled conveyance, to support the caddy in secured, positioned relation upon the conveyance, and enabling the transportation of said child's toy in the seat.
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 1. This invention is directed to a toy caddy for use by a child in the safe transportation of a child's toy, and in particular to a toy caddy to be used when playing on a scooter or bicycle, for mounting upon the handlebars of the scooter or bicycle.
 2. In my earlier invention, U.S. Pat. No.5,921,844, I provided a child's plaything consisting of a wheeled toy that could be trundled along by a child, the toy having a seat structure in which a soft toy such as a doll or a teddy bear could be safely strapped.
 This earlier plaything has the limitation that the active utilization of the seat and associated toy is dependent upon use with the trundle plaything with which the seat is combined, and with the child being prepared to trundle the toy along.
 The present invention provides a toy caddy for use with a conveyance such as a bicycle, tricycle, or scooter, the caddy having a pair of handles permitting drop-on attachment to the handlebars of the conveyance, so that a child's toy such as a doll, teddy bear, raptor or like favoured toy can be strapped into the seat of the caddy, and safely transported by the child while at play with the conveyance.
 The toy caddy also teaches safety principles in that it includes a safety harness consisting of a safety belt and a shoulder strap, by means of which a child can secure its toy into the toy caddy, for transportation upon a conveyance with safety for both the toy and for the child.
 The handles of the caddy may be made with a degree of flexibility such that the imposition of an undue load, such as a child attempting to sit upon the caddy, will result in release of the caddy from off the supporting handlebars.
 The handles of the caddy are sized to readily accommodate the brake cables of a bicycle.
 The toy caddy may also be mounted upon a structure such as a fence, and in some instances, upon the back of a car seat. In embodiments having laterally flexible handle portions, the lateral flexibility may greatly facilitate such usage with a car seat.
 It is contemplated that two such handles may be curved together, to provide a single attachment point.
 Certain embodiments of the invention are described by way of illustration, without limitation thereto other than as set forth in the accompanying claims, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 a perspective view of a toy caddy in accordance with the present invention, mounted upon the handlebars of a scooter;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation of another embodiment of the subject toy caddy, mounted upon the handlebars of a bicycle; and,
FIG. 3 is a front perspective view from above of the FIG. 2 caddy embodiment.
 Referring to FIG. 1, the toy caddy 10, is shown mounted upon the handlebars 11 of a scooter 13, of which only the front portion is shown.
 The toy caddy consists of a seat portion 12, having sides 14 and a back 16.
 A pommel 18 projects upwardly from the front-center of the seat portion 12.
 Curved handle portions 19, illustrated with a deep, thin section, support the caddy 10.
 Safety straps 22 secured to one side 14 of the caddy have hooked pads 24 of the Velcro (™) type at their ends. Felt pads 26 located on the other side 14 of the caddy receive the pads 24 in detachably secured relation therewith, so that the safety straps 22 form a lap strap and a shoulder strap respectively for a toy (not shown) when seated in the caddy.
 In the FIGS. 2 and 3 embodiment, a bifurcated mounting boss 30 depends beneath the seat portion 12 of the caddy 10′, by way of a tapered flange 32.
 In FIG. 3 the boss 30 is shown having a series of spline teeth 34 about the inner surface thereof, enabling its use with a splined shaft, as shown in my above referenced patent.
 In FIG. 2, the toy caddy 10′ is mounted upon the handlebars 35 of a bicycle 37, of which bicycle 37 only a portion is shown. The near handlebar has been “cut away”, in order to better show the subject toy caddy 10′ in relation to the brake cables 38.
 In case of use of the toy caddy 10′ with a plain shaft or rod, such as a broomstick, the spline teeth 34 assist in stabilizing the caddy 10 upon such a supporting shaft, the bifurcation of the boss 30 providing a degree of resilience thereto.
 The rearward taper of the flange 32 serves to orient the seat portion 12 in a substantially horizontal position when the supporting shaft is similarly inclined.
 The boss 30 does not normally foul the structure of its conveyance.
 It will be understood that the lateral stiffness of the caddy handle portions 19 will depend upon the type of plastic used, and upon the thickness of the handle section.
 Alternative forms of handle other than substantially planar are contemplated.