Q. In the front, near the crutch/cane cups, there's a metal bar with a piece of wood in it, taped together. What's that for?
A. Anne, thanks for sending in a picture of the piece you're asking about. That mystery part is just a placeholder to protected the metal piece it's sitting in from damage during shipping. If you bought a basket, remove the piece and your basket edge will fit in that metal ridge.
Here's a link to the instrucctions that come with the basket: