More people ride bikes the more that bike lanes multiply in cities, from New York to São Paulo. Over the past ten years, bike commuting in the U.S. has grown 62%. But it’s still a tiny fraction of overall transportation.
An MIT SENSEable City Lab team has developed technology called the “Copenhagen Wheel” that turns regular bikes into electric, connected bikes that are loaded with sensors and transmit a wealth of data.
Many urban cites don’t have enough street space for setting up proper bike storage infrastructure. The problem of overcrowding and illegal parking can cause potential hazards for emergency situations and general pedestrian navigation. In Japan, an earthquake-resistant underground bike parking system has been developed by Giken to help resolve the issue, approaching the situation through their design concept, which is based on culture above ground, and function underground. (Pics)
Here is a vehicle for all couch potatoes out there: the Couch Bike
Some cars can be made without wheels, tracks or skis (and still get places just fine, thank you), others may not even require an engine, while some vehicles are so strange that can hardly be called “cars” anymore. On top of all that, some car designers must have something against drivers, judging by profoundly befuddling and non-user-friendly setups they come up with. In most cases, though, these experimental machines do get around quite well (sometimes even more efficiently than traditional vehicles), and almost certainly turn into prized collection items. (Photos)
Young people are also making more use of transit, bikes, and foot power to get around.
“Unfortunately for car companies, today’s teens and twenty-somethings don’t seem all that interested in buying a set of wheels. They’re not even particularly keen on driving, ” Jordan Weissmann noted at TheAtlantic.com a couple weeks back.
Honda Hybrid hits pedestrians
Hybrid vehicles, which creep along almost silently at low speeds on electric power, are more likely to hit pedestrians or bicycles than regular cars, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds.
Motorcycle sidecars have been given an entirely new definition by Francois Knorreck, and one that is quite literal. While most of the world thinks of sidecars as the retro attachments to bikes, Francois created a sidecar that is actually a car, on the side. But it’s easier said than done, it took the man 10 years and nearly 15,000 Euros to complete his work – the Snaefell.
Electric bikes normally don’t come in great outfits. But then there isn’t anything that comes as a better alternative to commute in the increasing economic depression.
Bulldog Interactive Fitness
A gym that uses video games to get kids moving? Bulldog Interactive Fitness has found a solution that gets kids off your couch at home, without actually taking away their number one obsession; video gaming. It’s a common problem many parents face; there are so many products on the market for children that keep them entranced by their computers or favorite gaming systems. While this on its own isn’t a problem, it is when the child isn’t finding balance that also keeps them physically active.
In the big book of ideas that sound better than they probably are, you will find the Rocketshield canopy for sportbikes.
Cargo Bikes for Green Delivery
It’s a fact of life in the business world that companies in urban areas tend to require frequent, small deliveries of merchandise and other goods from the city outskirts and beyond. That’s a recipe for inefficiency, traffic congestion and pollution, as so many delivery trucks make their way in and out of town with partial loads again and again. French La Petite Reine has come up with an alternative, greener approach to business deliveries by using truck-sized cargo bikes instead.