VELO : INNOVATIONS
A l'initiative de la ville de Bordeaux, l'une des grandes métropoles cyclables européennes, les Bordelais étaient invités il y a 1 an à participer à la conception d'un "vélo urbain idéal" sur le site de consultation jeparticipe.bordeaux.fr . Avec l'aide de plusieurs centaines de contributions, Philippe Starck a dessiné le "Pibal", un vélo-patinette au concept inédit dont le premier prototype a été présenté officiellement le 19 février 2013 dans les salons de l'Hôtel de ville. Installé pendant une dizaine de jours dans la cour de l'Hôtel de ville, ce prototype entamera ensuite un périple dans Bordeaux. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Photo via Gizmag Bike-powered washing machines aren't a new idea; however, at least one big appliance company is backing up the idea. Haier, an large electronics company out of China, showed off a human-powered washing machine concept at IFA 2010. It's fairly simple -- an exercise bike collects energy as the person pedals, and the charging battery then powers the washing machine. Supposedly 20 minutes of work is enough to wash one load of clothes on cold cycle.
Fair Companies /Video screen capture We TreeHuggers love tiny houses and we love electric bikes . So a project that combines the two is almost irresistible.
© Alex Fernandez Camps In order for a product to be sustainable, it needs to last; both technically and emotionally. Alex Fernandez Camps , a Barcelona-based industrial designer, decided to come up with a good quality kids' bike that is easy to ride and grows in size. Orbea , the Spanish bicycle manufacturer that believes that kids love vehicles more than toys, just launched GROW bikes in Spain. © Orbea
Initiatives promoting electric bicycles feature regularly on the Springwise virtual pages, as do ideas to help the modern day cyclist transport their belongings easily . Now Colorado-based Ridekick have combined the two with an electric trailer that gives cyclists a boost from behind, with storage space for bags or shopping. In their own words, Colorado-based Ridekick are on a mission to provide an “affordable, quality, fun and “green” alternative to our dependency on gasoline-powered transportation for short trips.” The electric trailer is designed to attach to the rear wheel of almost any bicycle in 15 seconds and is controlled by a throttle that hooks on to the handlebars.
Design , Technik Zunächst eroberte das Auto die Straßen. Doch nach der Ölkrise der 1970er Jahre und mit zunehmender Entwicklung eines ökologischen Bewusstseins wurde das Fahrrad in Städten wieder interessant. Aktuell haben Großstädte die Herausforderung zu bewältigen, innovative und vor allem emissionsfreie Lösungen für den Stadtverkehr zu entwickeln. Weil Fahrräder in der Stadt auf Kurzstrecken immer schneller sind als Autos und auch in Umweltzonen und Fußgängerzonen fahren dürfen, wird der Liefertransport mit Lastenrädern in Städten immer wichtiger. 2009 gab der Berliner Kurierdienst messenger den Impuls für die Entwicklung des .
Metro LLC /Screen capture Washington D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare started small in 2010, and with little fanfare. It wasn't as large as Paris' Vélib bike share system, or as immediately popular as Barcelona's Bici . It didn't have especially bells-and-whistles bikes like Denver's B-cycle program, nor was it as comprehensive as the Chinese city of Hangzhou's bike sharing scheme.
© Tamasine Osher Design Like garden sheds for architects, bicycle storage racks appear to be the new entry drug for designers; They are not too big and complex, and certainly are getting a lot of airplay these days. They serve such a useful function in smaller urban apartments, where one can't leave the bike on the street, but you don't want it taking up too much floor space inside.
Date de publication : 13/01/2012 Format : Vu sur le web 2012 a été déclarée année de l’énergie par l’ONU, mais pourrait-il que ce soit aussi l’année du cyclisme et du vélo ?
Un Chinois a eu l’idée brillante de superposer plus d’un millier de vélos entre eux pour obtenir un résultat éblouissant. L’œuvre, au graphisme percutant, a été exposé en Taïwan, au Musée "Taipei Fine Arts Museum". Le "Taipei Fine Arts Museum", un musée de Taïwan , accueille actuellement une œuvre originale intitulée "Forever Bicycles", déclare Fast Compagny .
Velo-City: Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia: Toronto architect Chris Hardwicke's proposal for a separated elevated bike highway system for Toronto, map here Over on Slate, Tom Vanderbilt of Traffic fame asks the question Should cities build specialized roadways for cyclists? It is a discussion of the merits of separated bicycle lanes, (discussed recently in Are Dedicated Cycling Lanes Better For Cyclists? Or Should We Share The Road? )
I learned the hard way recently about a terrific website that promotes "Copenhagenizing," noting that "Each and every day 500,000 people ride their bicycle to work or school in Copenhagen." Whereas in North America we are, as one writer puts it , "fighting for infrastructure a few hundred metres at a time", Copenhagenizing tells us that they are now installing "bicycle superhighways" stretching far into the suburbs. What does it take to be a bicycle superhighway?
Ramboll /Screen capture If you want to find an unassuming place where bicycling is a way of life and nobody makes a big deal about it, head south. The south of Sweden, that is, where the small university town of Lund has a big bicycle habit. They just don't advertise it.
DRMUX /Video screen capture Here at TreeHugger, we don't just love riding bicycles , we love talking about them, writing about them, and touting them as a healthier mode of travel for commuters and the planet, too. But perhaps one use for bikes that we never really stopped to consider was bike as a musical instrument -- and if there's anyone to prove it can be done, it's famed experimental rocker Frank Zappa. In this 1963 clip from the Steve Allen Show , a young Zappa demonstrates the range of sounds that can be produced from the world's most efficient transportation machine. (Music begins in the third clip.) Sure, the word 'music' may be generously applied to the sounds Frank Zappa is producing in the video above, but it's not such a departure from the avante garde stylings of the day -- and it's definitely a great example of the creative repurposing of a bicycle.
© Jaymi Heimbuch We've written about the Solowheel in the past, but it is here at CES and I was glad to take a look in person. (Okay, so really I was just trying to get through the hall to an interview, saw someone zipping around unnaturally fast in a booth and had an "oh shiny!" moment.