Though riding a bicycle to office during day time is a really great way to save fuel, reducing carbon footprint and staying healthy, many bicycle riders say that they feel a little unsafe in riding bicycles, especially after dark. As a solution, a Portland based company, Bike Soles, has designed a tire that lights up at night and increases visibility.
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With the rise in the number of cars on the road leading to traffic congestion and the shortage of land available for parking cars, designers are envisioning a future where urban commuters will have to leave their cars at distant parking lots and bicycle to work. For such times, a team of designers including Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno have come up with a prototype bicycle dubbed the Ford City Bike.
Industrial and automotive designers are making use of every bit of their creative skills to come up with bicycles that look a lot different than other bicycles commercially available for purchase. This is the reason we see bicycles being designed with the use of highly unconventional materials like cardboard and transparent polymer frames.
We often encourage our readers to leave their cars at home and make use of bicycles for short distance travels, such as the trips to the supermarket. Not only does this help keep you in shape, it also keeps your trips carbon-free and cheap. However, with traffic on the highways increasing with every passing day, bicycling isn’t the safest way to travel, unless there are bicycle lanes in your city.
CES 2013: The Connected Bike automatic gear-shifting system for bikes optimizes your riding performance
While riding bikes is usually not a performance-oriented way to commute for an average rider, for those who ride performance bikes and care about those extra milliseconds between gear shifts Cambridge Consultants have developed a new automatic gear shifting system. Dubbed The Connected Bike, the idea here is to save those precious milliseconds of time when a rider considers shifting a gear and actually shifts it while riding.
Smartphones have become more than a necessity in today’s world, which is so very evident from the fact that people spend hundreds of dollars just to buy the new smartphone on the market as a fashion statement to compliment their geeky style. Recognizing that smartphone manufacturers like BlackBerry have turned themselves into a trend followed by millions of users, auto designer Mikey Edenborough has come up with a concept electric bicycle for avid BlackBerry fans.
The major problem with bicycling is the fact that most of the bicycles available on the market today cannot be carried along in a bus or the subway, reducing their use as a primary mode of transportation. Solving the problems, NexGen Bicycles has come up with a prototype lightweight commuter bicycle that folds in under half a minute into a much more manageable form that can be carried on public transportation.
While auto manufacturers might be working on the next big concept car that runs on a new type of an eco friendly fuel, there is no dearth of designers who believe that the rise in the number of cars on the highways and the never ending traffic jams will make urban commuters ride on bicycles instead of driving cars. To ease things for such commuters industrial designer Aaron Kurosu along with a team of four other designers has come up with the Oncycle – an electric bike for the urban world.
The simple way to make machines and vehicles durable and robust is by reducing the number of moving components inside it. The same theory is applicable for bicycles as well, by removing the chain you can make bikes a lot simpler and durable too. The Bicymple is a concept bicycle built on the same principles. By removing the chain, the number of parts and overall complexity of the concept is significantly reduced.
Bicycling has evolved from being one of the oldest and the simplest modes of transportation to a trend, especially amount the eco lovers. Along with bicycling, bicycles too need a boost of evolution, which mostly came in the form of electric assist to help riders go uphill with relative ease. With technology evolving at an unanticipated pace, we can well imagine that bicycles of the future will be quite different than what they are today and the Velo is just what we were expecting.