By and large, the bicycle hasn’t undergone major structural overhauls since Germany’s Karl Von Drais slapped two wheels, a seat, and a handlebar together in 1817.
Until now — meet the YikeBike.
If the Segway and the unicycle met, tossed back a few shooters and spun their wheels until one of them got knocked up, Yikes would be their offspring.
Invented by Grant Ryan of New Zealand, this two-wheeled, electrically powered individual transport platform:
— weighs in at 20 pounds
— reaches a top speed of 14 mph
— has a range of six miles
— is equipped with anti-skid brakes
— fits into the trunk of your car
“What we have done is take a fresh approach to cycle design to give people freedom to commute easily and quickly in crowded urban environments with a minimal carbon footprint,” Ryan told Simple Green Choices in 2009.
Is this electric bike — or any motorized conveyance, for that matter — more eco-friendly than a bicycle powered by sweat and brawn? Obviously not, but it is certainly greener than a car.
One major drawback is its wallet-gutting $3,600 price tag.
Whaddya think? Do you know anyone who would drop three and a half large for the no-pedal bike of tomorrow?
From our friends at TakePart.com, who cover the culture and lifestyle of change.
[Images by YikeBike]