Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gocycle = Easier Transit Commutes

Indirectly related to public transportation, Gocycle is launching in the UK. Their lightweight electric bike is targeting would-be bike commuters who are put off by the thought of turning up to work with the smell of the morning ride baked into their clothing. It also folds up easily, so if you are riding it to the "L"/subway/trolley station, you can pack it into the bag and get on without any hassle from transit employees.

I remember seeing bike riders in the afternoon commute in Chicago's "L" stations being told: "Don't even think about bringing that bike on here." Let's hope this catches fire in the UK & also here in the states as more public transportation is encouraged.

From Springwise:

Designed by former F1 design engineer Richard Thorpe, using an injection-molded, lightweight magnesium alloy that's stronger than plastic, at a fraction of the price of carbon fiber. The bike’s chain is completely encased—so no grease on trousers—and side-mounted wheels allow a flat to be changed in a matter of minutes. Gocycle also disassembles into a soft bag or white hard case for portability and easy storage in small apartments.

For a bike of its size and weight, Gocycle’s most innovative feature is the micro-sized electric motor in its front wheel hub, which switches on with the push of a button. An in-frame battery pack holds 20 minutes worth of power; more than enough to help cyclists up a hill without breaking into a sweat.

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