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Old 05-24-16, 06:27 AM   #1
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Here's an idea ... :)

Bicycle car ...

[video]https://www.facebook.com/artifyy360/videos/1095765183819676/[/video]
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Every now and then I go look at this site: Organic Transit | Exercise Your Power! ELF Solar Pedal Power

They're made in the next town over from me, and I sometimes think they would be a nice rainy day vehicle or a good way to travel between nearby towns or a way to take the dog with me locally. Not quite as car-like as the your link, though.
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Honestly, if a town was designed with those being the basis of commuting, I would be all-in. But the infrastructure would have to be set up to support them while optimizing safety (AKA not allowing other motorists). I'd love it.

Sometimes I dream about a town designed to be traversed solely by human-powered means. Park your car outside of the "city" and ride your bike home, etc...it would be great.

If you build it, they will come.
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Sometimes I dream about a town designed to be traversed solely by human-powered means. Park your car outside of the "city" and ride your bike home, etc...it would be great.
Zermatt.
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Zermatt.
Seems cold there. Would definitely need a temperature-regulated, UV-controlled transparent bubble...with underground irrigation system.
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saw this a few weeks ago, I'd love to get one here in the US, what a killer commuter!
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Seems cold there. Would definitely need a temperature-regulated, UV-controlled transparent bubble...with underground irrigation system.
Cold ... where?
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PodRide ... the bicycle car in the video ... was created in Sweden.

PodRide blurs the line between bike and car


Zermatt is a town in Switzerland where cars are not allowed. There's a parking lot outside of town where you park your car, if you drive, and catch an electric bus or walk. And there's a good train service to Zermatt which is the method of transportation we used to get there.
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Every now and then I go look at this site: Organic Transit | Exercise Your Power! ELF Solar Pedal Power

They're made in the next town over from me, and I sometimes think they would be a nice rainy day vehicle or a good way to travel between nearby towns or a way to take the dog with me locally. Not quite as car-like as the your link, though.
I've seen a few of the ELF's around town, and almost ran head-on into one on a corner on the American Tobacco Trail. Not sure I'd want to be slogging up our hills on one. The price is a bit off-putting as well.
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I've seen a few of the ELF's around town, and almost ran head-on into one on a corner on the American Tobacco Trail. Not sure I'd want to be slogging up our hills on one. The price is a bit off-putting as well.
Yeah. Price is an issue, especially since I get around pretty good now. It's a high price tag to haul my dog somewhere a few times a year or go see a show in Durham or Carrboro once in a while, which is largely what I'd want to do.

Hills, though, should not be an issue. That's what the electric assist is for.
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The price is a bit off-putting as well.
Especially since it's a kit
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Sometimes I dream about a town designed to be traversed solely by human-powered means. Park your car outside of the "city" and ride your bike home, etc...it would be great.
Zermatt, as I mentioned, and this place:

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Bikes are a lot like moustraps. Lots of people try to improve on them, but they're pretty simple and effective already.

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I'm not going unless I can ride my bike from my house.
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I think you would make the local newspapers if they ever saw you riding one of those! The problem with this are many.

1. You disappear once you get along side of a car.

2. Theft and vandalism are huge issues.

3. No real place to park and don't think a Kryptonite chain is the answer.

4. Can't really lane split the cars which means you'll have to wait behind a long line at the lights except you'll be near the muffler.
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I think you would make the local newspapers if they ever saw you riding one of those! The problem with this are many.

1. You disappear once you get along side of a car.

2. Theft and vandalism are huge issues.

3. No real place to park and don't think a Kryptonite chain is the answer.

4. Can't really lane split the cars which means you'll have to wait behind a long line at the lights except you'll be near the muffler.
All excellent points.. dogged these types of vehicles for years.. I loved this one back in the day.. but same problems as above.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5N937V8ZOw
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PodRide ... the bicycle car in the video ... was created in Sweden.

PodRide blurs the line between bike and car

IMO it is good to see people coming up with ideas and solutions.


This might not work in all circumstances, but it might work in some ... and others might be able to build and expand on the idea to work in more situations.
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We had a thread about similar vehicles several years ago. They were made n the USA.
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We had a thread about similar vehicles several years ago. They were made n the USA.
Do you have a link to that thread?
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