The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people. Devotees of the national obsession have taken the next logical step by launching what is likely the first bicycle school bus.
Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in Dutch) is powered entirely by children and the one adult driver (although there is an electric motor for tough hills). Its simple design has eight sets of pedals for the kids (ages 4 to 12), a driver seat for the adult, and three bench seats for freeloaders. The top speed is about 10 miles per hour, and features a sound system and canvas awning to ward off rainy days....
Aha, we recognize this pedal-powered school bus as a tandem!
Since the Netherlands has no school buses, I had to cycle ten miles to school and ten miles back for six years in a row. There was blind boy in our neighbourhood who made this cycle trip too each day, as a stoker on a tandem, with others taking turns as the captain.
That was fun. Sometimes. Except that that boy had that big handicap. He was a thoroughly spoiled brat with a nasty character.