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Latvian taxis to offer a dedicated service for cyclists
When most cities attempt to encourage more of their population to take up cycling, they tend not to begin by improving the quality of their car services. That, however, is exactly what Latvian’s Baltic Taxi is doing. READ MORE…
Small clip aims to revolutionize the bike rack
Frequent cyclists will be all too familiar with the mess bicycles can make on the walls of their home. Think black smudge marks and dirt from wheels and handlebars. Bike racks, however, are often large and unsightly, leaving riders with little alternative. Looking to change all of that however, Clug is a near-invisible clip which can discreetly mount bicycles both vertically and horizontally. READ MORE…

Gothenburg offers free bikes for six months to get local population cycling
For all the efforts of bike to work schemes and cycle lanes, it still remains a significant challenge to encourage those who have never biked to ditch their cars. Identifying that much of the problem comes from a reluctance to break an established way of life, alongside a belief that bikes are impractical for certain tasks, the city of Gothenburg in Sweden has launched project Testcyklisterna — offering residents free bikes which they can own for half a year. READ MORE…
This bike lock alerts emergency services if you have a cycling accident
In the past we’ve seen numerous efforts to bring smart technology to the world of cycling, such as Lock8‘s keyless security system that lets bike owners grant access to friends via their smartphones. Skylock is another device that offers smart locking and theft prevention, but with the added extra of detecting crashes and calling for help if it’s serious. READ MORE…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Bike light deters dangerous activity behind cyclists
Cyclists often have to deal with poorly planned cycle lanes, dangerous traffic hotspots and even angry motorists, and many have taken to filming their journeys as a way to provide footage in the event of an incident. While products such as the Helmet of Justice have already combined cameras with existing bike equipment, the Fly6 is a rear light with an embedded HD camera that aims to discourage bad behavior on the part of motorists by warning them that they’re being filmed. READ MORE…
3-storey tricycle is a roving kitchen, restaurant and bar
Food trucks have been a common sight in cities since the 19th century, but the rising rates of traffic congestion mean that they’re not very efficient at remaining on the move if the market demands it. In the past we’ve seen Velopresso deliver eco, pedal-powered coffee to the streets of London, and now Vietnamese bar Ta đi Ôtô is aiming to go one better by fitting an entire restaurant — kitchen included — onto a roving mobile structure steered by tricycle. READ MORE…
Bike-to-work suit keeps commuters stylish and sweat-free
While some commuters may actively enjoy the morning routine of donning their cycling gear and changing once at the office, others find it time consuming and feel uncomfortable in cleats and lycra. Helping bike riders to maintain a sense of style while they cycle, Parker Dusseau has created a smart men’s suit that offers features typically found in sportswear. READ MORE…
Bicycle helmet folds flat and fits into a laptop case
Encouraging the increasing number of cyclists on city roads to wear a helmet is a difficult task — some believe they’re not necessary while others find them uncomfortable and bulky to carry around. Hoping to tackle the last of those issues, Morpher is a piece of bike equipment that provides the protection of a standard helmet while also being collapsible for easy storage. READ MORE…
Bike configured for automatic gear shifting
Manufacturers are always trying to improve the design of bikes, but rarely make efforts to change the traditional structure of the devices – aside from startups such as Loopwheels, for example. Autobike is another innovative company that hopes to bring automatic gear shifting to two-wheel transport. READ MORE…
Spokeless wheels bring full suspension to foldable bikes
Foldable bicycles may bring unsurpassed convenience to the pedal-powered commuting world, but with their attractive flexibility can sometimes come a price in comfort. Integral suspension systems are often sacrificed for that foldable convenience, but the Loopwheels – a spokeless wheel from UK-based Jelly Products – aims to offer a more comfortable ride. READ MORE…
Multiple features make the ‘Safest Bike on the Road’
One thing that can discourage urban travelers from getting on their bike is the perceived danger posed by other traffic. While the Kilo Glow from Pure Fix Cycles has already offered a glow-in-the-dark model, the self-proclaimed Safest Bike on the Road includes a reflective coating along with working brake lights and other safety features. READ MORE…
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Glow-in-the-dark bike offers greater night-time safety
We’ve already seen efforts to make cycling in the dark a safer activity with Revolights LED system for illuminating the wheels of bikes. Aiming to make riders even more conspicuous on the road, the Kilo Glow model from Pure Fix Cycles features a glow-in-the-dark frame. READ MORE…
Cardboard bicycle can be built for less than $15
It was a little over a month ago that Dutch stroller manufacturer Joolz began giving its cardboard packaging a new lease of life as chairs and lamps, and now Israeli entrepreneur Izhar Gafni has demonstrated just how versatile the material can be. In fact, Gafni has built a working bicycle entirely out of recycled cardboard for a production cost of less than USD 15. READ MORE…