Solar powered trikes deliver food to local businesses without the emissions

The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses. READ MORE…

E-bike kit is controlled by cyclists’ heartbeat

Every now and then, a company tries to re-invent the wheel. It’s now common to see bikes equipped with electronic assistance, or add-ons such as the The Copenhagen Wheel that turn any bike into an e-bike. Many use the technology to help them climb hills that they’re not fit enough to do with simple pedalling. However, this assistance does take away some agency from the rider. Falco e-motors has now created a e-bike kit for any bike that responds to the user’s heartrate and delivers personalized assistance. READ MORE…

Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock

Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. READ MORE…

At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception

For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…

Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…

Journey tracking app will use cyclist data to make cities safer for bikes

Most cities were never designed to cater for the huge numbers of bikes seen on their roads every day, and as the number of cyclists grows, so do the fatality statistics thanks to limited investment in safe cycle paths. While Berlin already crowdsources bikers’ favorite cycle routes and maps them through the Dynamic Connectionsplatform, a new app called WeCycle lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners. READ MORE…

This self-locking bike is impossible to steal

Possibly the biggest problem with cycling uptake among city dwellers is the prospect of spending a fortune on a bike, only to have it stolen while it’s locked up outdoors. The Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project recently came up with two designs —Merge and Denny — that incorporated locks into the bikes themselves. But now the YERKA Project has designed a two-wheeler whose frame functions as a lock, requiring thieves to saw the frame — rendering the entire bike useless — if they want to steal it. READ MORE…

Merge could be the ultimate bike for NY commuters

More and more people are considering taking their bike to work, whether it’s due to concern over their car’s impact on the environment, a need to save money, or to simply keep fit. To cater for this influx of commuting cyclists, we’ve already seenParker Dusseau create a business suit that keeps riders sweat free on their way to the office. Now design studio Pensa has developed Merge, which comes with an array of features that make it perfect for big city cycling. READ MORE…

Bike can be adjusted to the perfect fit and style

In the past, we’ve written about Spain’s Orbea Grow, a kids’ bike with an adjustable frame that caters to growth spurts. However, one reason adults avoid riding a bike is because frame size options for grownups are fairly limited and finding one with the perfect comfort level is a difficult task. Aiming to change this, the Brooklyness Universal Bike lets owners tweak the frame to their body size and shape, as well as whatever riding style they want. READ MORE…

For one super-rich couple, tour takes in 12 global cities by e-bike

In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000. READ MORE…

This simple tool repairs flat bike tires in 60 seconds

Punctures are the bane of cyclists’ existence, not least because they seem to happen at the most inopportune moments and require getting your hands dirty to fix. While New York’s Bikestock equipment vending machines have aimed to make available 24 hours a day the tools riders need to fix their bikes, a new device called patchnride is a portable device that permanently fixes any puncture with one easy maneuver. READ MORE…

Radar sensor for cyclists keeps tabs on dangerous traffic from behind

Cyclists are always advised to keep a clear distance from motorized traffic whenever they can to reduce the chances of collision, but it’s difficult to know when cars from behind are in danger of coming too close. While Japan’s Safety Sight app already warns drivers if they’re heading too quickly towards another vehicle, a new device called Backtracker now aims to save cyclists’ lives by letting them know of dangerous traffic coming from behind. READ MORE…

Paris extends its bikeshare program to kids

City-wide bikeshare programs may encourage more adults to cycle, but most people really learn the joys of riding when they’re young. However, the rate at which children grow means that it can be an expensive pursuit for parents when their kids are suddenly too big for their frame. In Spain, we’ve seen the Orbea Grow bike come with an extending frame to cater to growth spurts, but now France is aiming to make cycling for kids more affordable with P’tit Vélib, which opens up Paris’ Vélib scheme to younger residents. 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…

RFID-enabled public bike locks could put an end to bike theft

One reason why many bike owners don’t cycle to work is the concern that after they’ve locked it up outside, it may not be there when they get back. While new technology such as Lock8 has offered keyless locking before, PubLock is a scheme that aims to place extra heavy duty locks in public locations, which can be used by any cyclist through contactless cards. READ MORE…