Do you ever see a project and kick yourself for not thinking of it first? That’s kind of how we felt when we first saw the Bicycle Library founded by Karta Healy. Along with a few friends, he re-vamped a double decker bus and populated it with bicycles that are available for Londoners to loan. Step on in to read our brief interview with the founder and be inspired!
Sometimes not wanting to get on a bicycle is as uncomplicated as having a sore rear end from all the bumps hit along the way, but Tortola’s amazing Roundtail bicycle reduces these painful vibrations by as much as 50 times. How does it work? The shock of impacts is transferred to two hollow round tubes at the back of the bicycle, where conventionally, designers have triangles. It’s quite expensive, but who can put a price on a bruise-free bum?
We love humanitarian design, but it doesn’t get much better than a bike that helps underprivileged folk in Ghana. Mary Hark, professor at the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founder of HARK! Handmade Paper Studio, created this very cool bike that power a paper mill. This isn’t any old paper mill, mind you. Instead, invasive plant species are converted into paper, so this project provides exercise, a small income, and gets rid of pesky plants that mess disrupt the local ecosystem.
Israeli designer Ron Arad needs few introductions, so it comes as no surprise that he has WOWed us again with this incredible (and functional) steel-wheeled bicycle. The wheels are shaped like flowers and provide a surprisingly soft ride. We hope that if you needed some prodding to get hit the road, this collection of projects has got you inspired!