By Megan Kenna
Posting in Cities
A bicycle built for 12? This Dutch bicycle bus includes eight sets of pedals for children, a place for an adult driver, and a bench for three children to enjoy a free ride.
A bicycle built for… 12?
Nearly half of all workers in the Netherlands commute by bicycle, and now schoolchildren can also get their exercise. One Dutchman has used simple technology in a revolutionary way to redesign the classic yellow school bus further greening mass transit.
Along with the tulip and the windmill, the bicycle symbolizes Dutch culture and the Netherlands. Cycling is a core element of a Dutch lifestyle, and the capital Amsterdam is often voted on of the best biking cities in Europe.
The eco-friendly bicycle bus includes eight sets of pedals for children, a place for an adult driver, and a bench for three children to enjoy a free ride. The pedaling seats are designed for students aged 4 to 12.
The average speed of the bicycle bus is 10 miles per hour, but a backup motor is included to compensate for fatigue or challenging hills. The bus structure retails for approximately $15,000, and around 25 bicycle buses have already been made in several colors in addition to the traditional yellow. Added features include a rain cover and a music player.
The bicycle bus is sold by the De Cafe Racer, which has also exported similar group style bikes to neighboring markets in Belgium and Germany. The designer of the school bus, Thomas Tolkamp, adapted the idea from a previous group bicycle design called a “beerbike” – a group bike complete with a bar.
Photo: Bicycle Design
Mar 6, 2012
This is the way Socialism works. One guy thinks, 'there are seven other kids and a driver already pedalling; I don't need to pedal hard. I'll just let me feet follow the pedals so it looks like I'm pedalling.'
This Bike Bus it's ok if there are no Hills or down Hills. But here in the USA we have many lazy kids and uncooperative parents. All it would take is one of those brats to fall or get their fingers pinched and everybody wants to sue. I don't think Geico would insure them.
Where do the school kids put their books & stuff while they're pedaling to school? I didn't see any shelves or other storage areas on board. I once rented a tourist quadracycle and was disappointed on how hard it was to pedal, I expected with 4 people doing the work it would have been easier, not harder. I hope this new machine is less draggy.
This "bus" is very nice, but it is not really how Dutch children get to school. They ride their own bikes, like this: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/search/label/school%20travel
It's childlabor. Do they even get minimum wage? And I see no mention of the adult having any pedals. Oh, the horror of modern times.
I love it toooooo! Can we ride together ? It would be hard to ride without singing as we go. This is a movable party! Love it!
it's not "labour" if it's fun and healthy try reading "the abolition of work" by bob black and you'll understand what i mean.