Monday, September 7, 2009
YikeBike: An Electric Bicycle
YikeBike, an electric bicycle invented by Grant Ryan and engineer Peter Higgins of New Zealand. It is a foldable and gets tucks into a bag little bigger than a briefcase. It has a large front wheel, tiny rear, and little mustache handlebar, but that front wheel is driven by an electric motor giving a range of 9km and a top speed of 20km/h.
The YikeBike is the first bicycle on the market with electronic anti-skid brakes. But at a cost of €3,900 (over $5,500) it's something of a tall sale for a short ride.
In short, the zero emission bike not only allows a safe and brisk ride on cramped city roads, but also lets the users play their part in sustaining the environment.
The YikeBike will be available in mid-2010 f in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, and New Zealand.