Groovy solutions for urban commuters

by EcoStreet on January 24, 2008

in Responsible Transport

Do you live in town and drive to work? If your answer is yes, my next question is why? Is it because of the state of public transport (or the lack thereof)? Of the people that I’ve asked, it seems that most don’t want to use public transport because it’s unpleasant, or unreliable, or takes too long, or is non-existent. Come on guys! Get a bit more inventive with your transport solutions and stop adding to the pollution/carbon emission problem. If the old loaf is a little slow at thinking up groovy eco-friendly solutions, let me get you started…

The Magic Wheel

The street scooter that’s a little bit geeky, yet bodaciously cool. Have you ever wished you could ride a unicycle and wow the bystanders? Then this is the solution for your urban commute. It’s easy to ride (nothing like a unicycle) but looks just as impressive. I can’t help thinking that a bloke in a suit and bowler hat with an umbrella in one hand would cut a striking figure on one of these. As would anyone for that matter. £119 including postage within the UK. Keep an eye out for our fab Magic Wheel giveaway coming soon!

The Recumbent Bicycle


You too can be a laid-back cyclist. There are numerous reasons why riding a recumbent bicycle is preferable to riding an upright bicycle. Firstly, there’s the comfort factor. With a recumbent there’s no “numb bum” effect and no need to purchase padded bicycle shorts. The recumbent’s reclining seat supports your body weight on your back as well as on your butt. Also, because you are lying back, you aren’t supporting any of your weight on your hands, so you won’t experience discomfort in your wrists or hands. Secondly, there’s the safety factor. Many upright bicycle accidents involve the rider going over the handlebars with resultant head injuries. Recumbent riders are less prone to these types of injuries. And lastly, the recumbent is faster than an upright bicycle. Yip, people who ride them love their recumbents so much that they tend to develop the legendary “recumbent grin“. Convinced? Buy one, or build your own, with accessories, or even hire one to get a taste for it before committing.

Grow a Bike (or sequester some CO2 in your bike’s frame)


Before investing in one of these works of art I’d recommend finding somewhere secure to park it while you are at work. But once that little detail is out of the way, all that’s left to do is have your unique bamboo bike built to order. I bet you’d look great on one of these. The bamboo is treated by smoking and heating to make it ultra-strong. Definitely the bicycle with lowest carbon footprint. Order one from CalfeeDesign.

And finally…

There are ways to make travelling by public transport a little more, well, fun I suppose.

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Steven February 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Great solutions. Unfortunately, I do believe that the recumbent bikes are a bit dangerous for the rider because of their low profile. I almost squished a guy riding a recumbent bike last summer because he zipped out in front of my car, but was so low I didn’t see him. Good thing he was so speedy!

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