April 16, 2014 at 15:09  •  Posted in Ideas, Inspiration Abroad by  •  3 Comments

Browsing through Kickstarter projects is a great way to learn about new ideas and trends related to cycling around the world.

Here’s a round-up of some of the interesting projects currently looking for funding:

Bamboo Bicycles Beijing (20 days left)

bamboo bicyclesAims to open a bamboo bicycle workshop to teach Beijing residents how to build their own bamboo bicycle in order to promote cycling as an alternative form of transportation. Really interesting concept of using natural materials, traditional bamboo craftsmanship and recycled bike parts to connect with the community.

Fietsklik  (15 days left)

fietsklikA click-on system that makes it possible to attach a large crate and a variety of large bags to the back of a bike to make shopping convenient. They also have a prototype child seat that attaches the same way.

Commuter X4 (21 days left)

commuter x4A wearable rear bike light that helps drivers see you and better judge your distance, width and speed. I think all cyclists should be lit up as much as possible at night, because they’re otherwise essentially invisible to cars, and this looks like a great product for visibility. I’d still combine it with more lights attached to the bike though!

Bike Share Pack (25 hours left)bike share packThough it doesn’t look like they’ll reach their goal, I like this project because it aims to create a product for public bike share bikes (such as our local Vel’oh! system). As bike share systems help to encourage cycling by everyone, products that can make them even more convenient and useful are a great idea.

Cyclehack Scotland (23 days left)

cyclehack

This is an excellent idea and something we could do here in Luxembourg! It’s a 48-hour event that brings together “designers, developers, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, planners and makers to problem solve barriers to cycling from everyone’s perspective”. The goal isn’t to come up with a big infrastructure plan but instead to brainstorm lots of little ‘hacks’, or solutions that will make cycling in Scottish cities better.

3 Comments

  1. Budd / April 16, 2014 at 15:31 / Reply

    Excellent line up. Going there now and throwing my money at fietsclick.

    I also like the “hack” idea.

  2. Jo Holtan / May 10, 2014 at 15:07 / Reply

    We’d love to have Luxembourg on board!! The last call out is on Friday – http://www.cyclehack.com/global-cyclehack/. Let me know if you have any questions!

    And a big thanks for the shout out.

    Cheers, Jo

  3. Sarah / January 17, 2015 at 19:40 / Reply

    Hey,

    We’ve opened up the CycleHack again for this year – get Luxembourg on board!

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