Greencycle 2: A Tricycle To Fit Any Need
This design, known as the Greencycle 2 or G2, was featured in the top 20 picks from the 2011 International Bicycle Design Competition. The Greencycle 2 boasts some creative features that allow the tricycle to serve a variety of functions above and beyond moving from one point to another. The key to the Greencycle’s sustainable character is environmentally friendly composite bamboo that composes the frame. Bamboo is a renewable resource that is available all across Asia.
The designer utilized research to determine how to best address the needs of potential users. The intent of this effort was to create a design that would be practical and culturally relevant. Such design features include:
1. Turning a bicycle into a tricycle. The extra wheel offers stability for the user and the capacity to carry greater loads than the average bicycle. The base created by the two rear wheels is also ideal for handling larger loads which would inevitably topple a conventional bicycle.
2. The capability to convert the vehicle into a two wheel configuration style when the surrounding environment demands greater agility and careful negotiation. The two wheel configuration is better suited for avoiding rocks and holes and for navigating crowded streets than the three wheel configuration.
3. The splayed rear design offers the option of additional attachments. The user can customize the G2 to fit his/her unique needs without significantly rebuilding the vehicle. Such attachments include a detachable passenger seat to allow for additional cargo space and a wheel barrow for loading goods that doubles as a trailer for carrying goods.
5. Extra strength to handle demanding use. The G2 includes a strong central frame that functions as a base for attachments, such as a people carrier. The wheels are reinforced and include double front spokes to slow down wear. The front end of the G2 includes a reinforced steel fork that is made to withstand heavy use.Eco Traveler, Products and tagged asia, bamboo, bicycle, customize, design, G2, greencycle, International Bicycle Design Competition, tricycle.