Futuristic commuter Citi Bike rides low

© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno

Concept bikes offer a fun way to re-imagine how bikes of the future might look like. The Ford Citi Bike, designed by Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno, anticipates more and more people taking bikes to work, rather than driving, thanks to rising fuel costs and increasing traffic congestion in metropolitan areas.

Inspired by Ford's 2013 Focus ST, the Citi Bike features a low riding profile, allowing easier handling for inexperienced riders, or those who aren't outfitted to fling their legs over a high top bar (primly-dressed office ladies rejoice!).

© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno
© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno

There are places to hold the requisite office gadgets like laptops and iPads apparently, and according to Yanko Design, the bike's mechanism "consists in gears, and dented bands for traction, and torsion bars for steering."

© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno
© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno
© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno
© Jimena Compean, Isabel Ayala and Jose Arturo Moreno

Clearly, the bike's mechanisms would have to be further refined beyond the conceptual level to make it a working reality, but it's interesting to see what a commuter of the future may look like. More over at Yanko Design.

Tags: Bikes

Best of TreeHugger 2014

WHAT'S HOT ON FACEBOOK