Folding Electric Bikes + Bus Stops = Perfect Commute?
Every once in a while, you see a proposed design and think, "there's absolutely no reason this shouldn't already exist." This is one such design--folding bike rental hubs combined directly with bus stops for a comprehensive public transit system. The system would allow users to rent folding e-bikes from a modular hub attached to each bus stop. Pics and details on how the system would work after the jump.According to Tuvie, the system would work as follows:
This concept comprises a foldable e-bike that can be rode from the home and deposited to modular mobile hub, and board a bus. Upon arrival at destination, another hub will be there to rent another bike through using the unique Oystercard which can be availed by leasing the service on a per trip or monthly basis.
Folding Electric Bike Design
The E-bike has been designed with airless tires, robust tubular construction and shaft drive, ensuring durability, while the luminated front bar and dazzling graphics increase the visibility and safety for the rider. E-bikes have designed to be folded quickly and intuitively by the user and deposit it into the storage modules after arriving to a transit hub. RFID technology has been utilized to charge the users on their Oystercard according to the amount of E-bike rental time. When docked, E-bikes act as hub seating and get charged for the next renter.Not so sure if the 'dazzling graphics' are necessary--and the folding bikes probably don't have to be e-bikes, either. But the proposed system may have a better chance of being feasible if they are, unfortunately.
The transit hubs are designed to be iconic and recognizable, like subway stops. The hubs would also provide a "real time transit schedule" that users can access to help plan their commutes. And the e-bikes are evidently charged on board the bus as it drives: "During the time passengers board on a bus, its ultracapacitors get charged until next stop via a small arm extended from the hub. The buses collect and disperse E-bikes according to demand." This makes it possible for both bike share and bus to be operated by a public authority.
The electrical modular buses aim to optimize the needs of next generation commuters by providing ultimate convenience for public transit.
It's a great concept--if there were a system to provide bikes (electric or not) to commuters at every bus stop, it'd make urban traveling much easier. And hopefully, more attractive an option.