Bike-Powered Elevator Takes Commuting To The Next Level
The Vycle operates similarly to an ordinary bicycle, but allows the rider to go up flights of a building instead of taking an elevator
Instead of an elevator, go up the floors of a building using the Vycle, a vertical bicycle that acts as an elevator and relies on the rider’s pedaling to get to the top. The concept was created by Royal College of Art graduate Elena Larriba and engineer Jon Garcia.
A Vycle operates as an ordinary bike would: the rider sits down on the seat and pedals forward when they want to go up and backward when they want to go down. The system would have counterweights installed and features adjustable gears for riders to choose how much resistance there is when they pedal. A Vycle could also find use in the construction sector. Larriba and Garcia believe it would replace the ladders found on a scaffolding or a crane, making it easier for construction workers to traverse their vertical work site.
Right now, Larriba and Garcia have a working prototype but the concept remains in the early development stages.
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