Solution To Transportation Woes? A Grown Up TrikE

Cycling: good for you, good for the environment – and good for making your butt look toned and hot. Right? Yes – until it rains. Or gets cold. Or gets windy. Then it can suck.

Turn to cars, then? Sure. But they’re expensive to buy and run, often not great for the planet and let’s be honest – your butt needs the exercise.

So what if someone combined the best of both modes of transportation ?

Well, that’s what TrikE is about (though, no, we don’t know what the funny capitalization is for). TrikE is what’s known as an electric-assist HPV – no, not the virus, but a Human Powered Vehicle – and aims to provide the all-weather convenience of a car with the sustainability and efficiency of a bicycle.

Because it’s ‘electric-assist’, the TrikE uses its 750 watt motor to reach a top speed of 20mph, while the three-wheel design provides much more stability and safety than a traditional bike. It even has a compartment at the back for a briefcase or laptop.

Granted, you wouldn’t want to motor down the highway in this thing. But in an urban core populated with other bikes and TrikEs? Sounds like a pretty damn good idea for solving our transportation woes.

By navneetalang

Navneet Alang is a technology-culture writer based in Toronto. You can find him on Twitter at @navalang