Faster Than A Speeding Hamster Wheel…It’s A New Rickshaw

Ever get that feeling? No matter how fast you scurry along you just aren’t making any progress. Well, don’t stress it because this new design for a rickshaw could be just the thing for you.

It may look quite a lot like a giant hamster wheel but since this one’s attached to a bike you might actually find yourself going some place!

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image via Kenneth Cobonpue

Actually, joking aside, this is a rather beautiful creation. Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, it is made from aluminum and recyclable polyethylene woven together. The upholstery for the seating, handlebars and headrest is made from hand-stitched weather proof vinyl.

Before the three-wheeler, Victorian-era aesthetic starts to give you any ideas about dressing up in a top hat and pince nez, you should know that the bike features some very 21st century accessories.

There’s a cup holder on either sides of the carriage and an iPod docking station, as well as a cooling fan along with a set of speakers. The carriage panels can also be closed on all sides if you need some ‘me’ time inside the cage.

Cycle rickshaws are a common site on the roads of India and other developing nations but in the west they have begun to catch on in recent years, often as something of a novelty item.

In major cities like New York and London cycle rickshaws take tourists on scenic tours of the main sites. On a summer’s day the pathways of Central Park, for example, are teeming with them.

In the green energy world the rickshaw’s status as a carbonless mode of transport has made it a useful vehicle (in all senses) for selling new environmental innovation.

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