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.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.