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Bikes Without Borders and other links

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Bikes Without Borders is a non-profit group that aims to use bicycles and pedal powered machines to make the world a better place. They have many plans, one of which is to aid in designing a bike that is accessible to the developing world (low-cost, durable, can carrier large loads, etc. etc.) Of course, they need the help of designers to accomplish that goal. They also want to design other pedal powered machines that will make life easier for those who need them. The bicycle powered water pump that is pictured here from MayaPedal is a good example of that type of project (you can see other interesting bicycle based machines designed to help the people of Guatemala on the Maya Pedal site).

Any of you who are interested in helping out by sharing your design ideas should contact Bikes Without Borders directly. Also, those of you in Toronto, Canada should know that Bikes Without Borders is holding a brainstorming event this Monday, July 7th. They would love to have some designers in on the discussion, so plan to attend if you can. Here is a bit more information about the event from the people at Bikes Without Borders:

Join our board of directors as we work on a longterm vision and recruit new members. If you have a passion for cycling and an interest in helping others, then please come out. Everyone is welcome. Your input will be greatly appreciated. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative and inspired individuals with fresh ideas and knowledge of all kinds.

WHEN: Monday, July 7, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Boardroom #120, Centre for Social Innovation – 4th floor, 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Please RSVP to this address and let us know if you are interested in taking part, and how many people will be coming with you. If you can’t make it but want to get involved- email us!

With a long weekend coming up (for readers here in the U.S.), I want to leave you with a few completely random links.

This bike may be a contrast to the machines mentioned earlier that can make the world a better place. It does look like it would be fun (and a little scary) to ride though. Warning- the video does contain some profanity, so be warned if you are watching at work or if you just don’t want to hear it.

If you want to build a solar powered trike, here are some DIY instructions to do so. Via: Ecofriend (Have I already posted this one?)

I was glad to hear that Camelback recently hired two new industrial designers to expand their product line. As I have said before, now is a great time for designers who wish to work in the bicycle industry.

DL Byron from Bike Hugger sent me an interesting article titled Trekinetic: Reinventing the wheelchair. Yeah, it is not about bikes, but it is a very interesting read for anyone interested in product innovation.

Finally, Since I mentioned the Museeuw flax composite bikes a while back, I will point you to this recent Bike Biz post about a product developemnt deal that the company signed with the University of Ghent. It will be interesting to see what comes out of that.

Have a great Independence Day weekend (again to U.S. readers) and don’t forget that the Tour de France starts on Saturday (that is for everyone).

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  1. bikesgonewild July 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    bikes w/out borders seems to be doing some pretty great work but i wonder if they might be better served by looking into some of the various “project bikes” that are already out there…

    sram corp’s world bicycle relief w/ trek, kona’s ‘project africa’ bikes, ritchey’s ‘project rwanda’ machines, daryl funk w/ his truck bikes…there are a lot of ‘well thought out’ viable options already in place…

    …either way, everyone’s efforts are to be applauded…

    …the various pedal powered machines at the mayapedal site are intriguing & along w/ devices you’ve featured & w/ ‘old time’ pedal powered saws, lathes & whatnot i’ve seen, i was entertaining visions of a de-constructed america, building & creating a simpler future…not gonna happen but for perhaps in a few isolated pockets, but hey, nice images…

    …the trekinetic wheelchair article was great…thanks for the link, james…always great to see people looking to evolve all forms of human powered vehicles, especially those utilized by folks who need different options…

    …oh, right…meant to ask…just where is that ‘tour de france’ thingy, anyway ???…have a great independence dayweekend, james…

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