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Starck and Peugeot Bicycle Collaboration

Visionary, designer, architect and artist, Phillipe Starck, has teamed up with Peugeot Cycles to create a bike being heralded as “the ideal city bike“, or a little exaggeratedly, “the bicycle of the future”. The design itself incorporates utilitarian features (front and back racks), but diverges from normal urban bikes by including a kick scooter design to the frame. The bike can be conventionally pedaled, but if a rider feels more comfortable kick scooting around town, they have that option as well. I don’t see what is so “futuristic” about this approach, but whatever might entice people to choose the bike over motorized transportation should certainly be supported. Encouragingly, the bike design was formulated in part with the input of the citizens of Bordeaux, which just might make this the first crowdsourced bike design around.

The bikes are going to be added to a bike sharing fleet in the city of Bordeaux, France, which already offers out 1,545 bikes at 139 stations. Ridership in Bordeaux has tripled in the last 15 years, prompting the collaboration between Starck and Peugeot.

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8 Comments

  1. bobFebruary 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    q-factor.

  2. loganFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

    What bob said. That design will either require the pedals to be so far apart that it will be almost unrideable, or a smaller version of the unnecessary kick scooter deck.

  3. WFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Ouch! Using that bike as a kickbike will result in some bloody ankles from the pedals.

  4. Mad Jack McMadFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Looks like a Batavus delivery bike.

  5. Scott SpitzFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:43 amAuthor

    Logan – although the digital rendering would lead to that observation, I’m guessing, with Peugeot behind the wheel, they are making adjustments for the design.

    More amusing was the journalist who questioned if they were going to make the bike light enough while adding on the scooter motor. I don’t think he realized this is a kick scooter design and a not a motorized scooter.

  6. rogbieFebruary 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I think the “bike of the future” was designed a hundred years ago: pneumatic tires, chain-driven geared drivetrain, tensioned spoked wheel. I’m always skeptical of a design that lauds itself as the “next big thing.” Especially, when the bike’s design is so near to perfect already. Good luck, but designers should really focus on improving the bike, not trying to redesign it.

  7. kibbeeFebruary 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I can kick scoot around on my standard bike. Just stand on one pedal and lean the bike the the opposite site to offset the balance. I do this all the time. When coming to a stop, it’s sometimes nice to just coast in like I’m on a scooter.

  8. VelomancerFebruary 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Looks clunky and chunky… not what I would expect from Stark… or Peugeot.
    4/10 Could do better

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