The Pedal Bus
You may have heard of the London cycle scheme, which is designed to be environmentally friendly and has been used by millions of people in London. But have you heard of the Pedal Bus? According to the Evening Standard The London Pedal Bus is the latest and most sociable way to travel.
What does it look like?
It's made from a platform on four tyres, four bike seats with pedals on each side and in the middle is the driver who controls the directions. Unlike a traditional bus it's open-air and feels like you are riding a bike.
The reason why it is called the Pedal Bus is because every passenger has to pedal to keep the bus going. There is no petrol or electricity used; instead it's manpower, or foot power to be exact.
You need to be physically strong to do the pedalling and it can be good exercise. The fun thing is the way the seats are laid out - passengers sit around a bar while wine and beer is poured for them to enjoy as they travel, but not the driver though.
Well some people may say what about rain? What about the speed of travel? Well both are concerns for the sceptic.
Would I want to try one soon? Yes definitely, provided it's a sunny day.
This new invention, the Pedal Bus is the brainchild of 38-year-old Luke Roberson. "I was inspired by the multi-person bicycle," he says. "But I wanted to make one that was sturdier and better suited to parties and events." Hiring a Pedal Bus has become a trend among corporate clients as a way of team building.
It's fun for some but you should be careful if you are not physically fit enough for that that kind of activity.
If you were to design an eco- product, what would that be?
Till next time