FWD Human Powered Vehicle Concept
More than a bicycle but not exactly a tricycle, FWD seeks the provide the best of both worlds to real-world urban commuters. The design by Eric Pautz, Carolina Defferrari, Leo Joas and Patrícia Campiol incorporates a large storage box beneath the seat and is meant to be part of a future station-to-station commuting system that negates the need to store or return the trike.
Yves Plattard’s TRIX Carving Trike
(images via: Gizmag)
Silly rabbit, TRIX are for… wait a minute, maybe the rabbit was right after all! Yves Plattard’s “space age rickshaw” was engineered with rack and pinion steering to provide a tighter turning circle useful in inner city maneuvering. Unlike most re-imagined trikes, TRIX has sufficient space for a single passenger or a pile of parcels, so don’t take your passenger shopping.
Humberto Jimenez’ Try-Cycle
If you think Humberto Jimenez‘ organic-looking Try-Cycle looks a little strange, you haven’t seen nothing yet: it’s even stranger once the rider puts it in motion. The seat is mounted over the large “front” wheel and the driver faces towards the two smaller wheels; in effect he/she would seem to be driving backwards!
(images via: Coroflot)
Steering is accomplished via incline control buttons mounted on the handlebars… remember GM’s 1980’s Lean Machine? Humberto describes his Try-Cycle as being ideal for anyone “who expects new emotions on wheels.” That’s in addition to old ones such as fear and panic.
Shabtai Hirshberg’s A2B Trike
(images via: Yanko Design)
Children’s hospitals world wide use tricycles to help recovering kids regain their balance, strength and coordination. Standard tricycles, however, can pose real hazards to children suffering degrees of disability. Israeli designer Shabtai Hirshberg created the A2B Trike to be much more kid-friendly, featuring a chest support and an automatic wheel lock released only when the rider steps on the pedals. Hirshberg’s trikes are also fully customizable to suit the unique needs of the kids who ride them.
Alexander Vittouris’ BamTrike Personal Mobility Vehicle
Alexander Vittouris, a student at Australia’s Monash University, turned to Bamboo when engineering his radical BamTrike for strength, lightness and durability. Combining bamboo with Polylactide resin sealed the deal for Vittouris, who was then free to design a spectacularly beautiful body around the large rear drive wheel and two mid-ship wheels.