A number of innovative new bicycle designs were on display at this year's International Bicycle Design Competition, including a bike that folds into its own backpack carrying case -- making it easy to take on public transit.
"Shape shifting designs that provide convenient portability and storage options and push the boundaries of people's accepted ideas of the bike came to the fore at the recent International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC). The standout example was the third placed the Everglide concept, an innovative multi-purpose design that integrates a bicycle with a backpack.
Everglide, from Australian designer Frag Woodall, can be folded down into its rear carry-case meaning it can be wheeled, backpacked or cycled. The integrated solution satisfies all kinds of needs for short-distance cyclists and is able to be carried on other forms of public transport such as trams, trains and buses."
"Another unusual collapsible entry is the Lohas hybrid bike by Chen Wei-Ping from Taiwan. This simple and streamlined design uses a combination of pedal power and a built-in windmill to recharge the battery pack. When stationary, the main "windmill" wheel of the Lohas Bike can be faced towards the breeze and continue its function as a recharging device.
Another notable designs is the Grasshopper from David Moreira Goncalves of Portugal - another foldable, electric bicycle that can be carried onto public transport with ease and also produce electricity when used as an exercise bike at home."