Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Working bicycles

Henry's Workcycles
Will, in a comment in response to one of mine, about how one of these years I intend to create a bicycle manufacturing business focused on creating and distributing _lower cost_ bicycles designed for urban lifestyles--meaning carrying stuff, suggests Henry's Workcycles, in the Netherlands.

Cool contraptions but apparently very expensive.
Henry's Workcycles
We need to make these bikes cheap, or at least, less expensive. A bike costing over $2,400 is not what I had in mind... PLUS, I also mentioned in my comment that maybe the forthcoming SmartBike program from Adshel could include some of these kinds of bikes, although they obviously won't if they cost this much (although maybe it's something that stores could do).

The Chinese seem to be able to have bikes like these and I can't imagine they cost this much to produce. And I don't think it's just the low cost of labor.
Image from Edgewood College.

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