The Halfbike Tricycle By Design Lab Kolelinia
Kolelinia, an Arizona-based start-up founded by architects Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov, has been coming up with innovative urban mobility and design solutions since 2008 with projects including the Koelinia Path, a suspended bicycle track made of cables, and the Dio Grid, a complete rethinking of Manhattan’s densely-populated urban grid. Both passionate cyclists, Angelov and Klenov have recently unveiled their latest project, an innovative transportation device called The Halfbike, designed for short commuting trips within the city as well as for leisure or fitness purposes.
Described as ”the low-tech version of the Segway” [via dezeen] and ”an alternative to jogging” [via bikeradar], this strange-looking little tricycle consists of a laser-cut aluminium frame supporting the wheels, pedals and a plywood steering handle – the latter giving it a more unique, customised appearance. The rider simply stands on the pedals and can turn the Halfbike by tilting left or right as it moves. A single hand brake connecting to the rear wheels ensures safety and control, while the Halfbike’s smaller size and light construction means it can be carried on board a bus or train for longer trips.
Kolelinia has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the manufacturing of the first batch of Halfbikes which are expected to become available in September 2014.