Thursday, February 9, 2012

Get on the bus!

There's no question: the Dutch love to cycle.

Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, this school bus (BCO in Dutch) is entirely pedal-powered...unless you encounter a large hill and decide to kick on the electric motor.  It has eight sets of pedals for the kids (ages 4 to 12), a driver seat for the adult, and three bench seats for freeloaders. The top speed is about 10 miles per hour, and features a sound system and canvas awning for rainy days.

Read more, including a Q&A with Thomas Tolkamp, who built the BCO, about its origins and how the idea is catching on around the world.

From Fast Company's Co.Exist blog.

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