The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people. Devotees of the national obsession have taken the next logical step by launching what is likely the first bicycle school bus.
Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in Dutch) is powered entirely by children and the one adult driver (although there is an electric motor for tough hills). Its simple design 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 to ward off rainy days.
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Now that’s something that needs to be copied here in the US!
Thanks to Betty of the Four-Blue-Hills Blog for drawing my attention to this innovation.
- School Bus Bicycle (neatorama.com)
- The pedal-powered yellow school bus (eta.co.uk)
- Dutch School Bus is a Bicycle Built for Ten (yesmagazine.org)
- New ideas for a bicycle planet (working) (energybulletin.net)
- 4 New Ideas for a Bicycle Planet (yesmagazine.org)
- How the Dutch got their bike on (mnn.com)