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Busycle: Human Powered Urban Transport

The Busycle is a 15-person pedal-powered bicycle-bus. It can be used to move around town on dedicated routes while helping residents get in shape and engage with each other.

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The Busycle is a 15-person pedal-powered bicycle-bus. It can be used to move around town on dedicated routes while helping residents get in shape and engage with each other.

The Busycle was constructed in Boston in the summer of 2005 when Boston-based artists, Heather Clark and Matthew Mazzotta, were awarded a residency through the Berwick Research Institute’s Public Art Incubator Program. Over a four month period, they formed a construction team of over 60 local participants. The Busycle is made of almost 100% recycled materials.

What resources (money, time, people, technology, etc) will your concept need to be successful?

Local Bike Shop, Junkyard, Volunteers

What steps could you take to implement this idea today?

Organize a local group to build a Buscycle.

How can your idea be scaled so that it's implemented in cities around the world?

The Buscycle design plans could be shared and local variants built in every city. An annual Buscycle race could be held.

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Rebekah Emanuel

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Avi, What a cool idea. Building on the history of this concept I wonder if competitions could produce multiple designs for similar "human-powered mass transit" and allow the city to be a tourist attraction for its fascinating forms of transit. One model for a really vibrant transportation competition/festival is Baltimore's kinetic sculpture race (http://www.kineticbaltimore.com/) where teams from a classically depressed city get together to build and race vehicles that race and swim. It is both an event, a parade, a team building exercise and, has the potential to be, a generative site for mass transit models that reduce obesity.

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