Space Bikes

Maybe some of you heard about the Walkmobile from the Professor Hermann Knoflacher.

The Walkmobile was invented in the 70’s as a smart way to address the issue of public space usage. It is a simple frame made from light wood which, when whorn, occupies the same amount of space as the average car. It exposes that behind the metal and glass of a car is a human being – while it is a direct criticism on how our systeme allocates so much land for just one person.  Several actions have been organised in Austria, featuring walkmobiles, with people parking and walking on the road.

This concept has been used by several collectives, inspiring new creations like the “manif spaciale” – developed by the Montreal group Le Monde a Bicyclette (the world by bicycle). It is simply a group of cyclists riding around downtown with giant “space frames” attached to their bikes, making them take up the same amount of space as a car.

The idea is inspiring and here is the draft version of a space bike from Roanoke, USA. The final version will have balloons, graphics etc on it, for fun and to increase visibility of the frame. A workshop was organised to help people to make their bike frame in preparation of a ride Friday.

[vimeo vimeo.com/5915362]

For more information about the event in Roanoke, please visit: http://carlessbrit.tumblr.com/tagged/space_frame

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One Comment

  1. Steve Laken
    Posted 8 August, 2009 at 13:53 | Permalink

    Awsome!
    Does anybody know something about such events happening in Europe (outside of Vienna)? Otherwise it is an idea to promote!!! I love it!
    Cheers,

    Steven

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