Here’s something to help get the average lazy student out of bed and onto eco-friendly transportation: having a folding bike in the house. Dahon, a producer of folding bikes, has teamed up with the UK’s “Hive” student residence project, offering each apartment a Dahon Speed D7 folding bicycle to address the transport needs of residents. Hive ordered 425 bikes for its first two state-of-the-art student residences, which are scheduled to open in central London in September 2009.
The offer to lease eco-friendly urban transportation in the form of a folding bicycle complements the design of the Hive apartments themselves. The buildings come with a number of features to help reduce CO2 emissions, including grass roofs and a bio-mass boiler that heats the building by burning recycled wood chips.