Hot on the heels of a story of a cardboard bike comes something a little more high tech, but similarly ingenious. Just two blocks from my office is a bicycle in a front window that won the 2011 Oregon Manifest award. The bicycle in question is called the Faraday, and it is a collaboration between IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles. After winning the audience award at the prestigious bike design show, the designers went back to work fine-tuning this 21st century cycle. With an integrated lighting system, front rack and electric assist, this bike is a beautiful example of forward-thinking design and creativity. Available Spring of 2013 for $3,500.
From Faraday: The Faraday Porteur is the ultimate electric propelled utility bicycle – the first electric bicycle built by, and for, cyclists. Dubbed “the ultimate modern utility bicycle” by the Oregon Manifest bicycle design competition, the Faraday Porteur is an elegant, powerful electric bicycle – a high-quality city bike that is comfortable and effortless to ride – with or without the electric motor.