With rising petroleum prices, it only makes sense that we should look for other alternative forms of energy, which provide an easily accessible and environmentally efficient transportation systems. The Olive Public bike concept created by Turkish designer Arda Dalay is just such a concept that targets smaller cities with slower lifestyles.
The eco friendly bike or trike rather, looks like a cross between the moped and a scooter, borrowing silhouettes from both the genres. With three wheels providing optimum stability, the bike comes with two handy storage units on either side that serve as luggage compartments for shoppers and can be used to house the bags. The bike system would utilize a smart card system that would automatically detect the users’ profile (age, sex, preferred destination and routes, etc.) and allow charge the users’ for the bike’s usage accordingly. The designer intends the use of this bike to be free for a limited distance beyond which the bike’s services would be charged accordingly. The GPS-enabled bike can be parked anywhere within city limits making it theft-proof and more public-friendly. The bike would be powered by an electric motor that can be charged if required, by using the pedals.