By Ryan McGreal
Published April 04, 2007

In my article last year titled Can the Bicycle Save Civilization?, I wrote:

With a little imagination, the basic design behind bicycles could move whole families around in a single, convenient vehicle that incorporates the advantages of cars without all the nasty side-effects. Imagine three- or four-wheeled family cycles with on-board seating for young children and even storage "trunks".

I was delighted when I came across this post on the Bicycle Diaries blog about Bikecar, a documentary about a group of friends who go on a snowboarding trip and travel via a homemade human powered vehicle.

Here's the trailer:

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted April 04, 2007 at 15:37:18

Sweet! Here's a good single-person idea for a utility bike. It is an attachment which you affix to the rear triangle, essentially moving your rear wheel back and giving you a "trunk". It can be attached to most bike frames:

And Surly has developed an xtracycle-compatible frame which does away with the "extra attachment" by elongating the frame to begin with:

Add a stokemonkey and heading up the escarpment with a fully loaded bike becaomse much more feasible...

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By da' Square Wheelman (anonymous) | Posted April 04, 2007 at 16:19:47

Thanks for the shout out on my Bicycle Diaries blog entry!

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By Mandie Hayes (anonymous) | Posted May 04, 2011 at 05:35:26

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