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 wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He 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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