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Bambu Bicycles



Contest Name:
Voyager-2

Prize Amount:
$10,000.0

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Impact Area:
United States

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Bicycles From Nature

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In 2015, I wondered about the idea for a business that used bamboo to create bicycles as a inexpensive and sustainable mode of transportation for low-income families. As a cyclist myself, I was intrigued after researching bamboo as a material for building bicycles and learning about its short-lived past back in 19th century. In the 1850's bamboo was a rapidly growing material used for building bicycles. It was easy to source, quick to grow, and easy to work with. However, as the steel industry began to boom, the idea of bamboo slowly dissipated and the short-lived idea quickly lost traction. The idea has only recently (within the last 2 decades or so) been resurrected and making a comeback all across the world. When I chose to use bamboo I was enamored by its  amazingly rapid growth rate, tensile strength and overall biological build which allowed for near perfect shock absorption. 

Bamboo is used for the construction of a wide variety of products like construction, furniture, textiles, and culinary tools. So, why not bikes? In Greensboro, Alabama (where I got my inspiration) and many other places in the U.S., bamboo is a relentlessly invasive species, causing many to race it's minute-by-minute growth rate. Instead of viewing the plant as a nuisance, I view bamboo as a sustainable resource which is why it's a excellent material for building. I want to develop a bigger consumer market for Bambu Bicycles. The push for sustainability has become a focal point in urban areas and something as innovative as bikes made from bamboo would thrive in cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. These bikes are an incredibly economical substitute for owning a car or public transportation in urban and suburban areas. 

My goal is to integrate Bambu Bicycles into cities and impoverished areas in order to give people a form of transpiration which can be easily and affordably built on the East Coast. While spending time in Greensboro, I had created a system for which people of low income could come into the shop, build a bike for themselves and a neighbor, and in-turn get their bike for free. I hope to bring this system forward and allow the bamboo bicycle to spread and become a part of our everyday lives. A great way to further the sustainability movement would be to incorporate bicycles made by nature. 


Comments and Reply (34)


Anna

Awesome idea

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Martin H.

I love this idea! As a kid we used to use bamboo to build teepee style forts and what a material it is! best of luck to you.

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Guest

As of today, I have received permission to create a bike share program simlair to those in large cities by the town of Amherst. This is excellent news! With this we can enable sustainable, and easy forms of transportation to those around town, who want to enjoy the lovely rail trail or at the nearby colleges to get from place to place.

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Guest

This will be an invaluable asset for struggling college students trying to make ends meet. I remember my college days when i had to walk miles unending just to buy groceries.

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Lidya epafras

nice one

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Arlyn

I thought this was a really innovative idea, but this looks like it's already in the market http://ghanabamboobikes.org/

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Guest

Hi Arlyn, as stated this idea is certainly not solely mine. It is a growing industry but really hasn’t grown much within the U.S. There are many people within major cities and rural areas who could majorly benefit from this. I was given a great opportunity to speak on the project, but never expanded the idea or brought it to a place I’d like to see it. Hope this helps!

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Guest

Good point Arlyn thought I saw this idea somewhere before just wasn’t sure where

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