Bricycle: Saving the Planet, one driver at a time

by Mark R

Every day, millions of people take to the roads as solitary drivers in their automobiles. This seems to be a complete waste of energy as most cars have room for at least three other passengers. Assuming the solitary driver can’t find an convenient carpool, why not switch to a speedy, energy-efficient vehicle that can hold just one driver?

This is the concept behind the Bricycle, a three-wheeled wonder designed by someone named Brian. Yes, he named it after himself, but see the name as a descriptor, and not as a reflection of ego. After all, this isn’t any normal bicycle or tricycle, but a motorized trike that is like no other.

This Bricycle is made of plywood, epoxy, and fiberglass cloth. It is powered by a 48-volt motor at the front, and is capable of 21 speeds.

Brian has stated that his Bricycle prototype is nearing completion, and I certainly see a lot of potential. I have seen other conceptual one-manned vehicles that can turn an ordinary road into a two-way highway since they take up half the space. Considering the amount of cars on the road, vehicles like the Bricycle might be the only way to reduce traffic.

Not only that, the Bricycle is completely electrical, so we can reduce our dependence on oil. Anything that can help out with fighting overpopulation and pollution can only be a good thing.


5 reviews or comments

Tuxer Says: August 1, 2008 at 10:56 am

Well, you still have to charge the thing, so it’s not going to be as clean as a bicycle. But it all helps, I suppose.

I’m not sure how this will help stop “overpopulation,” however. Though I guess the population could be cut down if people take these out and get flattened like bugs (or like motorcyclists) by bigger and meaner vehicles. Or perhaps if you drive one, you’d be too much of a geek for anyone to sleep with you?

Pat Says: August 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Great idea. Lots of commuters who want to commute to work cheaply wearing their office clothes would love this. We need to get bike paths to authorize this type of transportation, since they clearly won’t be allowed on freeways—yet.

Justin Bearelle Says: August 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

I have made a few of these my self, and upgrading each one. The last one has solar panels built into the front and top. but not noticable much cause its coverd with plexiglass so it still has the smooth style. and has the brushless motors on each wheel gettin the bike to about 60 to 70 km/h so pretty quick for such a fragile vehicle but looks very similar in style with this one. I’ve sold nearly 800 in ontario so far but sales are not good enough yet. great vehicle though

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