April 23, 2011

Sperm bike

sperm bike in Copenhagen

If you're moving goods through the narrow and bike-friendly streets of Copenhagen, using a cargo bicycle is a great way to go. If those goods are human sperm cells for Copenhagen's fertility clinics, than what could be cooler than having a bike that looks like a giant sperm cell? Answer: NOTHING!

The bike is called the 'Sperm Bullitt'. The "head" of the bike is designed to safely hold donor samples in their cryogenic flasks. Will we ever see these on the streets of US cities? Probably not, since if there are two things that go against the American mindset it's 1) increased use of the bicycle, and 2) having to think more about semen.

BTW, thanks to Treehugger for originally posting about this.

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April 19, 2011

Funiculars

photo of a funicular

The Low-tech Magazine blog is singing the praises of my all-time favorite mode of transportation, the funicular. Funiculars (also known as cable trains, inclined railways, inclined planes, or cliff railways) are surprisingly energy efficient. And of course they're just totally cool to ride.

The blog post gives special attention to water powered cable trains...ones that move by filling a tank on the uphill train with water until it weighs enough to slide down the track, pulling the other car uphill in the process. It's wonderfully clever and low-tech.

Here's a global list of funiculars.

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