In an alternate universe where much of our daily travel happens by bicycle, people would apply to bicycles some of the engineering and design ingenuity that goes into products like cars and baby strollers.
Or maybe they already do, especially in the alternate universe known as the Netherlands, where far more travel does happen by bicycle. Two fascinating bicycle products integrate bicycling into elements of everyday family travel.
A school bus is powered by the kids pedaling to get to school, and has a backup motor for when the kids aren’t on board.
Meanwhile, BeyondDC recently linked to a 2009 UK Daily Mail article about a stroller (or “buggy” in British) called Taga which converts to and from a bicycle, so that a “yummy mummy” can “pedal to shops,” getting exercise and saving “petrol,” and then turn the unit back into a “pushchair” to walk around with the child.
Did these turn out to be too expensive for a mass market? Can some major manufacturer get on this, work out a licensing deal, mass-produce some more cheaply and merchandise them at major baby stores?