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Prize(s)Gold in Sustainable Living/environmental Preservation / Urban Sustainable Design
Entry Description

The YikeBike mini-farthing is the smallest, and at 10kg, the lightest electric folding bike in the world, enabling people to take it on buses, trains, and cars and store it easily under a desk or in a cupboard. It has a radically different riding position, steering and wheel configuration, giving a safe smooth ride while folding up to a super small size.


YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. We sat down to try and answer:
-What is the simplest way to get from A to B with the aid of a machine?
-What is the smallest wheel you can have to get a stable, safe, comfortable ride?
-Can you make something small enough to be able to go with you anywhere in a city?
* Wonder if we could make a unicycle dramatically easier to ride and fold?

We were intrigued by creating something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment.

The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.