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Brief Published: 12 Sep 2011

Greencycle-Eco Friendly Bike


The Greencycle-Eco bike by Paulus Maringka – a design graduate from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand – uses technology to reduce production costs, making it affordable for those on lower incomes in third-world countries.

The bicycle is made from pre-fabricated bamboo panels – bamboo being widely available in many third-world countries – and each piece is shaped using a CNC cutter to minimise waste. The steel brackets are created from flat steel and also used as a joining component, both of which can easily be replaced. 

The bike’s design follows a two-year research study focused on how to improve the bicycle manufacturing process. The project is an attempt to shift design thinking and practices away from the unsustainable uses of resources towards a more sustainable framework of consumption, whereby local cultures, skills, resources and technology are utilised instead.

Paulus Maringka