Fancy trusting your life to a piece of plastic no thicker than a pencil as you weave in and out of buses, taxis, alpha males in white vans, lumps of broken glass from previous cyclist-crushings and pot holes?
That's supposed to be a rhetorical question, but if you just nodded "Yes" here's the solution to ending the life you're so very tired of - the Backpack Bicycle. It's designer Chang Ting Jen's entry in the International Bicycle Design competition.
The orange is nice, we'll give him that. But there reaches a point where any further miniaturisation of existing things just isn't practical. What sort of tiny journey along extremely flat surfaces would this bike cope with? Even though it folds down to a 60cm backpack and weighs just 5.5kg, wouldn't you be better off walking than trundling along at a very low speed? Surely you'd be there in the time it takes to unfold it?
(Via Design Blog)