22 Feb '12, 3pm

Here’s what a crowdsourced bicycle looks like

Here’s what a crowdsourced bicycle looks like

This combination bike and scooter is nominally the work of fancypants designer Philippe Starck, but that’s partly because “everyone in Bordeaux, France” doesn’t have as much label cachet. (More than “everyone in Normal, Illinois” or something, but still.) Before Starck got his hands on the brief for the bike, which will be part of Bordeaux’s bikeshare system, the city government solicited comments from more than 300 citizens on how their ideal bike would look and function. The result is a bike you can pedal or scoot like a scooter; a press release from the city of Bordeaux says this is because of the need for an easy transition between biking and walking, presumably when moving from roads to pedestrian areas. (It’s not, as FastCompany reports , the motorized kind of scooter — the press release calls it a “vélo-trotinette,” which is a bike/kick scooter.) It also has front a...

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