23 Feb '12, 2pm

Google’s seven-person conference bike

Google’s seven-person conference bike

NPR’s Marketplace did a story yesterday about how tech companies encourage bike commuting, which: duh. But Google apparently goes a step further and encourages bike conferencing, via a giant pedaled monstrosity with seven inward-facing seats. The “conference bike ” is set up so that all participants contribute to making the bike move forwards — but nobody is looking where they’re going . Man, has there ever been a better visual metaphor for work meetings? Here’s what Google transportation head Brendon Harrington told Marketplace about the conference bike: Imagine one person facing forward and then the other six people around a circle. And the way the bike is manufactured and constructed, everyone can actually pedal at the same time — all contributing to propel the bike forward. But since they’re facing each other, they can chat with each other, they can share ideas, they c...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/googles-seven-person-conference-bike/

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