De Cafe Racer: The Multi-Person Bicycle School Bus

A new multi-person bicycle is replacing the traditional school bus in parts of the Netherlands.
By Staff, Utne Reader
May/June 2012
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The innovative multi-person bicycle helps reduce pollution and combat childhood obesity, as well as brightens schoolkids’ morning commute.

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Have you ever wondered how the exuberant energy of elementary-school children might be harnessed and put to good use? The Dutch company De Cafe Racer has found a way, with a kid-powered bicycle that replaces the traditional school bus.

The bike is pedaled by an adult (essential for steering and safety’s sake) and up to 10 children, reports Yes! Magazine (December 20, 2011). Designed for youngsters ages 4 to 12, the multi-person bicycle can reach a speed of 10 miles per hour, has adjustable seats to accommodate growing riders’ extra inches, and is available in a variety of colors—including blue, purple, red, and school-bus yellow. In addition, the bike comes with a music system, a canvas cover to ward off rain, and an auxiliary electric motor that kicks in when the hills get too steep or the pedal pushers run out of steam.

So far, you’ll see kids busing themselves to school only in Europe, but De Cafe Racer has received inquiries from North and South America. The innovative multi-person bicycle helps reduce pollution and combat childhood obesity, as well as brightens schoolkids’ morning commute. Beating the bell has never been so much fun.

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