The Di-Cycle: A GBO Design

By Jim

 

You just gotta love design competitions.  They birth out unique ideas, some promising, some a little “eh”, some wierd and others amusing.  One thing we have to say about competitions is that they are IDEA INCUBATORS.

Take the Di-Cycle for instance, a concept developed for the Brabantse Spelen a dutch design competition in 2005 by the GBO design engineers

Based on the given theme sport and design, GBO made a two-wheeled vehicle being able to drive over land as well as over water. Goal of this concept is to involve people with the city Helmond in an active manner. Helmond has got an extensive network of roads and channels. This offers the opportunity for a new kind of guided city-tour. While being active in the fresh air, one can enjoy the nicest, touristy spots in Helmond and even visit them. Sponsoring companies of the Di-Cycle were Gamma Holding, Dorel Netherlands and Janssen – Fritsen..

I think this concept, even on it’s early stages, is really worth developing further.  With global warming and environment issues beckoning it was noted that the future of the human race may rest well within the scope of “The WaterWorld Movie”.  When the polar caps do melt, half the earth-land we have today will be wet lands.  And here’s hoping that the Di-Cycle would be an answer to human transportation in the very distant future.

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