Crowdsourcing the Ideal City Bike: Bordeaux's City PIBAL Streamer

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It’s a bike, it’s a scooter, it’s a designer transportation device for bike sharing in Bordeaux.

It’s a bike, it’s a scooter, it’s a designer transportation device for bike sharing in Bordeaux.

When Bordeaux wanted to expand its bike sharing program, it turned to its citizens for input, garnering 300 responses, and the resulting ideas were integrated into a concept bike by über-designer Philippe Starck. The result is a crowdsourced bicycle that is claimed to be the “ideal city bike”.

In the fall of 2011, the city began soliciting input from its residents about what from they would like to see in a city bike, and the information which came out of asking those questions became the starting point for Starck’s design. The resulting machine, dubbed the City PIBAL Streamer, is a hybrid bicycle design that can be ridden as per usual (pushing pedals to power it), but which can also be ridden like a scooter.

3000 of the bikes are expected to be manufactured by Peugeot by the end of this year, and will be added to Bordeaux’s bicycle sharing program.

[via Grist, image via Starck]