Kolelinia is a concept for riding our own bikes on a new type of bicycle-lane, based on steel wires. It aims to create a new type of transportation experience, and to be installed using a minimal amount of resources.

The Kolelinia midair bike lanes consist of steel cables suspended above city streets at a maximum of 4.5 meters and over pedestrian zones at between 2.5 to 3 meters. Commuters’ bike tires are slotted into a steel furrow up to 14 cm deep and anchored to the two horizontal steel cables, with a third safety cable strung at about saddle height. The butt of one handlebar is also clipped to this third cable. Riders are clipped into the cable system via a special mechanism and a safety harness. The system is not intended to replace ordinary biking, only to relieve congested zones. Of course it is too early to talk about mass use. At the beginning it could be a special designed adventure line or a touristic line in the city.

As someone who rides his bike daily through the treacherous streets of San Francisco, I’m loving this idea.

[ via Industrial Design Served ]

Posted: by Ike Edeani | In: Product | 9 Comments

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  2. Jck says:

    This is really foolish– have you ever ridden a mountain bike Inc rutted roads? The tires do everything they can to break out of the ruts– which means alot of people dangling from s
    safety wires above, and bikes plunging on to people

    • Ike says:

      While I’ve never ridden a mountain bike on rutted roads, this CONCEPT is quite different. A bike moving on an overhead steel gutter with a safety line clipped to a handlebar (did you miss this part?) would be considerably more stable.

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  4. Matt Cooper says:

    What happens at intersections?

    And how do you change direction?

    and what happens if someone stops, can you over-take people?

    Does anyone supervise the boarding process?

    will birds clog it up?

    i could go on…

    • Ike says:

      All very good questions Matt., thanks for the comment.

      - I’d imagine you could install lights much like regular intersections.
      - How do you change direction on a one-way street?
      - I’m pretty sure birds would fly off when they see a bike rolling towards them.

      My question is a bit more obvious: how do you board the damn thing in the first place??

      At the end of the day, it’s just a concept, and as such does not have to be completely figured out, it just needs to generate interest, and it certainly does that…

  5. Andy says:

    This post illustrates my problem with more accessible and powerful digital design solutions:

    Here we have very technical and comprehensive diagrams (check original post for more), and a very realistic looking rendering of a concept that this “designer” has never even thought of building in any sort of real-life form.

    I once did a really detailed drawing of a jet-pack that also serves frozen yogurt, is that industrial design?

  6. cvm says:

    not everyone is the perfect cyclist, people will fall off

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