Turanga Velomobile 2 Requirements

If only humans could be so efficient at transporting themselves as a butterfly

After wrestling with many ideas of what could, should and can be done given the resources at hand, I made a list of the requirements Velomobile 2 should satisfy to make it attractive to people who already use a bike as their primary mode of transportation, are proud of that fact and are looking for a more practical and useful human powered machine.  It is quite dry (just the facts, ma’m) in the way a grocery list fails to portend the delectable dish that is to result so turn off the right side of your brain for a moment and see if this agrees with you intellectually.  What do you think?  Feel free to comment!

Velomobile 2 Requirements

  • 1+1 Seating – ability to carry small child along
  • Stability – Around corners, over bumps, under braking (no rear wheel lift under maximum braking) as well as aerodynamic, at rest, and at high speed
  • Light weight – <45lbs
  • Collapsible for ease of storage and transport, no longer than 8’
  • Quickly convertible from head-in to head-out, ventilation suitable for all seasons
  • Easily fits through 29? doorways
  • High visibility – both rider to outside world and velo to others (pedestrians, car traffic), in day/night and all weather conditions
  • Customizable body to suit different personal preferences and body styles
  • Can be stored in floor area no larger than cross-sectional area of velo
  • Forward, side impact and rollover protection for both rider and pedestrian
  • Easily and quickly lockable and securable
  • Quiet as typical bike
  • Low maintenance and highly abuse tolerant from rough roads, speedbumps, curbs
  • Serviceable by local bike shops
  • Quickly adjustable to suit different size riders
  • Easy ingress/egress
  • Consumer price of $4500


About Suhas Malghan

This blog documents the design and development of environmentally sustainable machines and humane design practice in general; machines that work for humanity as well on the move as they do sitting still.
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