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Would You Cycle Upstairs Rather Than Taking an Elevator?

Video October 2, 2018  |  Text by Petra Baumruková Text by Petra Baumruková

You currently have two ways to get to the upper meeting room – either get into the elevator or take the stairs. And what would you say to a special bike Vycle?

The Imperial College and the Royal College of Art graduate, Elena Larriba, has interfered this over a hundred-years-old dichotomy of vertical transport of people in the buildings, when she mounted rails, gears and gears on the wall.

"Stairs are bulky and unattractive, especially in high rise buildings where people don't often use them, and lifts require a lot of energy in order to move one person a couple of meters up," says Larriba. So she invented the vertical bike Vycle, a cyclical movement system which is balanced with counterweights, leaving the user's body as the only weight to overcome. Similar to a bike's, it allows the user to decide how much effort they want to put into ascending or descending.

So would you push the pedals?