Many of us at GreenCupboards bike to work. We love using alternative modes of transportation. But so far, no one in our office has yet to pull up on one of these “bikes”:
Japanese company, TOTO, just released a poo powered motorbike, canned the Toilet Bike Neo. Yes, you read it right. This bike is powered by poop! Talk about recycling. Who comes up with these ideas? This three-wheeled device is fueled by biogases that are in livestock waste. TOTO, most known for creating toilets and urinals, made the Toilet Bike Neo as a way to promote their new environmental innovations in water saving toilets and showerheads. Unlike the seat would suggest, the Toilet Bike Neo is not intended to be used as a functional toilet, or to run on human poop. The bike is equipped with a 250cc engine and can travel 180 miles on one tank of animal waste. We want to know if the bike smells? If it does, we’d hate to be the one driving behind this bike (especially stuck in traffic). GreenCupboards Chairmen Tom Simpson, who is fond of “toilet humor” was quiet pleased to be forwarded this link, replying, “I am flushed with appreciation that you would send this to me, can’t keep a lid on my gratitude.” Tom is also our in house comedian.
TOTO’s newest invention is not the only bike that recently caught our attention. German engineers took the gears off a traditional bike to create the petal-less bike, sold by FLIZ. Watching a demonstration of the petal-less bike shows a rider harnessed into the frame in a superman pose cruising over the pavement occasionally putting their feet down in a run movement to gain momentum. While some people around the office commented that the bike looked fun and good for use around college campuses, others blatantly stated that it looked a little too silly.