Philippe Starck and Peugeot Design PIBAL City Bike
Alain Juppé, incumbent Mayor of Bordeaux, industrial designer Philippe Starck and Peugeot Cycles have unveiled the first prototype of the PIBAL concept bike.
Bordeaux has witnessed the number of cyclists on its roads triple over the last 15 years. With over 10% of its residents commuting via bike, the city has established itself as a cycling capital. Back in November 2011 the city engaged in a wide-ranging consultation project with its cycle-riding citizens.
Bicyclists were requested to make suggestions on what they would like to see included in the design of a new urban town bike. Approximately 300 people submitted their ideas in response to the city’s invitation.
Designer Philippe Starck has subsequently used some of these suggestions as part inspiration for his PIBAL concept proposal. An interesting feature of his design is the cycle’s dual functionality: The bike can be ridden in a traditional manner with the user seated and working the pedals, or, as an alternative, it can be propelled by a rider pushing off the ground – just like a scooter.
Constructed of aluminium and weighing 16kg, the bike additionally features internal hub gearing and dynamo-driven lights. Manufacturer Peugeot will supply the first 300 bikes to the City of Bordeaux in September 2013; the newly designed PIBAL will eventually phase out the city’s existing fleet of some 3,500 communal bikes.