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Pedal-assisted electric city buses for the passengers to have fun

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 29, 2021
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Pedal-assisted small electric busses that drive passengers around city centers. People can optionally pedal along and see their impact on a display.

  • A fun, team-building activity where people collaborate to make an impact.
  • Physical workout for the passengers.
  • A note-worthy city attraction.
How it works

If all the seats are full and every passenger exerts 60% of their power, they should be able to generate enough electricity for the bus to slowly chug along without additional battery power.

The bus driver can play the role of a facilitator and periodically challenge people to games. "Hey everybody, let's see if we can reach that intersection on pedal-power alone?" The live display would show how much effort every seat is putting in.

The idea was inspired by Michaela's bus stop gym idea.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 29, 2021
Perhaps, instead of a bus, modelling a vehicle to resemble a Tuk-Tuk may be more energy efficient. While there would be fewer potential pedalers, the decreased weight of the vehicle could require less energy. The main reason for this would be that a bus would always have to be filled to capacity for the system to work. If a bus that could seat 10 people only had the driver and one or two other people on board, it would be difficult for them to generate enough power, while a vehicle that only seats three or four people might be powered by just one or two.
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
As I understood such buses wouldn't be charged only by pedaling, they would be hybrid busses that run on electrical energy from the batteries, the batteries could be charged by pedaling but also in the charging stations. Such busses should always have enough charged battery power to run even if no one pedaled during the day.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
That's why pedaling is optional. Even if the bus had only a few passengers they could pedal and gather their points for free fares. If the buses were car-sized there would have to be more of them. In turn that would bother pedestrians in the city center no-traffic areas.
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Competition and marketing in one

Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Oct 22, 2021
It could be great to have neon lights on the outside of the bus that would light up with various strength levels when the passengers are really going fast on the pedals. When the group reaches a top power production level, a bolt sign on the side could get lit up.
Just a nice way to gamify the experience and it can even be used for competition when there are organized tours with multiple busses at the same time. Jeep safaris in exotic tourist locations compete with water fights when they pass each other. While this would be a resource-saving, rather than wasting competition.
I don't think it would take that much energy to power those lights so it would be worth it in terms of saving money on the marketing too.
Weekly leaderboard winners in terms of kilowatts per hour created could get a different tour for free.
Definitely should have the speakers sound a loud "Yabba dabba doo" from the Flintstones when a certain threshold of power creation is reached. :)
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi3 years ago
I think this is a fantastic idea especially for the physical activity opportunity it presents. It can be the bus equivalent of riding a bicycle to work with the advantage of being more comfortable and if you get tired other people will cover up for you.

To make people more interested, I think points should be awarded based on how much effort they put in. These points can then be converted to bus tickets when they accumulate to a certain point.

That way, people have more reasons to take the buses and engage in the pedaling.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Agreed. It would be nice if people can log into their account and accumulate the energy points they put in. They can use the points to pay for future fares.

Optionally the monthly best energy contributors could be listed on the bus's hall-of-fame.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
Darko Savic Oguntola Tobi Rewarding people for their activity is a great idea. The idea is already a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to standard public transport, being able to "work" for your fair would make it financially beneficial as well. I don't think this would be a complicated system to introduce. Patrons would simply swipe their bus pass at their seat when they get on and get off, the same system that then calculates your fair could be linked to your pedals, which could then measure how much you contribute and subtract that from your fees.
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