YikeBike, the compact electric bike named by Time Magazine as one of the top inventions of 2009, has won the Supreme Award for Product Design and Gold Award for Consumer Product at the 2010 Best Design Awards. YikeBike also won first place in the International Design Awards “Urban Sustainable Design” category and has been included in the Guinness Book of World records as the most compact electric bike in the world.
The judges of the 2010 Best Design Awards, led by Professor Tony Parker, Head of Massey University’s Institute of Design for Industry and the Environment, said, “This radical piece of design has attracted a great deal of global attention, and no wonder. It takes typical urban commuting solutions, and turns them inside out. This contemporary penny-farthing is a game-changing idea and one where every component and detail has been designed from a single-minded perspective.”
“It’s great to see the YikeBike receiving such high quality awards given the years of design and thought that have gone into it,” says YikeBike founder and CEO Grant Ryan. “The YikeBike has ended up a beautifully engineered product that we are very proud of and it is great to be able to send them out to our first customers.”
“It’s a wonderful sense of freedom and it is very manoeuvrable and looks, may I say, gorgeous,” Mr Oram says. “The ultra-light electric bike is not only genius for speeding between meetings, but folds up into a shoulder bag in just under 20 seconds. Mr Oram says it is perfect for urban mobility. “It’s a brilliant conception of what a bike should be like,” he says. “It’s amazingly light and foldable and therefore, very easy to transport.”
YikeBikes can be bought exclusively at the YikeBike online shop https://shop.yikebike.com/.
About the YikeBike
The result of five years of research and development, the YikeBike mini-farthing has a radically different riding position and steering and wheel configuration, giving a safe smooth ride while folding up to a super small size. The YikeBike mini-farthing is the smallest, and at 10kg, the lightest electric folding bike in the world, enabling people to take it on buses, trains, and cars and store it easily under a desk or in a cupboard.