A group of volunteers from Rouen in France has launched a free pedal-powered school bus service for local children.
Concerned by the 75 per cent of school children in their area of France ferried to lessons by car and inspired by a similar service in the Netherlands, the group acquired a pedal-powered school bus and much local support. Each S’cool bus is 1.3 metres wide, 4 metres long and carries ten children to school. The service now carries two bus loads of children to school every day and has a waiting list of passengers, but with each bus costing £10,000 and a reliance on volunteers, it is struggling to expand.
The bus is steered by an adult driver and powered entirely by its passengers, most of whom pedal. The pedal-powered school bus school is a powerful way of allaying the fears of parents reluctant to allow young children to cycle to school on the road.
The 11-seat bus travels at a speed of about 10 mph and has an electric motor to help with hills.
Not ready for pedal-powered public transport, but looking for an environmentally-benign and healthy war to get the kids to school by car? Take a look at the pedal-powered Vauxhall Corsa currently for sale on eBay.
James Roberts of Pearley Bikes set out to build a four-person, pedal-powered car, except instead of starting from scratch, he fitted cycling components into scrapped Corsa, ditching the engine but retaining the lights, electric windows, horn, doors, and mirrors.
The running gear is made from moped and motorcycle parts. The gears between the two rear seats have 21 ratios and are controlled by the center control bar between front two seats. The amazing car is up for sale for £1,600.
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On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the excess you are charged in the event of a claim is just one of the things that varies wildly between providers. Another is so called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use this term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
ETA cycle insurance has a low standard excess of 5% (minimum £25) and offers a new-for-old for life – however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future – just one of the reasons The Good Shopping Guide has voted us to provide the most ethical insurance in Britain.