If British inventor Mijevic Miroslav has his way, a bike ride will no longer evoke memories of climbing up steep hills. Instead it will be as easy as pushing the gas pedal in a car except for the fact that the Cycle Sol is solar powered.
The Cycle Sol is similar to normal bikes except that it comes with a yellow canopy, which not only provides shade, but is also lined up with solar cells. As the cyclist pedals on a nice sunny day, the cells catch the sun's rays, which charge up a battery that propels a small electric motor hidden in the rear wheel of the bicycle. With a little peddling and help from the motor, the rider can zoom at speeds of up to 15mph. However, if the cyclist feels like a bit of exercise, he can turn off the electric motor with a switch and exert away!
No Sun? - Not a problem. Simply charge the bike by plugging it into a normal electrical socket. An additional feature that adds to the riders' comfort is the handlebars. They are situated at either side of the bike instead of the front, so the rider can simply lean back, relax and ride!
Mr. Miroslav designed this bike for people who would love to take a 'green' mode of transportation to work, but did not want to exert themselves by riding an ordinary bike. The Cycle Sol is still in concept stage and Mr. Miroslav is hoping that he can interest a manufacturer to build it. He believes it would be very popular with people. What do you think? Would you ride a bike like this to school? Be sure to write your comments below.