What it Might Take to Reinvent the Wheel

Thursday, May 09, 2013

As part of WGBH's “Right of Way” series, Kara Miller, host of “Innovation Hub” has been considering the future of biking and looking at new inventions and ideas that could potentially make things a whole lot safer, easier, cooler and smarter for bicyclists across the country. Miller’s reporting took her to the M.I.T. Media Lab where graduate students have literally been reinventing the wheel with creations such as the GreenWheel, a wheel equipped with an electric motor to change ordinary pedal-powered bikes into something much more powerful.



Kara Miller

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Comments [3]


nice rip off..
are you guys investigating before you publish?

Jun. 13 2013 07:08 PM
renee killian from Seattle, WA

John, your childhood bicycle story compelled me to share mine from the 1950's.
Bicycles were pretty big in my family, with near nightly rides on the back of my father's bike, keeping one's feet clear of the spokes. Being the youngest of 4 girls, i was the last to get a bicycle of my own. One summer day my mother and i walked the mile to the Goodwill Store and found a red, 28", balloon tire (of course) Buick of a bike for $12. It was all i could do to push that bike the mile home. i then taught myself to ride by coasting down the paved alley a few hundred times. Balance was fairly easy, pedaling was another thing. Braking was the final step when Mr. Russo yelled over from his stoop, for all the world to hear that i was going to wear out my shoes! How i loved that bicycle that bespoke growing up and the feeling of flying.
Nowadays, i still get that same feeling for the first 5 minutes on my custom built, sky blue bike with internal gears and internal anti-lock brakes. The magic is still there. . . i can fly!
Thanks, John, for sharing your story with us.

May. 09 2013 04:53 PM

High-tech bicycles; I saw this on the original DONAHUE show in the 80's as the original mobile computer, not just the semi-portables to be carried.

May. 09 2013 09:43 AM

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