There’s a story making the rounds about a guy who has invented a bicycle nearly entirely made of cardboard. In short, they told him it couldn’t be done, and he went and proved them wrong – the best kind of story. Apparently they think it can be marketed for 20 bucks, which will make a huge difference in developing countries. Here in Namibia, for instance, you can see people along the fringes of town and in rural areas spend enormous parts of their day doing the most basic things – like getting water. How long does it take to walk 10 kilometers and back? I bet it’s longer than it takes me to walk to the tap in the kitchen. The time lost carrying out tasks that most of us quickly accomplish using a car (or walking to the tap, or plugging a phone charger in the wall) is a big factor in maintaining and increasing the rich-poor divide.
Take a look at the video (which is also pretty good) and see how he came up with his invention:
You can learn more about the project, or follow on Facebook, things like that, by viewing the cardboard bike video on Vimeo.