Pinoy bamboo bike featured in Reuters and The Huffington Post
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The Philippines’ bamboo-made bicycles or the "BamBike" was featured last week in international publications Reuters and The Huffington Post.
Reuters reports, "Manila in the Philippines is one of the most congested and polluted capitals in the world but one local entrepreneur is doing what he can to introduce a new, green sensibility to the city." Bryan McClelland of Bamb Ecological Technology said bamboo is "one of the greenest building materials on earth so bicycles built out of bamboo are, more or less, the greenest way to get around."
According to the The Huffington Post, local skilled laborers built the bicycles from cut and dried bamboo lumber and Manila hemp fibers.
In a report last year, ABS-CBN News said the BamBike has a "higher strength-to-weight ratio than the ordinary steel bikes" and is "lighter at 18 kilograms compared to the typical 25-kilogram bike." Late last year, the electronic BamBike was introduced. It can go as far as 35 kilometers and needs five hours to fully charge the engine, reports ABS-CBN News.