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Five’ll Get You Ten or Eleven

This human/solar/electric-powered vehicle was originally going to be five feet long, for personal use or as a pedicab with one passenger. In the process of being designed and constructed As it was forming, it became apparent that making the second compartment a foot longer, and a foot wider, could carry a wheelchair as well, or additional riders. Upon further reflection, it was realized that the same polycarbonate, now acting as a ramp, could also be designed to convert into a platform and carry a number of additional passengers. When not in use, all of this becomes the entry door to the second compartment. The roof carries a solar panel and the entire vehicle is designed to be enclosed in a weather-protecting, clear, shell. Now, fully deployed it is 11’ long, but only 3’ wide. There are intended to be two versions of this vehicle. One, as currently pictured, is largely made of aluminum and polycarbonate, both fairly expensive materials. The second is intended to use the same basic design, but to be constructed primarily out of available materials, wood 2x4s, etc. Both are slated to use $125 “transport” wheelchairs, employed to carry patients from their rooms to the curb as…


Multi-posture Weatherized Trike One version allows the rider to determine his posture when moving, from standing straight up to sitting or leaning or even practically lying down. Since maximum visibility is needed to provide safety, conspicuous extensions are deployed above the vehicles, aided by LEDs, to make certain that trucks, vans, buses, and cars are able to be aware of their presence at all times. Contact Steven Stollman: Email | Tel. 212 431 0600

The testimony

The following is testimony was given by me at the hearing at DOT today, May 29th, regarding the new rules covering e-bikes: The flowering, here in its most natural and needed environment, of human-powered, with modest electric assistance, and human-scale transportation, is the best remedy for the damage inflicted by 100 years of control of this vital aspect of our lives by the mining and manufacturing industries. Using tons of materials to move us from place to place within urban spaces, when tens of pounds will do just as well, makes sense only to those selling us this mistake, pound by pound, year after year. When I asked a Swiss participant in the “Tour de Sol” electric vehicle event in 1989 why a country with only 6 million people had 90 percent of all of the solar vehicles in the world, he replied “We have no car company and we have no oil company” Your actions today are opening the door much wider to a fully sustainable future. You are to be congratulated for that. Now please apply your new awareness to similar vehicles, like pedicabs and cargo delivery vehicles, that have the potential to replace dangerous, oversized, and polluting…

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A Movement

AM is a loose confederation of like-minded individuals from around the planet, who want to use the evolution of transport design and provision, using human and solar energy, as a means to create mobility systems that are safe and efficient, and accessible to all, and as healthful, beautiful, unique, and ubiquitous as possible, as soon as possible.

How to build a human/solar-powered vehicle

Find some old, discarded, broken, or unused bikes of any description. Find a pad of paper and a pencil or pen and look in the library for helpful information. Begin to imagine what a different kind of vehicle might look like and how it might work. Call a friend or two so that this can begin to be a cooperative group project Make a poster with an email describing this project and what you hope to accomplish. Find some unused space to work or put the request for one on the information poster. Contact local hardware, and second-hand stores, to ask them to contribute needed materials. Offer all local businesses the opportunity to sponsor and provide resources for the group. Collect a basic hand and power tool kit and selection of nuts and bolts, tape, epoxy, etc. Offer other locals, with an interest in this process, the opportunity to become involved. See if there are engineers, mechanics, artists, craftspeople, or anyone willing to pitch in. Let the local media know what you are doing so they can publicize and help you. Post your progress on so you can invite comments and help. Follow the advances that other groups are making and…