Are bikes the answer to global warming? It’s hard to say but it would most likely make an impact on the climate if more people were to ride a bike instead of driving a car. The Danish-founded company, Sanitov, is trying to disseminate the more CO2-friendly way of transportation by launching two new bicycles; movE and speeD.
Sanitov is a London-based company driven by the hope of contributing to a more sustainable future. The small company has an excessive interest in the environment and the complex issues tied to it and hopes that their designs can contribute to a more sustainable urban future. The founder and designer at Sanitov, Alexander Høst, explains that cities are an important factor to Sanitov as both the cargo bike and single speed bike are designed with an urban audience in mind.
“Cities fascinate us: what does it mean to live in a city and what is good urban life? Everyone should feel welcome to use our bikes but we have targeted our first two bicycles at city dwellers,” explains Alexander Høst.
Even though Denmark has a long tradition of biking, the Sanitov bicycles draw inspiration from all over the world. Alexander Høst had an idea for a cargo bike which was a functional, stylish and affordable alternative to the cargo bikes already on the market. This thought became the foundation for movE.
“Our cargo bike is based on a traditional Chinese load bike. The model has its load in the back rather than the front – something which improves its handling in traffic and forward vision. Also, having only one wheel in front further reduces the radius needed to turn the bicycle – handy in tight situations. Both aspects contribute to the utility of the cargo bike,” Alexander tells.
It has taken six years of hard, dedicated work to develop the Sanitov bicycles. During this period, the bikes have been tested and trimmed to perfection, making sure that they live up to a high standard of finish and performance. Besides bikes, the concept also includes a GPS system and, later this year, an app. The GPS is useful if the bike is misplaced or stolen but also makes it possible to track the bike through the city. The app is still under construction but the purpose is to service the bike owner in the best possible way, with stats on what good the rider does for the environment in correlation with CO2 emission reduction and their own health by counting burnt calories.
“We want to contribute to making the urban future more sustainable but also more enjoyable. We are currently developing an app that will assist the bike owner with a number of tasks. We want the app to cater to a community of urban dwellers and, if possible, tie this community together. Ideally, the app will be a socially and economically sustainable platform for the so-called sharing economy,” states Alexander.
movE was launched earlier this month, while speeD will be on the market later this year.