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THE INTERMODAL BIKE - Research Program

Folding super-compact bike

General Info

Project - Wp Ergonomics

Multi-modal Integration of cycling mobility through product and process innovations in bicycle design.
Funding: European (7th RTD Framework Programme) - FP7 - SST "Bike Intermodal"

Research project's period

2010 – 2014

Project director 

Alessandro Belli - Urban Technologies, Italy

Scientific Responsible of WP Ergonomics

Francesca Tosi - University of Florence - Department of Architecture DIDA

Team of WP Ergonomics

Alessandra Rinaldi (Scientific Coordinator)
University of Florence - Department of Architecture DIDA
Alessia Brischetto (collaborator)
University of Florence - Department of Architecture DIDA


Grazia Tucci and Valentina Bonora
University of Florence - DICEA Dep., Laboratory of Geomatics for Conservation GECO 
Vincenzo Cupelli, Giulio Arcangeli, and Marco Petranelli
University of Florence - Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Health Services Research Section


Trilix, Italia - Ticona, Germany - Maxon Motors, Switzerland - ATAF, Italy - LPP Ljubjana, Slovenia - Urban Technologies, Italy - University of Florence - Department of Architecture DIDA


General Objective                                                                                                       
The research project, funded by the European Union within the 7th Framework Programme, was aimed to design a folding bike, super-compact and super-light with electrically assisted pedaling, that is an efficient means of transport for the urban mobility.
The work starts from the idea that the synergy between the bicycle as a means of urban transport and public transport systems (train, tram, metro, bus) and / or private means of transport (taxi, car) can increase the modal share of bicycle on the total of urban and suburban travels, and also can have an effect to discourage the use of private cars in city centers.


The contribution of the Ergonomics & Design Laboratory (LED)

The WP Ergonomics provided acceptable range of possible posture configurations, to ensure maximum pedaling efficiency, to protect the spinal column, neck and arms from the effects of stressing, and to ensure the effectiveness and control of the vehicle.
Furthermore, it was evaluated and optimized the product usability as perceived and real comfort and pleasure, both during the pedaling action and that transportation, and in relation to the product context of use.



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