Cardboard Bicycle by Israeli Inventor Izhar Gafni: $20 Project to Change the World

Israeli Inventor to Change the World With a $20 Cardboard Bicycle -- Hold up paper cutting guys and gals in the house! If you have been having fun doing all those paper cut shapes and models of different types, here comes the real deal for a paper cut bicycle. Meet the cardboard bicycle invented by Izhar Gafni.

With all the buzzes on non-motorized transportation, green house gas emission, environmental degradation and sustainable transportation in general, this newly invented bicycle made from cardboard materials is very timely. If we can have this kind of technological innovation with the raw materials from nature, plus a religious support from the government, we can save on many things and solve multiple urban and regional issues.

Here is Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni with his cardboard bicycle while at Moshav Ahituv, central Israel. He is holding a bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard. Gafni has a vision that this kind of transportation has the greatest potential to inhibit changes in the hearts of the masses from within the most congested cities of the world to the marginalized populations of Africa.
Izhar Gafni is fifty years old (50 y.o.) and is an amateur cycling enthusiast who has been dreaming of making a bicycle using cardboard. He underwent several trials and errors in his pursuit of such a mechanical masterpiece. Now, since his prototype unit has proven its worth for a mass production, the project will definitely push through in a few months.
I was always fascinated by applying unconventional technologies to materials and I did this on several occasions. But this was the culmination of a few things that came together. I worked for four years to cancel out the corrugated cardboard's weak structural points
Making a cardboard box is easy and it can be very strong and durable, but to make a bicycle was extremely difficult and I had to find the right way to fold the cardboard in several different directions. It took a year and a half, with lots of testing and failure until I got it right
Gafni estimated this kind of bicycle may cost around $20, which is around 850 Philippine Peso.
Izhar Gafni at Work in his shop / Photo: http://articles.nydailynews.com
Such is the kind of drive and determination that we can contemplate from Mr. Gafni. If he gets the right support and motivation and a sincere back up from his government to promote this sustainable technology, the world is surely one step towards sustainability in many aspects.

I know we've heard about a lot of great inventions by Filipino talents in the Philippines but sad to remark that some of them have already gone into oblivion. We must preserve such kind of works and let them propagate to our advantage.

Now I am excited to see the world's first ever cardboard bicycle! Are you?

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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/

1 comment:

  1. WOW! What a creation! I'm sure the technology for this will become even better in a few years. We have our own bamboo bicycles here in the Philippines, and one version is even rated to be good enough as a triathlon bike! We had one for a sustainability exhibit earlier this year at DLSU and it could be carried quite comfortably with one hand. Talk about lightweight.

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