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Pedal Power – Young Scientists Journal
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Pedal Power

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Pedal Power

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Photographer: Emily Phang
I was with my parents and sister visiting Borough Market when I suddenly caught a glimpse of these two pedal-powered vehicles.  I was so curious I quickly took the camera from my Dad and snapped a picture of them as they were pulling away.  I later found out that they are called Pedibus.  They are made of super strong aluminium lightweight material so that each cyclist is carrying no more than a few extra kilos in comparison to 2-wheel cycling.  Each passenger sits on a stool and pedals as he/she would a bicycle.  The power generated is used to drive the wheels through a series of chains and pulleys.  Each Pedibus can take up to 8-passenger crew and has a cruising speed of up to 8.5 km/hr.  CO2 emission is zero as everything is powered by the energy generated by the passengers pedalling.  I think this is an environmentally friendly way of going around and it’s great fun.

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