Imagine waking up in the morning, getting on your bike for the ride to work and when you hit traffic, extending the wings attached to it to fly over the congestion.
That’s the vision of one group of inventors who are making an electric powered ultra-light aircraft that has been built upon a lightweight tricycle frame.
The bike will create a personal and portable aircraft that in theory should be easy to fly.
The best part of the so-called Fly-B is that it will, for a limited time, only cost $12,000 dollars – which is much cheaper than many cars and avoids the hassle of traffic jams and paying for petrol.
The creators say the Fly-B is a: “Radical solution to the commuter blues or for any free spirit wishing to take the high road.”
It has been created by two flying ‘free-thinkers’ and who claim it is the world’s first electric flying bicycle.
As well as the physical cycling power, an electric propulsion system is also included for those who feel like putting their feet up and resting.
No pilots licence will apparently be needed as the device is said to fall under US regulations for ultra-light aircraft.
The creators say the designs involved weeks of engineering and when not in use the bike-come-aircraft can be folded up and put in the corner of a garage.
The creators have now put the vehicle out to a crowd funding campaign which they believe is the best way to raise manufacturing funds.
They say: “The Fly-B is an ideal Indiegogo project: not suited to large corporate mass market appeal, but able to tap an energetic niche market of adventure-oriented free spirits already involved (or wanting to be) in the recumbent bicycle movement and ultralight aircraft.”
We can’t see the project taking off but there’s no reason not to dream big when it comes to flying personal transport: every slightly crazy, but successful idea has to start somewhere.
That said, the funding target set on the bike’s crowdfunding target is set at $28,000 – which is much lower than many aim to achieve, such as a recent flying car that was looking for €2.25m.
The money is to be used to finance the tooling and production equipment for the initial production runs.
Al money that is raised will go to the project, even if it does not hit its modest target.