Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Top 7 Most Exciting Alternative Modes of Transport in Israel

Folding cars and scooters, a cardboard bike, a no-impact wheel and a ‘floating’ rapid transit system are here or soon to appear in Israel

By: Karin Kloosterman

Published: April 16th, 2014 in Business » Israel

Israelis like to get around. They live fast, they move faster, and they’re lucky that their Mediterranean nation doesn’t have snow, tornadoes or raging ice storms to slow them down.

Dealing with heavy intra-city traffic can be a bummer, but Israelis have made applications like Moovit to help you find a bus faster; and GetTaxi to eliminate the need to hail a cab. In Tel Aviv, short-term Tel-O-Fun bike rental stations are set up all over the city.

Local innovators are designing their own modes of urban locomotion. We look at seven of the coolest inventions hitting the pavement –– and the air –– in Israeli cities.

1. The City Transformer is an electric two-seat car that folds down to fit in parking spaces for motorcycles. Still in the prototype stage, and needing further investment, this mini folding car weighs about 880 pounds and could solve the parking and emissions problems in Israeli cities. Foldable cars were already imagined in the 1940s, but today’s minds and materials may make them a real possibility.

2. Young Israelis love electric bikes and scooters. MyWay has designed an attractive, foldable, city-style electric scooter that fits in a backpack –– perfect for the last mile, whether it’s from train station to office or bus stop to library. MyWay, already for sale, aims to be the convenient scooter of choice.

3. Nimrod Sapir, designer of the MyWay scooter, also developed the Taga cargo bike. Matthew McConaughey has been spotted with his son on one, as have well-to-do Tel Avivians who have found a way to import them from the Netherlands, where they are being marketed and distributed. Taga can turn into a stroller, too — especially convenient in cities with small spaces between aisles and on sidewalks. The additional wooden box with seats for two kids makes it a dream ride for parents and tots alike.

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