If you aren’t crazy about the idea of commuting to work because of unsafe roads, construction, the lack of bike infrastructure or just the distance you would have to travel but still want to make the most of your travel time then a new spin class called Ride2Rebel might just be working on the solution for you.
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London-based Rebel1 is trialing a commuter bus equipped with spin bikes, a spin studio on wheels. A similar project in Boston launched in 2015 but is still working to get off the ground.
Boston’s BusBike was started by a married couple of spin instructors Eric and Seema Brodie. The idea speaks to a common concern among many would-be cyclists who want to commute to work but just don’t feel comfortable enough on the roads to do so. By fitting a commuter bus with a spin studio, BikeBus and Ride2Rebel envision a future where commuters can ride as a group in a safe controlled environment as they commute to work.
“Regular biking to and from work is right for a lot of people,” the Bike Bus FAQ reads. “But in the Boston area, it’s not always right for everyone, even more so when the weather is adverse and the days are shorter. That’s where BikeBus fits in. Even though the bikes in Boston start to disappear as the last of the leaves fall from the trees, that doesn’t mean your body stops needing exercise.”
Participants of BikeBus get strapped in with a patented chest harnesses to hold them in place when the bus comes to an abrupt stop or hits a pot-hole. The bus is equipped to carry eight cyclists and an instructor.
As of now, BikeBus use a diesel bus but harnessing the power generated by the riders on the spin bikes to fuel a hybrid bus could make the project more environmentally friendly and may be more enticing for potential users.
The Ride2Rebel project already has 2,133 signups and plans to offer service from four parts of London; Clapham Common, Angel, Kensington High St. and Stratford.