Eco-bike aims to cut pollution in Kathmandu

LAWRENCE – Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The truth of that saying was revealed once again to Lance Rake when he traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, last year to develop a delivery version of the bamboo bicycles for which he is known.

Without what he called proper tools or even flat surfaces on which to work, the University of Kansas professor of industrial design and his partners at Nepal’s Abari Foundation developed a working prototype of an electric-assisted, bamboo-bodied tricycle whose use holds the promise of reducing pollution in the historic city center.

Last spring, Rake won a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for his proposal to spend six months in Australia and Nepal, working on…

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