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Green Pods for Bikes
The Green Pod is a modular bike pod from Brisbane's Penny Farthings Pushbikes.
It is about the size of a parking space for one car and comes in two configurations, one that has a single shower and changing room along with 10 lockers and parking for as many bicycles, and another with double those facilities.
The Green Pod has a solar hot water system, electronic locking system, LED lighting activated by motion sensors, timed showers and a grey water treatment unit that discharges grey water into green areas. The unit can be integrated into indoor or outdoor applications, and it operates on a 12V DC system that can be powered by solar panels on the roof. Also part of the pod is a self-cleaning mechanism that can detect when no one's inside and lock its doors for some self-cleaning, according to a report in Catapult. Access is via swipe card for registered users.
The first Green Pod is now being used at Queensland University of Technology’s Kelvin Grove campus, and Penny Farthing is also talking with Queensland Rail about tailoring a pod for bicyclist commuters, Catapult reported. Indeed, the modularity of the Green Pod's design and its diminutive stature give it the potential to be more flexible and easily accommodated than many built-in solutions.