You’ve just gobbled down a piece of half-burnt toast, thrown on the most ragged looking of work get-ups, and practically tripped over yourself as you ran out the door to hop in ... er, on ... your bicycle? Yes, getting your sloppy self to work in the morning can definitely be hectic, and when your work lobby doesn't exactly have bike racks abounding, the last thing you want to do is tote around your cumbersome two-wheeler.

But with Strida's 5.0 folding bike, you can keep your weekday transportation practically bulk-free. Weighing in at less than 20 pounds, and made to fold up in a mere six seconds, this bicycle can easily be stored in your cubicle during the day or conveniently packed away in a suitcase (albeit a large one) when you travel. And cruising around on this cute little cycle means cutting down on carbon emissions you would normally contribute to the atmosphere by driving a car, or taking some sort of subway or bus.  Taking care of the planet — who knew it would feel just like taking a ride through the park?

Story by Alison Sherbach. This article originally appeared in Plenty in February 2008. This story was added to


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