Παρασκευή, 22 Απριλίου 2011

The 'Sperm Bike' Carries Donor Samples to Fertility Clinics Around Copenhagen


sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Courtesy of European Sperm Bank
The Custom-Made 'Sperm Bullitt': Making a Special Delivery...
Copenhagen is a paradise for cyclists and a city that the rest of the world could learn a lot from. One of the things that make biking so convenient there is the use of cargo bikes (I wish they were more popular in North-America). As you can see above and below, there are all kinds! This one is the 'Sperm Bullitt' and it belongs to the Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank). Read on for more details and pics.

sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Courtesy of European Sperm Bank
The 'sperm bike' is used to carry donor samples to fertility clinics around Copenhagen in an environmentally-friendly way, and it also serves as an attention-grabbing advertisement for the sperm bank.
As you can see above, the samples are carried inside the head of the giant sperm. A cooler compartment was especially designed to carry and keep cool the sperm bank's metal canisters.

sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen/Copenhagenize.com, CC
Building the Sperm Bike
Mikael from Copenhagenize explains:
The Sperm Bike is, like the company's sperm donations, a Danish product and constructed around the Danish Bullitt cargo bike from Larry vs Harry. Producing the Sperm Bike was no easy task. It was constructed by the Danish company 10 Tons - who specialise in zoological and botanical models as well as paleontologic reconstructions, including full-size whales and dinosaurs.
With the tail, the bike is 2.9 metres long and fully-loaded with... um... sperm... it weighs 50 kg.

sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen/Copenhagenize.com, CC

sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen/Copenhagenize.com, CC
From a marketing point of view, this is genius. More companies and NGOs should get custom bikes like this. They would both get environmental benefits and attract attention a lot more than with yet one more billboard-truck...

sperm bike copenhagen photo
Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen/Copenhagenize.com, CC
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Via Copenhagenize, European Sperm Bank
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/sperm-bike-copenhagen-donor-samples-fertility-clinics-bullitt-cargo-bicycle.php?campaign=TH_rotator

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