The present FP7-SST research deals with the possible synergy of the bicycle and all other forms of transport, public and private, for a sort of "fluid", seamless, individual urban transport.
It is an idea circulating at least from the seventies, gaining popularity in recent years, but not yet matched by a bike technology able to deliver on the "vision".
Currently available models, some excellent products, fall into a weight and dimension bracket that hasn't improved in over thirty years: 12-15 kg and in average over 150 cubic decimeters (litres), as a large suitcase.
BIKE INTERMODAL has set out to challenge those two parameters, aiming to improve significantly on them, seeking a "threshold level" of weight and volume below which the original "vision" would be met, possibly expanding the number of the "intermodal bikers".
Halving, for instance, the weight with respect to the average would make the bike appealing also to women, for which the current weight is well above the pain line, and help men, too.