Remember the Ridekick? It’s a little bicycle trailer that carries things like groceries, but that also provides a power boost to the bike towing it, thanks to its integrated electric motor. Well, now there’s a new version of the Ridekick that carries kids, too.
The Ridekick Child Trailer contains a hub motor in one of its two wheels, which is powered by a swappable battery pack located in the back of the trailer. One battery should allow the rider to cover at least 15 miles (24 km) without pedaling, reaching a top speed of 19 mph (30.6 km/h). Of course, most riders would likely use the motor intermittently, relying on their own pedaling power for much of the ride. Recharge time for the battery is about three hours.
Speed is controlled using a handlebar-mounted throttle. The trailer reportedly works with any bicycle, which is one of the neat things about the system – you have an electric-assist bike when you need one, that converts back to a standard bike simply by unhooking the trailer.
Production funds for the Ridekick Child Trailer are currently being raised on Indiegogo. A pledge/deposit of US$249 will put you in line for a trailer of your own, at the reduced total price of $749. The planned retail price is $899.
The trailer can be seen in use in the video below.