Copenhagen Wheel


Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem
for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also
function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture
the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need
a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion,
and road conditions in real-time.


Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes
a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and
lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you.
As you cycle, the wheel’s sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and
information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide,
NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity. Access this data
through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes,
to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends on the go.
You can also share your data with friends, or with your city - anonymously
if you wish – thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of
environmental information from which we can all benefit.


If you are interested in owning a wheel, producing, licensing or distributing, please contact Superpedestrian for more information.

The Copenhagen Wheel was unveiled on December 15, 2009 at the COP15
United Nations Climate Conference. The project was conceived and developed
by the SENSEable City Lab for the Kobenhavns Kommune.

For additional information and other inquiries, please contact:


Carlo Ratti , Director
Assaf Biderman , Associate Director
Eric Baczuk , Project Leader - Second Phase
Christine Outram , Project Leader - First Phase
Leigh Christie, Engineer
Otto Ng, Architect
Pierfrancesco Spagnol, Engineer
James Simard, GIS Analyst
Rex Britter
Andrea Cassi
Xiaoji Chen
Jennifer Dunnam
Paula Echeverri
Myshkin Ingawale
Ari Kardasis
E Roon Kang
David Lee
Vincenzo Manzoni
Sey Min
Max Tomasinelli, Photographer
Mark Yen

The Copenhagen Wheel is featured on the 'Mystic' by Cinelli.