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People’s Design Award Bestowed on the Trek Lime

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by Jacob Gordon, Nashville, TN on 11. 5.09
When Trek unveiled the Lime back in 2007, the mission was to bring delightful, non-threatening biking to grown-ups. Some nice validation came last week when the Lime won the 2009 People’s Design Award, a subcategory of the prominent National Design Awards. A simple city bike with an upright riding posture, the Lime uses Shimano’s Coasting automatic three-speed transmission (a pretty complex system with a very simple user interface) and a back-pedal brake rather than hand levers. The mid-priced bike also packs a clever storage compartment into the bike’s seat with enough room for keys, cell, and grocery money.

The National Design Awards happen each year at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in Manhattan. Winners of the People’s Design Award are chosen by public online voting. The Trek Lime cruised over almost 200 other nominees, including the iF Mode full-size folding bike from Areaware, the Dyson Air Multiplier, and upcycled umbrella raincoats for dogs.



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