Abandoning a 20-year career in information technology, HENRY CHONG has become an industrial designer.  His pride and joy is the LIFEBIKE, a compact, lightweight two-wheeler, designed for city commuting.  It weighs 15 kilograms, including the lithium battery, gets up to 30 kilometres on five cents of electricity – and it’s good looking.


HENRY CHONG: “There are currently 150 million electric bikes in use worldwide.  But I believe no one has yet created a design best suited for how people live in cities like TORONTO, in small spaces as dictated by condos.  The freedom from congestion and costly transportation options can be extremely empowering.”


A graduate of OCADU’s industrial design program, Mr. Chong developed the LIFEbike as his thesis project. He sought the assistance of MaRS Discovery District, a mission-driven innovation centre located in TORONTO. MaRS works with partners to accelerate innovation.  Its faith in the LIFEbike seems to be paying off.



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