Stathis Stasinopoulos built his first bike so that he could get to and from work in Athens more easily. At the time, he could not have imagined that his idea would see him set up his own business in Bremen. We visited the entrepreneurial engineer in his new workshop in the north of Bremen.
1,100 kilometres – that is the distance that Stasinopoulos covered every month commuting to and from work in Athens. That is around 25 kilometres each way by bike and on the metro. This was no mean feat in Athens, as the city lacks the well-maintained cycle routes we are so used to in Bremen. “Only 1 per cent of the Greek population use a bicycle, so there are very few cycle paths,” Stasinopoulos says. Neither a racing bike nor a mountain bike were suitable for his route on the metro and through the city, so the 41-year-old engineer developed his own folding bike, the FP, short for Folding Project.