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Sperm bike comes to Seattle

Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics, in Seattle Nov. 8, 2011.

Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank places a transportation container aboard the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics, in Seattle, Nov. 8, 2011.

From MarketWire:

Seattle has become the second city to showcase a 'sperm bike' making sperm deliveries from a sperm bank to fertility clinics. The European Sperm Bank, one of the largest in Europe and located in Copenhagen, Denmark -- perhaps the world's most bike-friendly city -- made news reports globally after it began deliveries in a custom-designed bike with a cooling system built inside the 'sperm head' for storing tanks with sperm specimens.

The company's CEO, Peter Bower, says, "The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility clinics in a CO2-friendly way. Then we realized that the bike could promote both cycling and the need for donors to help childless families around the world."

The European Sperm Bank's Seattle lab (www.europeanspermbankusa.com) worked with Portland's Splendid Cycles and Antimatter.com to construct the sperm structure, built of Jesmonite on top of a Bullitt cargo bike. With the tail, the bike is 9 1/2 feet long and weighs about 110 pounds fully loaded. The Seattle version includes a small electrical motor to give riders a boost on Seattle's many hills (unlike flat Copenhagen, where the assist is not needed).