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    The Shweeb: bicycle meets monorail

    Is this the future ?
    first-of-its-kind pedal-system monorail

    http://www.shweeb.co.nz/

    Do you think this would really work for transit ? or just for fun ?

    HEADLINE: Google's Vision of the Future? Bicycle Meets Monorail http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS400823520620100925

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    Monorails are kind-of cool in that Disney-theme-park way, and recumbents are efficient bicycles — if entirely unsuitable for daily, urban cycling. But combining the two is something not even the worst sci-fi writer would conjure up.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Is this the future ?
    first-of-its-kind pedal-system monorail

    http://www.shweeb.co.nz/

    Do you think this would really work for transit ? or just for fun ?
    For transit? No way. Top speed would be limited by the slowest Shweeber along the line. It's also not ADA compliant, for obvious reasons. It might be a fun recreational activity at someplace like a campground.
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    It seems to me like these have a million issues waiting to happen. What if one just stays empty. Do you have to push it along? What if the homeless start sleeping in them? What about trash, pee, etc.

    They are cool in concept, but I don't see them working in reality. Why not just get real monorails?
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