The FLIZ concept represents an expansion of urban mobility for different users. The starting point for this was the investigation of the walking machine of Baron Karl von Drais, the forerunner of the bicycle.
I’m sorry, but I’d expect more from
German engineers – this to me is daylight madness. So one can run, pick up one’s legs and coast at times – but one must be strapped in, which takes time and can’t be very comfortable. If one had to bail (and had a quick-release buckle), one would still be run over by the rear wheel (and this infernal machine can’t be that light) after falling flat onto the ground. More likely one would be carried into the lake at the bottom of the hill, or into an intersection threatened by a bus…
And I’m not sure von Drais designed anything this goofy – his hobbyhorse that I’m familar with at least had a seat and tasked gravity with keeping one mounted.
What about descending a hill on this contraption? Where would you rest your feet? The more I think about it the stupider it seems. It must be a hoax.
The scooter – or for that matter the bicycle – isn’t going to be improved on very much save through refinements in materials. This reminds me of why I stopped reading GizMag (where I first saw this) for pleasure.
Bob Dymond thinks that
this may qualify as a genuine chindōgu. Some regard the footbike as a similar device. Though it may be unintended, he’s poking fun at the extent humans will go to avoid walking.
I want to be charitable, so maybe it is satire. Sure.
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