Friday, June 15, 2007

A pedal-boat for use on land

Get a load of this wild Italian-made vehicle I came across a couple of days ago outside Irvington athletic club. Max came out as I was taking photos of it and gave me a demo while waiting for the rest of his clan. His family piles on and they ride to the pool/tennis club together. Makes a lot more sense than driving a car to another location for the purpose of getting exercise -- which seems to be what most people do.
My. Portland is coming along, isn’t it?

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At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Mindy said...

Wow! That looks like a blast. Did it look easy to handle?

At 9:59 PM, Blogger kate gawf said...

Max said it was easy to steer but impossible to pedal up hills. He also said that you can't change gears unless the thing is completely stopped. In his words, "That part really sucks."

I have to agree that it sounds like a serious engineering flaw.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

I saw THIS in Monterey, CA last year. It's similar, but not as high tech. Can't tell if it's geared or not. A pickup truck version of this would be cool too. You could haul a lot of groceries...

At 7:15 PM, Blogger kate gawf said...

That's one very cool vehicle, Jeff. I can't help wondering what happens if each person at the two steering wheels turns in an opposite direction, though.

I'm glad to hear Monterrey is getting on board with the biking idea. What's amazing about a lot of places in California is - why ANYONE drives a car there in the first place. They've got the weather on their side all year long. Must be a holdover from the forties, when car was king. Let's hope at least they're figuring this out now. Duh.


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