Gallery: Electric Transit Backpack Lets You Fly Through City Streets


Remember Kolelinia, the crazy urban tight rope system for biking? Martin Angelov, the Bulgarian architect who created Kolelinia, has come up with yet another crazy form of urban transportation– this time it’s a backpack harness system with a network of wires strung all over the city. All you have to do is strap on the battery-powered harness, hop onto a wire and start flying around the city. It may be science fiction now, but someday this could be a reality.

Recently presented at TEDx conference in Thessaloniki, and based on Kolelinia, the flying bicycle lanes constructed from taut steel wires, Kolelinio goes a step further, making the efficient urban transport system accessible to anyone, even those with disabilities. Each person has their own backpack composed of a harness, a battery bag, and a light engine that runs on the Kolelinia wire mechanism.

Taut steel wires would be strung throughout the urban core of a city, and would end at intersections, allowing “riders” to change directions as easily as if they were crossing the street. Wire trunk lines would shoot out to the outskirts and suburbs of the city where people can hop on anywhere, minimizing the need for cars, heavy roads and infrastructure and significantly reducing pollution. It’s certainly crazy, but definitely cool and imagine what kinds of chase scenes could be accomplished with this technology!

+ Kolelinia


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  1. begonias89 November 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    anyone heard of using gravity and magnets to power mini trolleys on zip lines? curiousity got me this far, seems like someone else would’ve fleshed that idea out all ready. just lookin to be pointed in cool directions, thanks

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  5. deekan5 May 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    It won\’t work. People are too fat. We should all just be walking or biking in the city.

  6. davidwayneosedach May 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Now you’re talking! I hope I live long enough to try it out!

  7. Eric Hunting May 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    This isn\’t science fiction. It already exists. It\’s called a \’banana monorail\’ and has been a common fixture of plantations and vineyards for almost a century.

    I think this designer has some innovative approaches to components for this type of transit system, but using it in an urban setting in back-pack form is probably a bit far-fetched. Where this really has potential application is in the developing world and as the basis of long distance materials transit for lunar and Mars outposts, owing to the fact that it\’s components are light and can be pre-fabbed.

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