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Top 6 Sensational Pedal-Powered Designs

Posted By Diane Pham On February 19, 2012 @ 1:48 pm In Features,Green Transportation | No Comments

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The Schweeb [3]

The Schweeb [6] is a low-impact take on the monorail that places people in plastic tubes (guided by a rail) that they can cycle to their destination in. As ridiculous as it may look, this idea has caught the attention of Google [7], and the super search engine has invested over $1 million into the scheme.

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The Scubster [8]

The mini-sub, nicknamed the ‘Scubster’ [9], was designed by a team of French engineers and is entirely pedal-powered. The craft features a pedal belt connected to a twin-propeller system that can reach speeds of up to 5mph and a depth of 20 ft – not bad!

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Pedal Powered Music Festival [10]

Last year Pedal Power NYC [5] hosted New York City’s first human powered concert [11] in Union Square. During the concert, 250 different volunteer cyclists cranked out some kinetic power on a fleet of 16 bike generators, providing tunes for thousands to enjoy!

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Pedal Powered Porsche Boxster [4]

For those who can’t afford a Porsche, here’s a more economical and eco-friendly alternative. One skilled sport car enthusiast built this gorgeous golden replica of the coveted Boxster and it runs completely on pedal power! [3]

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Pedal Powered Plane Built from Balsa Wood [12]

Dutch teenager Jesse van Kuijk has become one of the rare few to take flight on his own and he’s made it all happen with his pedal-powered [13] plane made out of balsa wood, polyurethane, and rip-resistant foil. More impressively, Van Kuijk built his plane without ever stepping on a real plane before!

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The Oracle Beater: A Pedal Powered Paper Mill [14]

Last year, Mary Hark [15], professor at the Design Studies Department [16] at the University of Wisconsin-Madison [17] and founder of HARK! Handmade Paper Studio [18], presented her latest paper-making venture for Ghanians. With the help of the bicycle-powered Oracle Beater, designed by Lee McDonald [19], fine art papers are produced from an invasive plant species making the process ecologically sound and grid independent.


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[3] pedal-powered monorail: http://inhabitat.com/google-invests-in-shweebs-peddle-powered-bike-monorail/

[4] Porsche Boxster: http://inhabitat.com/diy-genius-creates-shiny-gold-peddle-powered-porsche-roadster/

[5] a music festival: http://www.pedalpowernyc.org/2011/06/nyc-celebrates-water-festival-2011-main-stage/

[6] Schweeb: http://shweeb.com/

[7] Google: http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html

[8] The Scubster: http://inhabitat.com/french-engineers-design-a-pedal-powered-submarine/

[9] nicknamed the ‘Scubster’: http://www.scubster.org/

[10] Pedal Powered Music Festival: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/250-volunteer-cyclists-produced-nycs-first-pedal-powered-music-festival/

[11] concert: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-york-citys-first-bike-powered-music-festival-coming-to-union-square/

[12] Pedal Powered Plane Built from Balsa Wood: http://inhabitat.com/teenager-builds-pedal-powered-airplane-out-of-balsa-wood/

[13] pedal-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/21/schweeb-the-human-powered-flying-monorail/

[14] The Oracle Beater: A Pedal Powered Paper Mill: http://inhabitat.com/the-oracle-beater-fuels-ghanaian-paper-production-with-invasive-plants-and-cycling/

[15] Mary Hark: http://www.maryhark.com/

[16] Design Studies Department: http://www.sohe.wisc.edu/etd/index.html

[17] University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://www.wisc.edu/

[18] HARK! Handmade Paper Studio: http://maryhark.blogspot.com/

[19] Lee McDonald: http://www.toolsforpaper.com/

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