Posted Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The human powered monorail, the Shweeb Personal Transport, is a series of pedal capsules that fly around an inverted track. A New Zealand amusement park has the first installation.
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This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if an employee gets hit by one of these things.
Reminds me alot of the Wiegand "Hexenbesen" (witch's broom) rides. http://www.rcdb.com/ig3050.htm?picture=26
The Shweebs look pretty fun to me, love the fact that they seem to swing a little like a suspended.Last edited by rollergator, Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:22 AM
Wow. If there was one close, and it didn't cost $35 per ride, I'd use these things as a workout every day.
I'm intrigues by the speed you can hit. What'd they say, something like 70 km/h? I think that's in the neighborhood of 40 mph.
It's obviously more at home in an adventure park with more extreme challenges than in a straight-up amusement park. I'm not sure how practical it would be for urban travel. You would have to have very little with you, and be dressed appropriately for such a riding position. I suppose you would also have to not mind being at least somewhat less than fresh when you arrive! I think riding a bike is greener in the long run, not to mention easier, cheaper, and just as sweaty.
More fun for the amusement park would be a gravity driven ride, and I think that Hexenbesen referenced above by Rollergator is a hoot. I'd say very low capacity would be it's downfall, though. Anytime I've ridden a Setpoint or Caripro ride I've wanted it to go on for miles, but it's always so short in length, and I wonder why. The prize for "long wait short ride" has to go to Pteranodon Flyers at IOA. Just when it starts to get moving...aawww...it's over.
In a few years, they'll add a new term to the dictionary--- Shweeb-rage.
It looks cool. Damn Kiwis get all the fun toys!
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
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