Google Invests In Pedal-Powered Rail Bikes

Sep 27, 2010
Outside Magazine

Alternative, ecologically-friendly transportation is getting a lot of lip service this days, but we rarely see these ideas come to fruition. Next in the line of dreamers? The Shweeb transportation system, a pedal-powered recumbent bicycle capsule that hangs from a rail (all right, that wasn't a great description; watch the video above to get a better idea).

Google recently invested $10.5 $1.05 million in the system after Shweeb placed in the top five of the Project 10100, in which there were 150,000 applicants from 170 countries, reports The competition was for ideas that would "make the world a better place."

Shweeb's initial facility is outside Rotorua, New Zealand, where thrill-seekers can travel around the track at 25 miles-per-hour. An estimated 30,000 people have ridden on the Shweeb system.

The company plans to use the money to build a showcase system in the northern hemisphere, where there is more demand for public transportation.

What do you think? Will we be Shweebing our way to work soon?

--Will Taylor

Filed To: Nature

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