DailyDirt: Human-Powered Transportation

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Fred Flintstone got around in his foot-powered car, and if it weren't for the really heavy brontosaurus ribs, Fred could keep his wheels on the ground all the time. Transportation technology may have gotten a bit better these days, and here are a few more examples (non-fictional) of people-powered vehicles. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2011 @ 5:11pm

    The Flintstones did it first

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2011 @ 6:59pm

    How long ago was the bicycle invented?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:07pm

    Re: The Flintstones did it first

    OK, he talks about how much we spend on fuel going to nearby locations and how much we can save by using this cycle. But one shouldn't simply assume that energy is free just because it's human energy. Though perhaps more efficient, human energy costs too. You must eat, right? If you're using x amount of energy, what does it matter if it's fossil fuel or food energy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:09pm

    Re: Re: The Flintstones did it first

    Traveling is going to cost you more in energy regardless, because you still have to put energy into transporting yourself, be it walking or driving or cycling.

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:21pm

    Re: Re: The Flintstones did it first

    It matters when it comes to emissions, which I believe his point was. Food and people are recyclable, fossil fuels aren't.
    That's why it is more efficient to take the bus, it can transport more people for longer distances. Trains too. Now take a car, it wastes more energy but for fewer people benefiting from the pollution that happens anyway.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:24pm

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    hmm. depends on how you define "bicycle" -- if you mean a thing with two wheels that a person could ride -- around the late 1700s. But if you mean something that had pedals.. then it's more like the mid-1800s.

    http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbicycle.htm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:30pm

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    People put out emissions too, but I know what he meant.

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The Flintstones did it first

    Yes, those are new emissions, but you're forgetting the old emissions that were already in the atmosphere but got frozen in time in the form of fossil fuels like coal and oil. The fact is, add those and the current natural emissions combined, and you get a far larger number then has existed on Earth in a very, very, very long time. That is the problem we face when we talk about pollution, we are creating far too much of old and new pollution.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 25th, 2011 @ 12:28am

    I am disappointed that there have been no comments about the bikini-clad babes bouncing around yet.

     

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    Butcherer79 (profile), Oct 25th, 2011 @ 2:41am

    If only there was human powered transportation which didn't involve the above mentioned technology ("bicycles" for one), or as I like to refer to it, witchcraft.
    This could be WAY out there, but what if we could move by simply placing one of our feet in front of the other, then move the other foot in front of the first (forward) foot and repeat until destination reached?

    It'll never catch on, too complicated I expect - I'll work on refining it...

     

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    Rekrul, Oct 25th, 2011 @ 9:37am

    The Velomobile had me wanting one, until I heard the price!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 25th, 2011 @ 2:13pm

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    Hahaha yeah, makes me want to get one of those just for that reason.

     

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