Human Powered Vehicles - Bike Trikke Skateboard
Author: TK Healey
When you think of human powered vehicles what comes to mind?
Most will think of different forms of bikes. There is the bicycle, unicycle, and
tricycle. Did you also consider these vehicles? Consider these the canoe, ice
skates, roller skates, kick scooter, skis,
and skateboard. All of which are fun to use and our powered by muscular movement
on our part.
For most of us the very first vehicle we drove ourselves was not an automobile.
It was most likely some from of transportation powered by yourself and not a
motor. It was nothing fancy just another way to get from here to there. In most
cases it probably wasn't even faster than we could have done crawling or
walking, but it sure was fun. This vehicle was called a tricycle: a simple
3-wheeled contraption that used handle bars atop a rotating front wheel to steer
and was powered by your very own legs.
Once you mastered the use of your tricycle you were ready for the big time, a
bicycle. Now this was much faster and more challenging than a tricycle. The
transition went smoothly as it came with the subtraction of one back wheel, but
was accompanied by the addition of two training wheels. Then when you were ready
you could remove the training wheels and after a few falls you were off and
Then you got a car and transportation would never be the same again. That care
free joyous feeling is gone. With a car came much more responsibility and more
expenses. Now you had to worry about car insurance bills, tune ups, maybe
tickets, cleanings, and the most lethal of expenses now gas prices. Gas prices
are hovering around $3.00 per gallon.
It has never been cheaper and more beneficial to go back to those self human
powered vehicles that we all loved so much growing up. Growing up self powered
vehicles were used strictly for recreational proposes. Now as adults why not use
self powered vehicles for those short journeys? Not only is it beneficial
financially, but also is a good source of exercise.
A recent HPV that was recently invented is the IT Segaway scooter.by Dean Kamen
of New Hampshire? This is a human powered transporter which moves by the motion
of the person on it. It is self balancing. It only has two wheels it looks like
an ordinary hand truck dolly. To move forward or backwards the person leans
slightly forward or backwards to go in that direction.
Inventors are very inspired by human powered vehicles. They have been inventing
ways to travel using the human muscular motion for years. There is an
International Human Powered Vehicle Association which promotes improvement,
creativity and innovation in the use of human power vehicles, especially in the
design and development of the HPV's. There are also many contests and races
involving the HPV. HPV's can ride on land, water and even in the air.
About the author:
TK Healey chief editor for SurfTilYouDrop® a consumer based website focusing on
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