FLIZ: A pedal-less, seatless bike designed for running
Germany is best know for its cars, beer, classical music, well- preserved castles, and its throng of gorgeous German supermodels, but the country is also fast becoming a bicycling paradise with over 50,000 kilometers of marked bicycle routes and 150 separate trails.
To promote the use of bicycles in urban areas, some German designers have created a concept bike similar to the Laufmaschine (or dandy-horse) invented by Baron Karl Drais in 1817. Called FLIZ, the pedal-less, human-powered vehicle suspends its user from a harness. The rider then propels the contraption forward by running. According to the designers:
“FLIZ comes from the German ‘flitzen’ and means speeding… with your feet… Based on the very first bike — the ‘Laufrad’ — it is a velocipede concept of healthy, ecological mobility in overcrowded urban space. Its laminated, innovative frame with 5 point belt system does not only mark the outstanding appearance, but first of all it provides a comfortable, ergonomic ride between running and biking. The frame integrates the rider and due to its construction it works like a suspension whereas the belt replaces the saddle and adjusts your position. These aspects reduce pressure in the crotch and distribute the body weight while running, which is a unique feature. On the bottom of the rear stays special treads are located to place and relax the feet.”
It’s a really cool concept, but I’m not sure if this is really the future of urban transportation.
[Hat tip to Core 77]