The Shweeb Monorail - The Intrepid

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Shweeb Monorail

Shweeb Monorail

As an amusement park attraction, the Shweeb is pretty cool; as mass transit system, it’s stupid. The Shweeb is the world’s first human-powered monorail racetrack in Roterua, New Zealand. At the moment, it’s only a ride, but its inventors hope to one day build monorail networks around the world. But it’s never going to happen; the Shweeb is an impractical transportation system that’s wrought with dangers and inefficiencies. Imagine if a pod breaks down mid trip: the person inside would be trapped, and all the people behind it would be stuck until it’s fixed. It’s a cool idea, unfortunately it’s just not realistic.

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