Aerovelo bike shatters human-powered speed record by hitting 89.59 mph

September 28, 2016 by  
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Last year Aerovelo broke a world record at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge with a bike that hit 85.71 miles per hour (mph). This year they one upped themselves, smashing that record again – twice. Their Eta bike, powered by Todd Reichert, ultimately hit 89.59 mph this year, topping the time-traveling Delorean in the science fiction film Back to the Future . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUcyURXe5yU&feature=youtu.be The World Human Powered Speed Challenge took place in Battle Mountain, Nevada earlier this month from September 12 through September 17. Each day was filled with drama and excitement as the team battled challenges or achieved victories. During the first day, Monday, Eta began to speed wobble around fifty to sixty mph, and the team had to fix the issue with a rubber steering damper. Unfortunately the damper means it’s harder to get the bike going, but did fix the speed wobble. Related: AeroVelo’s bullet-shaped bike smashes through world speed record The next day, Tuesday, heavy rains prevented the vehicles from running. On Wednesday conditions were better and Eta set a new record at 88.26 mph, more than the 88 mph required by the Delorean. Thursday’s run was uneventful but Eta only hit 87.6 mph, which although still better than last year’s record, didn’t draw the same excitement as the previous day. On Friday a bug splattered on the bike’s shield, ruining that run. The team had to add an ” anti-bug coating .” The team ended the challenge Saturday on a high note. The Eta set another record at the astounding speed of 89.59 mph. According to Aerovelo , “This was another massive leap in an event that had been fighting for 0.1 mph gains over the last decade. Breaking into this new range of speeds, Eta has truly earned its name and its title as the world’s most efficient vehicle.” The Aerovelo team intends to continue work on the Eta with the goal of breaking even more records at the challenge next year. + Aerovelo Via New Atlas Images via Aerovelo

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All-Weather Firefly Trike Topped With a LED Shell Looks Like a Tiny Spaceship

March 19, 2013 by  
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The Firefly is a 3-wheeled pedal-powered vehicle topped with a weatherproof LED-lit shell. It was designed by GeoSpace Studio to provide a fun and eco-friendly alternative to cars – and it looks more like as a tiny spaceship than a tricycle! Read the rest of All-Weather Firefly Trike Topped With a LED Shell Looks Like a Tiny Spaceship Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , alternative energy sources , alternative energy vehicle , eco-friendly transport , Firefly tricycle , GeoSpace Studio , green transportation , green vehicle design , human power , human powered motion , human-powered vehicles , LED lights , tricycle design , vehicle design

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This Thursday is World Car-Free Day

September 20, 2011 by  
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World Car-Free Day – a day when people organize their own events to explore alternative transportation – is coming up this Thursday , September 22nd. The event is loosely run by the World Carfree Network (WCN), but individual events are being planned by people all over the world and submitted via wiki to the WCN website . Participating events include everything from group  cycling to work to people standing in the streets to protest the lack of non-car transportation options in their cities. But what if you live in an area where non-automotive transport is impractical? Read the rest of This Thursday is World Car-Free Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , electric car , electric vehicle , green transportation , Hertz on Demand , human-powered vehicles , public transportation , World Car-Free Day , World Carfree Day , World Carfree Network , zero-emissions

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