Why am I creating a website presenting alternative transportation solutions and projects?
Let me answer this question with a little story. On June 23rd 2018, my family and some friends went to the Konschtfestival, an Art Festival in Lellingen/Luxembourg. Just before we left, we saw something amazing rolling down the hill. I noticed a writing on the side: velomobiel.nl. As soon as the vehicle was out of sight, I grabbed my smartphone and visited the website. So I found out what it was: a velomobile! (Who would have guessed…) Velomobiles are recumbent cycles with a fairing, usually they are mainly on three wheels, but they also exist on two wheels (mainly for races and speed records) and on four wheels. The fact that they are fully enclosed allows them to be all year around bicycles! Well, almost all year depending on which climate you’re located.
Following this discovery, I got myself into the subject and did some research. Besides velomobiles I discovered other concepts of HPV’s short for human powered vehicles. They almost all answer the following questions:
- Why would you carry a ton (a.k.a. car) to transport one person?
- Why not use the free and always present source of power which are your muscles?
And that’s the purpose of this website: present human powered vehicles with different configurations. One, two, three, four seats, with or without electric assist, some even move without pedaling. Some are in production since approximately 40 years, others are at the stage of the prototype.
Interested to find out more? Take a seat and enjoy the ride!