[youtube]Schweeb in the adventure context As someone who has experienced the thrills of New Zealand culture firsthand, it comes as no surprise that they would be the first to showcase the Schweeb – a zippy human-powered monorail recumbent bicycle.  What does come as a bit of a surprise is that this “mode of transport” is being billed as a viable form of alternative (potentially public) transportation, by the likes of Google.

Google recently announced with winners of its Project 10100 competition and Schweeb is among the five chosen.  The Project was designed to collect proposals and ideas from innovators all over the world to solve challenges in the following categories: making educational content available online for free; enhancing science and engineering education; making government more transparent; driving innovation in public transport; and, providing quality education to African students. Google has committed $1 million to help Schweeb test its product as an urban transport solution in the Northern Hemisphere.  You should recall our earlier blog post about ULTra PRT, the UK company providing London Heathrow’s first Personal Rapid Transit solution.  The use of personal rapid transit has its critics, but also its proponents.  Could it be convenient enough to outweigh the potentially high-costs of implementation?

Google, a company who made a very convenient free solution with high implementation costs, thinks it might be.

-Terra Curtis