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Shweeb, Rotorua, New Zealand

Courtesy of Shweeb at Agroventures

Shweeb, in Rotorua, New Zealand

Australian inventor Geoffrey Barnett dreamed up his human-powered monorail while living in Tokyo, when he wished he could pedal above that city’s endless traffic jams. Since 2007, it’s been possible to test-drive Barnett’s fantasy on the world’s first Shweeb, at the Agroventures adventure theme park in Rotorua, New Zealand. Last year, his company, Shweeb Holdings Limited, received $1 million from Google to invest in research on a commuter-powered transit system in a city still to be determined.


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