Shweeb Works In Theory. Like Communism.
That pod thing is a Shweeb, and it is also supposedly the future of personal public transportation. (Why does public transportation need to be personalized? Isn’t that an oxymoron?) Recumbent bikes inside tubes that run on a monorail. Google has invested in it, so I guess that’s where it’ll get it’s funding from for the time being, because I can’t imagine anyone wanting to pay taxes for this system.
“It’s just like riding a bike.” Yet, I get to keep my hypothetical bike (unless it gets stolen), not share it, and take it with me. I can even add racks and bags to my bike to make grocery runs easier, unlike the Shweeb. I could even add a kid to the back of my bike if I so wanted, but unless you manage to snag a two-person pod, the Shweeb can’t help you there. Most of all, why would I want to ride this instead of a bike? I don’t even do that. You know what else is like riding a bike? Paddleboats. And I haven’t seen those things take off as a way to traverse the Hudson or anything.
If you don’t want to pedal, or are physically unable to pedal, that’s okay, because the person in the pod behind you can push you along easily. You know what’s kind of like that, only the positions are reversed? Tandem bikes. Or go old school and tie a Radio Flyer onto the seat post with a jump rope. And everyone always hated the lazy ass that called wagon-seat anyway.
The Shweeb is currently in use in a New Zealand amusement park, at a cost of $30 USD for an adult. Which is the cost of 15 individual rides on MARTA.
I’d rather ration my toilet paper.