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This one has a reverse gear:


I hope the parking authorities let him park there. A friend with a motorcycle tried to use such a spot, and got in trouble. The hash lines apparently meant no parking at all by anyone at anytime he was told. So much for common sense. It is less common than you'd think.
 

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Looks like a great way to commute for several reasons. First, the website says that these are treated as bicycles for legal purposes so I'm assuming that they can drive on most trails. Second, the shell would protect one from the elements, one of the major downsides of commuting by bike. Third, sitting may be more comfortable than sitting in the upright position on a bike. And fourth, it provides more protection in case of a crash compared to a bicycle.

Maybe the downside is, can you drive this thing up hills?
 

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Maybe the downside is,
Jumping up on a curb...to a MUP

Could be pretty rough on tree roots under MUPs

Jumping off a curb doable but might hurt the butt.

Manouvering on crowded MUPs..probably end up on the grass or walking pace.

Snow drifts are gonna be tough.

Hot days could get a lightly stiffling noticed the have a blower with the battery option....maybe vented below..

If vented below then rain roost ain't gonna be fun
 

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I have an acquaintance in Holland who commutes in a Strada (another velomobile). Works our very well in that situation. No it won't fit everyone's needs. And yes at 35-40 kg they are something to pull up a hill. Many in hillier terrain add an electric assist. The flag is near the ceiling and in a light shadow so it will be more visible at night. Needs a blinky up there too and he may have one we can't see as the picture is cut off.

The streamlining can come in handy:

 

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Well, there is another drawback.....just checked the pricing on these things.....$12,000 for this model. The cheapest I could find was $6,000 - out of my price range. Bummer.
 

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Used to see similar all the time. Basically a recumbent with a fiberglass shell. Haven't seen one since mid '90s
Also seen road bikes with the shell. Very streamlined and aero, until you hit a cross wind

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