The Velofeet was a creation of Inverness inventor Manual Alvarez-Icaza. He feels the machine could address congestion in cities. Rider leans to switch direction and to stop you need to lean back on the seat.
It may seem just as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike or a chocolate fireguard, still one inventor
believes, in the near future many will be riding around on a bike without pedals. Riding the Velofeet is as easy as a breeze, as you only sit back astride its single wheel and stride along.
Manuel AlvarezIcaza, the Inverness based inventor, feels the freakiest idea since the Segway could offer a solution to congested city centres by offering a lightweight and manoeuvrable way of travelling short distances. Cynics may scratch their head and ponder what is wrong with the traditional bicycle (sales touching one billion mark worldwide) but retired physicist Mr Alvarez-Icaza asserts his creation is superior.
He said yesterday: ‘It’s a bit like a unicycle but it is more efficient. It’s simplicity itself and you build up momentum very quickly. ‘It employs the natural movements of the body to drive it. Its top speed is about a jogging pace, nonetheless, I’m certain with repetition the speeds will go up.
‘We’ll have a sports version as well and you could use it for games like basketball or even football.
Mexico born 61-year-old father of two has lived in the Highlands for the past 18 years, where he helped to set up the medical company LifeScan.
He said: ‘Travelling by bike is problematic – you just can’t leave it anywhere of fear it can be stolen and it needs lot of parking space as well. ‘What I wanted to create was like very simple, very light and is easy to carry around with you.’