Now that the summer has kicked in for most of us, we’ve probably got a few items to check off on our to-do lists. And what summer is complete without a visit to the local carnival or amusement park? With all those concession stands, bright lights and thrilling rides? Thinking about it now, don’t you think that those places use up a lot of energy? To power a roller coaster itself must take a house and a half but you have to remember that it runs approximately 500 times a day. With the world trying to conserve energy, Japan has created one of the first-ever human powered roller coasters.
Located in Japan’s Washuzan Highland Park and known as the Sky Cycle roller coaster, it requires riders to pedal throughout the whole ride. The coaster does not have extremely large loops or anything of that sort (unless you know someone who can pedal through those!) but it does have many turns and high hills!
The side-by-side pedal powered cars are attached to the track and when you pedal, it moves the little wheels that ultimately move the car. With the added touch of the pink basket, it makes it seem like you’re just riding a bike hundreds of feet in the air, no biggie!
Although there are safety concerns regarding the ride, there have not been any accidents so far. The fact that the Japanese are taking the initiative to create something that’s almost 100 per cent man (person) powered is a breakthrough. Although for the daredevils like me out there, there may not be one with loops anytime soon but the track is a long one and can prove to be fun!
Click here for more pictures. Would you ride this thing?