This brief survey of vehicles and mechanical aids for travel on land, in the air, and on water, indicates the advantages of human-powered transportation. First, the historical development of the bicycle is recounted. It is noted that the development of the bicycle has ceased in modern times except for those improvements created for competitive racing. The development of human-powered flight is seen for the most part as a recreational and sport activity. Some human-powered boat propulsion systems are briefly described. Finally, obstacles and some solutions to adoption of human-powered transportation in the U. S. are listed.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alumni Association
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, D G
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 42-54
  • Serial:
    • Technology Review
    • Volume: 82
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • ISSN: 1099-274X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314837
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM