Week 12: Transportation


We won’t be discussing cars, trucks, traditional bikes, or any other large forms of transportation.  We’ll look at smaller/simpler modes of moving us.


Shoe Bike



The act or process of moving people or things from one place to another.  Let’s make it even more specific, something that can be ridden to move a person.


Roller Skates

Around since the 1760s in some form or another.


Light-up Roller Skate Wheels


Trucks – It wasn’t until 1863, when James Plimpton tried his hand at this whole roller-skate-inventing thing, that there came into existence a skate actually capable of turning. Plimpton’s four-wheeled skate made use of springy carriages called trucks that allowed the skater to turn by leaning in the direction of travel. – via


Inline Skates/Rollerblades

Originally developed as a substitute for ice skates.

Light up inline wheels, and here


Cardiff Cruiser

RocketSkate R10



Skate Boards

1958: The skateboard is made from roller skates attached to a board. As surfing becomes more popular, skating becomes a way to surf when there are no waves. – via


Light Up Skateboard Wheels




Ripstick Caster Board




Two Wheeled Transportation




Spherovelo Ride-On


Hobby Horse (Dandy Horse) – An early cycle without pedals.

The first means of transport to make use of the two-wheeler principle, is regarded as the archetype of the bicycle. The dandy horse was invented by Baron Karl Drais in Mannheim, Germany, and patented in France in February 1818.


Penny Farthings (Velocipede) – an early type of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.


Wheel Chairs – Not exactly traditional “transportation”, but we can learn a lot from wheel chair design.

Manual Wheelchair


Racing Wheelchair


Rugby Offensive Chair


Standing Wheelchairs


One Wheel

Exercise Wheels

Ab Carver Pro


CSX Ab Roller Wheel


One Wheel





Screw Driver Powered Vehicle “EX”



The Wheelers

The source of many a nightmare for me.  But interesting mode of transportation.





Intelligent Parking Chair


The Impossible 


The Goodyear Eagle-360



Related Reading/Viewing

Concept for a Waterborne, Eco-Friendly, Partial-DIY Vehicle for Developing Nations

Gokarts USA

Homemade Segway

Easy Build Self Balancing Electric Skateboard

Vacuum Bending Skateboard Veneers

Car Bike Hybrid