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Published on April 18th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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Me-Mover — Compact New Step-Driven Vehicle On KickStarter

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April 18th, 2014 by
 
If you’ve ever wanted something along the lines of a step-scooter but with some actually forethought going into the design, then it looks as though your wish has finally been granted.

Meet the Me-Mover — a step machine on wheels that allows for notably better ergonomics and posture that you can learn to ride very easily and rapidly.

Image Credit: Me-Mover

Image Credit: Me-Mover

The Danish designers describe the Me-Mover as “quite simply, the first set of wheels designed for all the ways we move in cities, from busy streets and park trails to flea markets and bike lanes.”

The Me-Mover’s KickStarter page provides more:

Our unique, balanced three-wheeled design offers an entirely new way to ride, standing and stepping in an easy, natural manner. At any pace you choose – walking, jogging or biking speeds – you’ll enjoy improved control, balance and visibility.

Our team of engineers and architects developed the Me-Mover in Copenhagen. For urban mobility, you won’t find a better testing ground, or a population more savvy and critical about pedal power and design sophistication. It’s only now, after five years of proving ourselves in Denmark, that we’re bringing Me-Mover to the world.

Something else worth mentioning — the Me-Mover can be folded up into a highly compact 18- by 13-inch (43- by 13-cm) footprint. Not bad when you consider how much space bikes can take up.

Not so sure that I would use one myself, but certainly interesting. How about our readers? Anyone interested? Given how quickly the campaign blew past it’s goal, clearly some people are. :)

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • Peter Gray

    It looks intriguing. Personally I can’t imagine it replacing my bicycle for commuting (esp. on hilly land), but if it gets a lot of other people out of their cars and enjoying self-powered transportation, great!

  • Benjamin Nead

    This would be fun if I was a college student, scootering around between classes on well maintained sidewalks. But – for me at least – it isn’t a replacement for a decent bicycle or ebike. Standing up while riding would get old pretty fast – especially on potholed streets or for longer distance.

    One thing I saw recently (being ridden on the college campus where I work, by a student) was this rather amazing electric skateboard . . .

    http://www.zboardshop.com/

    I was able to flag down the fellow who was riding it, chatted for a while and exchanged contact information. After summer break, I hope to get back in touch with him and have him bring his Z Board to our local annual National Plug In Day event. These sort of mini electric vehicles are cool and – if they’re built well – I’m sure they’ll find an audience. They’ll be a compliment or an alternative to a bike. But I don’t envision them being a de-facto replacement.

    As for being able to take it with you on public transportation systems, this is a plus with folding electric scooters and/or skateboards. Here in Tucson, though, all the city buses have very nicely designed bike racks up front. So bicyclists are well served in this regard. One of these buses was present at a bike fair i attended last year and there was personal instruction provided on how to use it. The only complaint I’ve seen about these racks is that they can only accommodate 2 bikes at a time, so the 3rd cyclist in line would have to wait for the next bus to come along. Not an issue with me, though. I have a Montague folder and I can quickly compact my bike to a small enough size that it can be easily carried onto a bus single-handed.

    The new electric street car here in Tucson is currently doing test runs around town (it is scheduled to be operational by early this summer.) I’ve noticed no bike racks on the fronts of these, however, and I recently inquired about this with one of the drivers I met while I cycling up next to one at a stop sign. The streetcar driver said that anyone with a bicycle (doesn’t have to be a folder) can board at anytime.

    • Omega Centauri

      Bart allows people to bring bikes into the subway cars.

      • Ronald Brakels

        But I’m sure Lisa has something to say about that.

        • Benjamin Nead

          Ha Ha, yes, Ronald. But I’m fairly sure Omega Centauri is referring to B.A.R.T., or Bay Area Rapid Transit . . .

          http://www.bart.gov/

    • ZBoard

      Thanks for the shout out!

      • Benjamin Nead

        You’re welcome, ZBoard. As a guy in his mid 50s with knee joints to match, an electric skateboard or scooter – or any skateboard or scooter, for that matter – isn’t going to be high on my future purchase list. But I never guessed back in 1966 (when I was an 8-year-old in central Pennsylvania and my father had just purchased a new-fangled California-made wooden board with what were essentially metal rollerskate wheels for one of my older sisters) that something like this would ever be technologically possible. Keep ‘em rollin’!

  • Ronald Brakels

    In my somewhat strange country, even the most loyal of subjects can be restricted from taking bicycles on board buses, trams, and trains. But having a folding scooter is a way to work around this restriction that some people already take advantage of and a scooter that is more bike like in performance could be a boon for this practice.

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