Relaxed and Recumbent

Creator of Rotorua’s human-powered monorail, the Schweeb, Geoffrey Barnett, “combined a laid-back, recumbent bicycle with monorail technology” and came up with the idea while living in Tokyo. Barnett worked on the design for six years, and in 2007, opened a 200m track in Rotorua. “You jump on, you sit on the recumbent seat — it’s very comfortable, it’s like sitting at home on your sofa,” Barnett explained. “It’s got seven gears to play with and it’s a lot faster than any other bicycle.” Riders can get up to speeds of 60kph. The Schweeb is also environmentally friendly, he added. “To me as a cyclist, it’s just obvious, you should be able to ride over the top of the traffic, so I came up with the idea of a weather-proof capsule that is completely safe,” said Barnett. Schweeb is derived from the German word schweben which means “to float” or “suspend.”


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Christchurch Opens Its Doors to More US Visitors

Christchurch Opens Its Doors to More US Visitors

American Airlines has announced the first ever direct flight service between the US and Christchurch. Beginning in October of 2020 the carrier will embark on the 13-hour voyage three times a…