Vehicle: Personal
Rickshaw Geared Runner   (+5)  [vote for, against]

Sit there relaxing,
Ancient transportation cart,
Running man pulls it?

Two pedal it now.
Mechanical legs, no man.
My idea this.

A mechanized running man pulls the cart, pedal-powered by the passengers. There is no rolling front wheel. It's a propulsion device with legs, or in the shape of a "man" with running legs.

A flywheel could store some energy, and back-pedaling could be for brakes. Steering could be done cooperatively with levers on each side (down the cart poles). A straight run down the block will be enough of a workout for most people. This will be more of a "stationary bike" than a race car. Don't focus on the term "bicycle". This thing has legs in front.

This can be expanded into cartless walking craft, such as, of course, the pedal-ostrich. Two mechanical walking legs, with the flywheel for stability.

If you must vote for the recumbent, have your running man in back of the cart, “pushing”, but only figuratively. That's similar to the outstanding [LINK] "Running Man / Following Man".
-- Amos Kito, Feb 15 2008

Rickshaw Example http://en.wikipedia...1860_-_ca._1900.jpg
[Amos Kito, Feb 15 2008, last modified Feb 16 2008]

Modern Example
Sit here reading, modern transportation cart, pedalling man powers it? Baked, your idea is. [Canuck, Feb 16 2008]

Running Man / Following Man Running_20Man_20_2f_20Following_20Man
This one is powered by a car's engine. He even picks his nose. [Amos Kito, Feb 16 2008]

I could kick myself for not fully explaining the idea. Kick_20yourself
[Amos Kito, Feb 16 2008]

Turn the volume up real loud like.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 16 2008]

That false colour is really effective.
-- david_scothern, Feb 15 2008

In that old photo? Yes, they did a good job. It takes some skill to "paint" a black and white picture, by hand with special photo pigments. But it can produce very nice effects. I've had some success with Photoshop, even with little artistic ability.
-- Amos Kito, Feb 16 2008

Recumbent, two-man
bicycle, this idea hot as
bright late summer's day
-- methinksnot, Feb 16 2008

//pedalling man powers it?//
per the [LINK], that's a nice bike, [Canuck-San]!
But, this idea has mechanical legs. I've added the clarification.

[methinks] you haiku, too?
-- Amos Kito, Feb 16 2008

Two men driving
Mechanical ambulation
Would rather hike, you?
-- 4whom, Feb 16 2008

Two legs work for this.
Four legs would work twice as well.
Borrow from mech donkey.

-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 16 2008

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