Walking can be a frustrating way to move around in a city. Especially in extreme weather or while carrying heavy items, walking long distances becomes an exhausting and time-consuming ordeal.
Bicycles solve some of these problems, allowing humans to move at higher velocities under their own power. Unfortunately, the size, speed, and balancing nature of a bicycle do not allow it to function very well in pedestrian areas.
In fact, most major cities across the United States ban bicycles from sidewalks; cyclists are obligated by law to only ride on bike lanes or in the roadway. Yet, pedestrians and potential cyclists greatly fear this proximity to cars; they have told us time and time again that they need to travel in the environment that makes them feel the most safe: the sidewalk.
Enter Chariot. We have created a human-powered, personal vehicle designed for sidewalk use. Our low-profile, high-maneuverability solution will enable pedestrians in cities and college campuses to reach their destinations in half the time, and with roughly half the effort of walking!
The Chariot provides a turn radius 3x smaller than that of a bicycle, and it can hit a top speed of roughly 10 mph (depending on user fitness).
Its inherently-stable platform allows the rider to "feel like a pedestrian". This means a user can safely move at low speeds when necessary, can come to a complete stop without dismounting, can even go in reverse!
Finally, a patent-pending folding mechanism makes the Chariot the ideal portable solution for moving around in cities or college campuses.