Velomobile FAQ

Q

Did you build it?

A

No I bought it from BlueVelo in Toronto Canada. The bodies are built in Romania and mine was partially assembled in Dronten, Netherlands, then shipped to Toronto for final assembly and export to the U.S. where I live.

Q

Do you ride it on the roads?

A

Under the law it’s a bicycle with all the rights of any vehicle. Drivers of automobiles have to have permission, a license. I have the right to use the road, and require no license.

21200. (a) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a
highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions
applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including,
but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence
of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10 (commencing with
Section 20000), Section 27400, Division 16.7 (commencing with
Section 39000), Division 17 (commencing with Section 40000.1), and
Division 18 (commencing with Section 42000), except those provisions
which by their very nature can have no application.
(b) (1) A peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing
with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, operating a
bicycle during the course of his or her duties is exempt from the
requirements of subdivision (a), except as those requirements relate
to driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, if
the bicycle is being operated under any of the following
circumstances:
(A) In response to an emergency call.
(B) While engaged in rescue operations.
(C) In the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of
the law.
(2) This subdivision does not relieve a peace officer from the
duty to operate a bicycle with due regard for the safety of all
persons using the highway.

Q

Aren’t you afraid of getting hit and dying?

A

Riding a bicycle is safer than driving a car.

Q

How much did it cost?

A

I could have bought a nice used car for the same cost. It’s custom, hand built.

Q

It looks fast. How fast is it.

A

My highest speed so far has been 59.9 MPH. I exceed 50 every day I commute.

Q

Is it electric?

A

Nope.

Q

Is it slow going uphill?

A

That depends upon the engine. The more hill climbing I do the better I get at it. It is slower than my regular bike up-hill. But it’s much faster downhill!

Q

How much does it weigh.

A

Before I add my water, tools, food and myself, it weighs about 35 kG or about 70 pounds.

Q

What do you call it?

A

Most owners call them velomobiles. I’ve also heard them called pedal cars and rocket bikes.

Q

Is it hot?

A

There is less air pushing against me and evaporating my perspiration, so I don’t feel quite as cool. Going downhill I cool off a lot.

Q

Is there a name for what you do?

A

Some owners call themselves velonauts.

Q

Isn’t it hard to change a flat?

A

All axles are single sided, so I don’t even have to remove the wheel, just the tire and tube. I try to avoid getting flats.

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