One of the great things about bikes is that you can ride them virtually anywhere. You can weave between cars at stoplights, jump the curb for a short cut or slash across someone's lawn if need be. But sometimes the traffic's too thick, police ticket you for riding on the sidewalk and homeowners shake their fists from the porch, if not reach for their shotgun. If only there was a helicopter bike that could fly above the fray.
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Wait, now there is, compliments of three Czech companies - Technodat, Evektor and Duratec - that teamed up to make an electric bicycle-helicopter hybrid. Equipped with six battery-powered propellers housed in four frames, the 220-pound bike was demoed this week at the Letnany exhibition in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute, remote-controlled flight.
Sadly, the prototype rig isn't quite capable of saddling a human, so a dummy was used instead. However, creators said they hope to do away with the remote controls and stick a real human on-board this fall.