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Old 01-14-19, 06:40 PM
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+1 for the build a ramp and jump it idea...
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Old 01-14-19, 07:02 PM
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+1 for the build a ramp and jump it idea...
Make sure you have someone with a camera so you can post the YouTube video!!!

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Old 01-14-19, 07:53 PM
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Make sure you have someone with a camera so you can post the YouTube video!!!

Handlebar-mount camera video.....
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Has anyone suggested pole vaulting yet?

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Old 01-15-19, 08:57 AM
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Has anyone suggested pole vaulting yet?
World record is about 70 feet, so with a back on his bike he should easily make 60 feet, after a little practice.

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I never thought about pole vaulting for distance. Apparnelty it is a Dutch/Frisian sport.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fierljeppen

The bicycle would give it interesting dynamics. Much more weight, but one could start with a fair amount of speed.

Perhaps build a pair of poles to attach to the bike like jousting lances. Full speed ahead with the lances in front of the bike. Drop them into the river, and fly!!!
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Fierljeppen
You could have a bike on each side of the river so you wouldn't have to worry about getting the bike across.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Has anyone suggested pole vaulting yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIarEtKzdqk
Funny film. It makes sense with the Dutch canals.

The second attempt had me laughing.

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This ^^^^^^ wins the award for the coolest-named option presented thus far.

"Does your municipality's alt-trans multi-modal transportation plan include fierljeppen?"

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Funny film. It makes sense with the Dutch canals.

The second attempt had me laughing.

These were German Frysians, Ostfriesen, they don't take their folklore/sport as serious as the Dutch Frysians appearantly otherwise he would have known it is a skill. Frysland is pretty wet, so every farm field has a water filled ditch around it about a meter wide, the pole vault is a relatively easy way to cross those fieds. I cycled into such a ditch once and it's only funny for the bystanders. But as a sport it has grown pretty impressive:

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This guy is actually doing on a daily basis. I'm a little jealous.

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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
Fierljeppen
You could have a bike on each side of the river so you wouldn't have to worry about getting the bike across.
Some inventor should design a telescoping spring-loaded pole so that the Fierlieppen'er could trigger it instead of having to climb up while balancing the pole one one end. Maybe you could wind it up short enough to carry on the bike.
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
This guy is actually doing on a daily basis. I'm a little jealous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr2h2HiH7zM
Awesome!

lol 27s look at that shoreline mud he has to wade through to launch the boat!
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
This guy is actually doing on a daily basis. I'm a little jealous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr2h2HiH7zM
Now that's multi-modal! Doesh't show how the tow dolly for the boat compacts/folds. And no life jacket?
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Old 01-15-19, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
This guy is actually doing on a daily basis. I'm a little jealous.
That's got to be the most unusual multimodal commute I've seen.
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This guy is actually doing on a daily basis. I'm a little jealous.
That guy needs an e-boat
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That guy needs an e-boat
Maybe LimeBike could start up a dockless boat-share program.
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Old 01-17-19, 12:09 PM
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It sure looks like someone already built a tree bridge for you.
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Vancouver planner Brent Toderian is fond of saying, you cannot justify a bridge by counting the number of people who currently swim across the river.
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Inflatable packraft?

https://surlybikes.com/blog/kenai_pe...hats_a_paddlin

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Vancouver planner Brent Toderian is fond of saying, you cannot justify a bridge by counting the number of people who currently swim across the river.
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I think more accurate to say "You can't decide not to build a bridge, based on the fact that not enough people currently swim across"

If the need to get across is so great that some people are currently swimming, that sounds like a pretty good justification for a bridge.
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