This is the conceptual Paris Navigating Gym, the brainchild of Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati. It consists of a 65-foot boat with 45 stationary cycling stations that power the boat's journey down the Seine River. Not like a paddleboat though, but rather by turning human pedaling into electricity, both to power the cycling equipment (ie display screens) and an electric engine. The power can also be supplemented by solar cells when there aren't enough cyclists onboard or nobody feels like pedaling. While still conceptual, the firm believes that could produce a functional prototype within 18 months. No word if the boat makes a round trip or drops you off somewhere other than where you started, but if that's the case then why not just bike there instead? I love biking outdoors, but I tried a cycling class at the gym once and it just wasn't for me. "That was Zumba." Whatever, never again.
Keep going for a couple more shots while I can't even begin to imagine what the membership fees to a floating cycling gym in Paris would cost.
Thanks again to Allyson S, who, for two tips in a row the day before New Year's Eve, gets this festive party hat and noise maker. "This says 'Happy Near Year 2013.'" Listen do you want it or not?