Create a new area in Playland for human powered amusement rides
The City of Vancouver owns Hastings Park and is creating a master plan for the Park, the PNE, and Playland. The current version of the plan calls for an expansion of Playland, which goes against the Greenest City Goal, unless... a new section of rides was created that were completely human powered. It Vancouver approved it, it would be the first truly green amusement park in the world.
There are many examples of individual human powered amusement park rides but nowhere in the world have they been assembled together to create a green amusement park.
Very interesting idea. The planners for Hastings Park have looked at these type of amusement parks. Thanks for your interesting idea. We will share it with our project team. In our research we have run across something similar to your suggestion: check out Cyclecide http://www.cyclecide.com based out of San Francisco, operates the countries one and only pedal-powered carnival midway. Check out http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/maker_profile_bicycle_rodeo.html
Big Dave commented
Thanks for your comment, Hastings Park staff. I am aware of the links you provided below. I also have dozens of others as well. For example, there is a human powered roller coaster in Japan, a human powered monorail in New Zealand, a human powered ferris wheel in India, human powered bumper cars in the US, and so on. But while there are examples of individual rides in different countries, no where have they been assembled in a permanent amusement park setting. I think it would be great for Vancouver to be the first to create a truly sustainable amusement park area within PLayland. I believe that these rides could be equally as exciting to ride as regular rides but without any use of fossil fuels.
Hastings Park/PNE Master Plan staff team commented
Thanks for your interesting idea. We will share it with our project team. In our research we have run across something similar to your suggestion: check out Cyclecide http://www.cyclecide.com based out of San Francisco, operates the countries one and only pedal-powered carnival midway. Check out http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/maker_profile_bicycle_rodeo.html at minute 6:15
Green Earth commented
GREAT IDEA !! Awesome Green Energy promotion and I know lots of people will be so excited to have a NEW ride !
It is awesome awesome idea, count me in. Many years ago, when I was industrial design student, I heavily explored human powered, kinetic amusement rides. I made kinetic "endless" labyrinth for my school project, Still have old model somewhere in the attic...hope it will see daylight again one day.