A judge ruled yesterday that pedal-powered cars are safe to be driven down the streets of
A case redolent with irony and absurdity saw the driver of a 1986 Buick Regal taken to court for allegedly operating an unsafe car. But, this is no ordinary jalopy. Michel de Broin’s art piece â€œShared Propulsion Carâ€ is essentially the shell of a onetime gas powered vehicle, except that its motor and upholstered seats have been replaced with plastic bucket seats, four sets of pedals and a levered hand-brake system. On October 25, 2007, while on its first leisurely roll down
This was then followed by a line of questioning by the defence that saw the car compared to a variety of slow-moving street vehicles that are also propelled by human or animal power, and/or don’t have brakes but are rarely if ever pulled over by cops and charged as unsafe vehicles. At this point, the defence made a special point of asking the police officer if he had ever stopped a rickshaw or a horse and buggy. To which the officer sheepishly replied that he had never seen a horse-drawn carriage in
And with that, the case was thrown out. The Shared Propulsion Car was deemed nothing more than a glorified bike with a roof.
Photo by Benny Zenga