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Electric unicycles, new way to beat traffic

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:15 am

Commuting in style: People use electric unicycles as an alternative vehicle for short-distance trips. The unicyclists see the vehicles as a convenient solution to counter the city’s traffic congestion.(Courtesy of Airwheel Indonesia)Worsening traffic congestion in most parts of Jakarta, especially during peak hours, has prompted Jakartans to look for more convenient ways to commute.

The already packed modes of public transportation — Transjakarta buses and the commuter line — are, however, still far from most Jakartans’ expectations.

To travel relatively short distances, people often opt to walk or ride bicycles. Now, they have another option: Electric unicycles, also known as airwheels.

Instead of sitting on a seat, an electric unicyclist stands on footholds either side of the solitary wheel. And instead of pedaling, riders only need to lean their bodies for...