Walking on Wheels is the Latest European Sport (Jan, 1929)

Walking on Wheels is the Latest European Sport

THE newest aid to the pedestrian is the “paticycle,” invented by a Frenchman as an easy and inexpensive means of getting from here to there. The device consists of wheels attached to the walker’s feet and legs by means of braces. It is operated by swinging the legs forward as if walking on the ground, but the feet never touch the road. A staff is carried in each hand to steady the walker and help him steer a straight course.

A paticycle race was recently run from Versailles to Paris. Charles Samuel, the winner, is shown crossing the finishing line.

  1. docca says: February 8, 20107:39 pm

    There’s a VIDEO of it in action from 1923(!) here:


    “Race from Paris to Versailles”

  2. Toronto says: February 9, 201010:02 pm

    I’d *MUCH* rather use 15cm wheeled “skates” – at least you can brake with them.

  3. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 7, 201012:01 am

    Yet another ‘sport’ invented to sell equipment. I guess I’m to cynical to buy into these things.

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