No Chain? No Bike.

mando-footloose

The Mando Footloose is not a bicycle because it doesn’t have a way for the rider to directly drive the wheel. This is not an ebike, it’s an electric scooter with a pedal powered battery charger. This is really very silly because there is so little efficiency in charging the battery this way. It is far more efficient for the rider to drive the wheel. And when the battery is dead, it can’t be pedaled.

I can’t seem to embed it, but there is a good video at the BBC.

“Making drivers into employees, not contractors, could hurt Uber’s business” – The Verge

“The company could also be on the hook for payroll tax, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and state taxes.”

– Ben Popper – Making drivers into employees, not contractors, could hurt Uber’s business – The Verge

It’s kind of amazing that Uber isn’t on the hook for any of this now. Is the American economy really sustainable with this new contractor model? I doubt it.