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Glide On Tram Tracks With Wooden Pallet Skateboard

Artist cruises through Bratislava on DIY skateboard-on-rails.

Czech artist Tomáš Moravec has transformed a mere wooden pallet into a skateboard that sits right on the rails of the Bratislava, Slovakia, trolley system, letting him glide through the city freespiritedly. And the system couldn't be simpler: It's just four wheels screwed into the corners of the underside of a single wooden pallet.

Bratislava's tracks, which are narrower than those in Europe and North America, seem built for Moravec's purposes. And we love seeing the wooden shipping pallet—a great, cheap source of structural material—used in surprising ways. It has been used to build a house for refugees and gorgeously architectural office furniture—but we like the fact that this concept is playful and ingenious, and has a touch of inventor-anarchism to boot.

The tracks, by the way, are still active! Moravec glides through the city, occasionally kick-pushing like any skateboarder, while attempting to avoid the trains that, like him, are also skimming along the tracks.

[H/T Designboom]

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  • johnwilliamson

    If the bit about him using the tracks at the same time as the trams in the notes is true, he needs to be stopped before he gives some poor tram driver the trauma of having killed him. Idiot.

  • Roderick Llewellyn

    Remember that this is an urban railway, not a freight line in the country. There are pedestrians, autos, and bicycles all over the place. The fact that this young man is riding the tracks should make little safety difference, as the trolley operator already must be watching for general urban traffic.