Sick and tired of getting stuck in traffic on one of our area's many bridges? Who the hell's not? Luckily, the Quadski is here. Or is almost here.
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Yes, for a cool $40K, you will soon be able to own the Gibbs Sports Amphibians-produced amphibious ATV, which according to reports will be available for purchase in the US by the end of the year and worldwide by 2014. While owning the Quadski might not pay huge dividends in the heartland, in Seattle, where commuters regularly find themselves trapped on gridlocked bridges, the vehicle could be a lifesaver. Or a timesaver.
The Quadski, a one-person all-terrain vehicle priced at $40,000, reaches up to 45mph on land or water.
At the press of a button the four wheels fold up and tuck into the sides in five seconds. Another press of the button brings the wheels out again. "You just drive straight into the water, quite fast, and keep on going. It's sort of magic," said Alan Gibbs, founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians.
Honestly, who doesn't need to add a little magic to their commute?
Despite the fact the Quadski will be marketed to outdoorsy types and first responders (and, according to the AP, got around typical safety requirements like airbags because it's an ATV), a trendsetter in Seattle could make use of the vehicle to spice up the commute and shave valuable minutes off time typically spent bumper-to-bumper on bridges.
Just think of the possible ramifications:
- Say you're due in Bellevue for a big job interview, but lost track of time watching Live with Kelly and Michael. It happens to the best of us. But now, with the Quadski, you could simply throw some waterproof clothing over that power suit and still make it to Bellevue in plenty of time to grab a Frappuccino on the way.
- Say you travel to West Seattle, but don't want to wait for the water taxi to bring you back. Now, with the Quadski, you could be your own water taxi!
- Say you're like Seattle Weekly Music Editor Chris Kornelis and you live in Bremerton. Instead of spending two hours a day "working" on the ferry, you could spend that time every day being a total badass on your Quadski!
- Say you're in Gig Harbor but don't want to support the man by paying the toll to get back to civilization. With the Quadski, you could save yourself that toll and impress a few drunks at the Beach Tavern when you pull up on dry land at Titlow in the process!
Honestly, the possibilities are nearly endless. If you're not sold on the Quadski at this point, you're stuck in the past. The future is so obviously amphibious.