Presumably invented by lazy skaters who couldn’t be bothered to stand up, the extreme sport of street luge involves lying prostrate on a giant skateboard and hurtling, feet first, down a road at pant-wetting speeds. Lugers can reach speeds above the ground, that feels even faster than it sounds.
With no hint of machine power in sight, lugers are sent crashing downhill by the force of gravity alone. You steer around bends by leaning into them and brake by using your feet. The fact that lugers must wear full motorcycle leathers and a crash helmet indicates that, yes, this pursuit isn’t without risk. Street luging is popular in the States, Australia, Switzerland and Germany and UK.