No matter how many blue cycle lanes you paint on the road, cycling in cities is always going to have a certain amount of risk attached.

So why not fly above it?

A prototype 'flying bike' has been demonstrated successfully taking off for the first time, and given a few more years might just represent a new frontier in commuting.

The flying bike uses six giant rotating fans to provide lift and balance, powered by batteries.

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Duratec Bicycles unveiled the machine in the Czech Republic, albeit only with a dummy pilot.

They hope to improve the prototype and make it safe enough for human pilots - depending on battery tech matching their ambitions. Unfortunately weight restrictions mean the machine only has a five minute capacity, currently.

"Because the capacity of batteries doubles about every 10 years, we can expect that in the future the capacity would be enough for the bike to used for sports, tourism or similar things," said Milan Duchek, who is technical director of Duratec Bicycles.

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  • Two men watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

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    Journalists take photos of a flying bike, unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Journalists take photos of a flying bike, unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A picture taken on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague shows a dummy sitting on the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools''. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A technicians prepares the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Technicians watch the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CZECH-TECHNOLOGY-FLYING-BIKE

    A picture taken on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague shows a dummy sitting on the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools''. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy is ready for its during presentation fly in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight.(AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

  • Two men watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

  • Journalists watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT