Well the footboard is a pedal. A pedal is a lever used by the foot to do work. That's the definition of pedal. Therefore, it is a lever and not a gear. The pedal itself may utilize gears to do work, as in a bicycle, and thus change the rate of work the pedal does, but it itself is not a gear. An engineer should know this.Please, I'm an engineer don't tell me things like that. I know better whether you like it or not.