So, my dad commutes fixed everyday, riding with a front brake. However, when he travels sometimes he’ll flip the wheel over and ride free. As a result he has been missin that back brake. He decided to wire it under the seat.
Truth be told, he’s actually a unicyclist now because of course, “it’s the only true fixed gear”. As such, it is speculated by family members that this is where the impetus for such a baffling lever placement choice resides: