Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The Bicycle Diaries - Lithuania

Did anyone else see this yesterday?



Is this genius or madness? I don't know what is better, the fact that the mayor is targeting the cars of the rich or the fact that we have this chav-gangster type who comes out ans says 'oh, no, my poor car!' Or that the mayor actualy cycles back, after cleaning the streets!

It is comedy gold, but of course, Vilnius is not the only place in the world where its elected officials takes place in crazy stunts to garner votes. However, the mayor of Vilnius does state something important. If these rich people are blatantly flouting the law, making the streets less safe for other users, what do we do with them?

Whether it will be a tank or a bunch of parking tickets, who knows? But what seems to be a common problem across much of Europe is the fact that cars and bikes do not get along. In London, it has got political, while in much of the continent, there are questions being raised about how much the car has come to dominate.

One thing is certain. A the internal combustion engine slowly slips into oblivion as oil runs out, it will be the humble pedal cycle that will still be around in a few decades time...

2 comments:

magiceye said...

was thinking of bicycling just this morning. no i dont have one!

el director! said...

@magiceye - get one! they are so much fun, except when it is raining!