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London photo: why bikes are better than cars


Bike parking. (Near Old Street.)

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  • Bluejay
  • RogerBW

    Multiple choice comment:
    ① Clearly we need stackable cars.
    ② One boltcutter and a white van won’t let you steal a car.
    ③ And if I went into London not planning to drink, more often…

    I’ll see your Lincoln Futura and raise you a Ford Nucleon:


  • Bluejay

    Clearly we need stackable cars.

    Working on it.


  • Danielm80

    Stackable cars would make car thieves more visible.

    And, actually, I found an early prototype of the “stackable car” idea:


  • Bluejay

    Saving on parking space by assembling parked cars into giant standing robots is, possibly, the greatest idea ever.

  • Raise you this:

  • LaSargenta
  • Tonio Kruger

    Last time I checked — which was this morning — I felt a lot more comfortable driving a car during bad weather than I would be if I rode a bike.

    But that’s just me. ;-)

  • Tonio Kruger

    Heh. I still remember watching Goldfinger at a local college a decade or so ago and apart from the introduction of Honor Blackman, the one scene that drew the most enthusiastic response from the audience was the scene in which the Aston Martin was introduced.

    For what it’s worth, I never saw any movie goer display similar enthusiasm for any bike that has appeared in a movie. Not even in regard to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure — which was basically the ultimate bike movie.

  • Bluejay

    Well, to be fair, audiences did go nuts upon seeing the lightcycles in the Tron 2 teaser. That’s pretty much the only bike that I’ll concede might be cooler than any car.


  • Yes, because finding cars sexy is basic innate human behavior, and not cultural conditioning. :-)

  • Bluejay

    Damn RIGHT it’s an eternal human truth, and not cultural conditioning. I learned that from Springsteen.

  • Bluejay
  • LaSargenta

    …and all they fight for is gas and water. Is that a life?

  • Bluejay

    No. But the cars look cool. Terrible for the planet, but cool.

    I’m not disputing that bikes are better for the environment. They are. I’m just arguing aesthetics here. YMMV. :-)

  • Tonio Kruger

    What Bluejay said. :-)

  • Tonio Kruger

    Fair enough. But those are more comparable to motorcycles. And apart from maybe rare exceptions like the Batcycle, motorcycles have always had more coolness points in American pop culture than bikes. Marlon Brando’s cycle in The Wild One, Steve McQueen’s cycle in The Great Escape, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s cycles in Easy Rider, Henry Winkler’s cycle in Happy Days… The list of cool motorcycles is endless. Provided, of course, you don’t use them to jump over sharks…

    (And if you care to argue that there is no real difference between the two, I would not advise doing so at the local biker bar.)

  • RogerBW

    Yeah, bicycles basically became “just for kids” post-WWII when Americans could suddenly afford cars; look at the way bicycles are usually portrayed in film, as a children’s toy or a sign that an adult isn’t really fully adult. Premium Rush is a very rare exception.
    The UK picked up a side lobe of that and has only really started recovering since about 2000.

  • Bluejay

    Know what would really boost the coolness factor of bikes? If Daniel Craig got involved in a bike (not motorcycle) chase in the next Bond film.

  • LaSargenta

    Ok, forgetting about tech, in my shallow way, I just think that on average people who bike rather than drive are hotter.

    And this is coming from someone who loves to tinker with tech.

  • Bluejay

    on average people who bike rather than drive are hotter

    Well, operating a bike involves more exercise than operating a car, so no surprise there. :-)

  • LaSargenta



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