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Thursday
Aug182011

Park Slope needs A Lithuanian bike lane superhero 

First the dismissed lawsuit and now THIS! 

It's every PPW bike lane supporter's wet dream: a government official literally mowing down a car illegally parked in the bicycle lane. The mayor of Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, used an armored vehicle to make an example of a Mercedes (of course!) blocking the bicycle path. Mayor Arturas Zuokas, a bicycle enthusiast and small town hero, was quoted in BBC News as saying, "That's what will happen if you park your car illegally."

The video, available on the Vilnus City website was filmed for Swedish TV series, 99 Things You Should Do Before You Die.

Arturas Zuokas, Vilnius Mayor, comments:

“Sometimes it‘s the small things that cause the most irritation for city dwellers and make them feel helpless. If you see something, you have to say something or do something. I chose to do it with humor and I‘m glad that the world laughed along. Judging from the global reaction to the video, I can only guess that Vilnius is not the only city that has been trying to find a way to deal with these and similar issues. It‘s important for everyone to be involved in creating a good urban environment in which to live”.

Not only does Zuokas obliterate the car, he tells the entitled owner where he should park next time and cleans up the mess before hopping on his bike.

Can you imagine a future where Marty Markowitz demolishes cars blocking the bike lane then rides off into the sunset on his fixie? Of course, if it was up to Marty, the bike lanes would be elevated and cars would fly.

(Thanks to  FiPS reader Suzanne for sending us the link!)

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