It’s happened to all of us who’ve used a cycle lane, whether on a road or a shared-use one on a pavement – at some point it’s inevitable we’ll find a parked car blocking the route. So, what to do?
Well, one cyclist in Brazil took matters into his own hands – literally – by lifting the car to move it out of the way. After appearing to have removed its rear bumper to give himself more purchase, naturally.
The video, believed to have been shot in Sao Paolo, was posted to YouTube yesterday by Joe Loreto under the title, ‘O homem mais forte do mundo’ – ‘The world’s strongest man’ – and has since gone viral with more than 1 million views.
You have to feel for the rather less well built chap who wanders over towards the end to lend a hand, only to find that the job’s already been done, thank you very much.
It’s not the first video we’ve seen in recent months from Brazil that suggests that motorists ignoring the laws of the road do so at their peril.
Last month, this video emerged of a car that had been illegally parked in a space reserved for holders of a blue badge denoting they are able to park in a space reserved for disabled drivers – a point emphasised by the thousands of blue and white Post-It notes subsequently affixed to the vehicle.
And last October, in another video believed to have been shot in Brazil, a woman riding along a contraflow bike line blocked a motorist attempting to drive a vehicle in the opposite direction, to the evident glee of the watching crowd.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.