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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.