Arturas Zuokas, World’s Most Bike-Friendly Mayor [Updated]

From the Irish Independent:

Rebellious Lithuanian mayor Arturas Zuokas has taken clearing bike lanes of illegally parked cars into his own hands.

He drove an army personnel carrier over an old Mercedes-Benz S-Class that had been parked in a bike lane in the capital Vilnius in a bid warn owners of “posh” cars that they have to abide by the rules like anyone else.

“I wanted to send a message,” the avid cyclist and former war correspondent said.

Not only does their mayor crush bike lane blocking luxury cars by running over them in armored military vehicles, but residents of Vilnius can apparently make trips on their public bike system for free. Can Rahm Emanuel top that?

Updated with the video version subtitled in English.

  • Anonymous

    That. Is. Awesome.  Just made my day.

  • Awesome!  But i’m still really confused by what I just watched.  Any one have a translation? 

  • Guest

    This looks like a job for the Times Up bike clowns.  

  • Eric McClure

    How do we get Arturas Zuokas into the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary?

    And who wants to chip in on this: http://www.tanksforsale.co.uk/

  • Mayor Bloomberg was going to do the exact same thing today, but his tank was stuck in traffic on Centre Street.

  • while I admire the passion of Vilnius’s mayor, I don’t see it as a model to follow. The infraction and the sanction are out of proportion. 

  • while I admire the passion of Vilnius’s mayor, I don’t see it as a model to follow. The infraction and the sanction are out of proportion. 

  • Anonymous

    This would never happen in Berkeley. Too many police cars would get crushed.

  • The Estonian government has a long track record of using gimmicks to announce things. This comes as no surprise. 

  • The Estonian government has a long track record of using gimmicks to announce things. This comes as no surprise. 

  • Eric McClure

    @twitter-216460365:disqus , I think it’s pretty safe to say that this was a staged stunt, not an actual enforcement action (though we can wish).

  • Anonymous

    I was concerned about the glass and was super happy to see him sweep it up himself. 🙂

  • eric

    The whole thing is a stunt, the Mercedes was purchased for the  video.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/vilnius-mayor-mounts-tank-crush-car-parked-bike-194309742.html
    “Vilnius purchased the vehicle specifically for the video stunt, according to the Guardian report.”

  • castlebreaker

    It’s a pity there aren’t actually any cyclists in those bike lanes.

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