Blood Transfusion

bike the strike

If you are not commuting by bike already and don’t have a ready to ride bicycle it might be a good idea to start looking for this pump of yours and put some air in those tires you’ve been ignoring for too long.

Traffic is already bad in central Stockholm but it’s about to get worse as a public transport strike appears likely to kick off on Wednesday night and since I believe it’s unlikely you’re going to get your hands on an automobile from the royal carpool you’d better be considering the bicycling option already.

Bus lanes will be free from public transportation and – I give you that – it’ll be quite tempting to just use them as bonus car lanes but you probably won’t get away with it. Because you know, for you and me, well, certain things are allowed and others are just not and driving in a bus lane falls in the latter category.

Tomorrow evening there will be two kinds of taxpayers in Stockholm: those who’ll choose the cycling option and those who’ll be stuck in traffic behind the steering wheel.

And there will be a third kind of Stockholmers, the kind that won’t ride a bike, will drive in the bus lane and get away with it, the kind of Stockholmers who, given the circumstances, can do whatever they want. Because you know, for that third kind of people, certain things are allowed and others are just not but given the circumstances those things that are not allowed well… they are.

Bike the strike or get a royal blood transfusion. You have two options. Really.

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Laurent Pignon

Born in 1980 in France. Got lost in Finland in 2002. Living in Sweden since 2005. Daily, year-round, rain snow or shine bicycle commuter since 2012. And yes, that’s lots of dates.

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