Our vote for the most kickass mayor of the year goes to Arturas Zuokas, mayor of Lithuania's capital Vilnius. How does he handle illegal car parking on bike lanes? By crushing a Mercedes-Benz with a tank.
Yeah, the whole video was a publicity stunt to "draw attention to the fact that the city intends to be proactive in its fight against illegal parking," but it's still one hell of a way to send a message. The lesson here is: don't illegally park your car, or Zuokas and his tank will flatten it.
According to Zuokas, blocking bike lanes isn't just dangerous, it "shows a lack of respect and won't be tolerated." The man sounds like a biker. Maybe he bikes in his free time. Maybe he was an avid biker before he became mayor of Lithuania's capital.
Who knows and who cares. We need more mayors with the balls to stand up for bikers. As more cities (like our very own New York City) become tricked out for bikers with dedicated lanes, cars, trucks and motorcycle drivers need to start being a whole lot more considerate.
Whenever I see cars parked on bike lanes in NYC, I get a little ticked off. Zuokas, you're welcome to bring your tank to NYC. I can promise you there are tons of illegally parked cars to fulfill your crushing pleasures. Maybe hook our Mayor Bloomberg up with a tank for his own video?