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The top 5 most wacky transit stories of 2012

Posted By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor On December 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am In Links & Tidbits | 2 Comments

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten [1] from Focus Forward Films [2] on Vimeo [3].

With 2013 quickly approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at 2012 and remember some of the highlights. This first installment of top five lists for 2012 looks at some of the weirdest transit news we posted in our Links and Tidbits series [4] of posts this year.

  • This video is one of those cases where you wonder if you’re being fooled. Could such a helmet really exist? Are we looking at the future of cycling safety or is this just a wasted endeavour or a well thought out practical joke? Whatever it is, it sure gets the old grey matter going.




  • This four part Slate series on walking [5] looks at why Americans don’t walk as much as they used to. One reason given is that walking is so obvious that people forget to do it. The thought of people forgetting that they could and should walk is both fascinating and depressing at the same time.


  • ¬†Finally, if you think that you have your local transit system connection down to a science and couldn’t make your trip any faster, you may be wrong. Have you heard of transit marathons [8] before? People compete to see who can make a trip on transit from a to b the fastest. There are rules [9] to follow so that the Guinness Book of Records can document the winners!

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URLs in this post:

[1] The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten: http://vimeo.com/43038579

[2] Focus Forward Films: http://vimeo.com/focusf

[3] Vimeo: http://vimeo.com

[4] Links and Tidbits series: http://buzzer.translink.ca/?cat=46

[5] former mayor: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/the-known-unknowns-of-rob-fords-near-future/article5949838/

[6] mayor requested a TTC bus to pick up the football team he coaches: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ttc-was-confused-about-fords-and-polices-calls-for-a-bus/article5838717/

[7] RER train car converted to look like the Palace of Versailles: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171124/Paris-commuter-train-carriages-transformed-resemble-rooms-Palace-Versailles.html

[8] transit marathons: http://www.humantransit.org/2012/03/guest-post-the-transport-challenger-by-adham-fisher.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HumanTransit+%28Human+Transit%29

[9] rules: http://geofftech.co.uk/tube/rules2009.pdf

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