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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:42 PM
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New York City bus so slow, man beats it on a Big Wheel trike
Queens comedian races bus across midtown on kids' toy trike, and wins by a country mile

The M42 bus is so slow, a grown man on a child's Big Wheel-like trike can beat it across midtown.

Mark Malkoff, 35, challenged one of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's notoriously sluggish buses in a mile race on 42nd St. from 10th Ave. to Madison Ave. and won by two minutes and 38 seconds.

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Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said Malkoff's feat is less surprising than it is aggravating: "It's a fact of New York life, but it's awful," he said. "That bus is actually slower than a running chicken."

The 5-foot-7, 131-pound Malkoff set out at 1:18 p.m on Feb. 17 to test his pedal power against the MTA behemoth. Riding a Razor Rip Rider 360 he ordered off Amazon for $80, Malkoff waited for his unsuspecting opponent at the traffic light at 10th Ave. and 42nd St.

"Once the green light went, the bus was destroying me," Malkoff said. "Then we were neck and neck for a while, and suddenly I was able to propel myself faster."



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/06/2011-04-...

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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:45 PM
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1. Yep, the good old 42nd St Crosstown
Almost can WALK faster
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:47 PM
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2. Offtopic, but that race took place in the Coolest Damn Place In The World.
I <3 Times Square.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:53 PM
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3. by the way, this is the Big Wheel as I remember the horrible toys
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eilen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:25 PM
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4. Two of those racing down the driveway
at 8 am on a Saturday morning made an ungodly noise and I let my downstairs neighbors know it back when I was in college.

For that they got to hear my furniture move at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

Yes, I know, immature. I've grown since then.

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:15 PM
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6. It was the noise I hated also. Horrible sounds of the plastic wheels on cement
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:53 PM
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5. So why would anyone take it?
I guess if you had a lot of groceries or were somehow impaired.

But otherwise it seems foolish.
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