Lithuanian mayor crushes car to clear bike path

Lithuanian mayor crushes car to clear bike path

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by Lithuanian Tribune and KGW Staff

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Posted on August 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 3 at 8:47 AM

Arturas Zuokas, Mayor of Vilnius, has never been camera-shy, and his latest exploits include his love of alternative transport as well.

Often seen riding around Vilnius on his Segway, or more lately an electric powered bicycle, like all like-minded commuters he is constantly angered by cars which park in the middle of bike paths.

Instead of bending a rear-view mirror or running a coin down the side of the duco, our media minded mayor instead went to the top. Right over the top that is.

Zuokas got hold of a tank and ran over a Mercedes Benz which was parked in the bike lane on Gedimino Prospectas, the main street of Vilnius.

In a youtube video posted on the web, the mayor complains that many expensive cars are parked illegally and are seemingly not bothered by fines, and wonders what is the best way to deal with the situation.

A tank he decides is the only answer.

The clip was shot for a Swedish television show called: 99 Things to do Before You Die.

“I really did drive the tank and with this initiative we wanted to remind people that you need to respect others. At the same time we wanted to show that Lithuanians are original and creative people,” Mayor Zuokas told the Lithuanian Tribune

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