“A Ride of Death”

by Tom on March 2, 2012 · 2 comments

in advocacy and activism,bike art,bike history

Aaah the forties, what a golden age that was.

Found via Retronaut.

ride of death 1

ride of death 2

Death 3

I think that last one’s my favorite – crushed not just by a car, but by an oil tanker (or “tankar”) ready to fuel up a hundred more kid-killing cars!

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Tim K March 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

Just lovely.

And these are tips from the “official” safety manual. Kind of make you wonder what gems were to be found in those covert, underground versions passed around among friends!

Erik Knutzen March 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I once put together an evening of bike and ped safety films taken off of archive.org (they’ve got some real gems). What emerged from watching all of them is a kind of hidden message: put those bikes away kids–you’re better off in a car once you grow up. At the risk of being conspiratorial, a lot of the safety films were sponsored by car companies or the AAA!

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