Commute Challenge: Bike Share bike vs helicopter, guess who wins?

We’ve seen the car vs bike (and sometimes vs public transportation) commuter challenges that pit various forms of transportation. For today’s Traffic #Popepocalypse in Manhattan, Huff Post Business Reporter Shane Ferro challenged a helicopter taxi service to a race across town.

shane vs helicopter

The fun aspect of this race is that Ferro did this on a heavy CitiBike bike share bike. She notes the similar bike vs JetBlue race during the Los Angeles Carmegeddon in 2011, when a group of athletic cyclists raced the 40 miles from Burbank to Long Beach on road bikes.

I’m also reminded of a bike vs helicopter challenge in Sao Paolo, Brazil that took place in 2009.

I won’t reveal the winner of this Manhattan race, so click here for the story and the results. Tip of the hat to Eric in Boulder, CO.


  • September 25, 2015 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Great story. Shame about the comment section.

  • September 25, 2015 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Oof, I didn’t read the comments section. I’m afraid to look.

  • September 25, 2015 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Don’t bother to, it isn’t worth it. I was hoping there would be someone encouraging the attempt but it was all just sadness. I am very impressed and thought the use of a citibike really made it about what transportation options exist and are easy. The totally doable average speed was a bonus. Excellent demonstration of the benefits of a bike share program and how it adds to a healthy transportation system.

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  • Thor
    September 28, 2015 - 7:44 am | Permalink

    Helicopters are so obnoxious–they’re always flying over my house. Way to go!

  • Pete
    September 28, 2015 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Thor, if you live in Santa Clara County, you are paying the Sheriffs to do so frequently. Good thing (av) gas is cheap…

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