According to Slate's Paul Ford, bike sharing programs sprouting up across North American cities are preparing us for the inevitable end of the world.
A Citi Bike would have made perfect sense in Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Imagine:
The man put the boy on the handlebars of the bicycle.
It had once been blue. Streaks of cerulean remained in the spectral lines of dulled gray aluminum. It was heavy and his leg ached as he pedaled.
Who used to ride this bicycle, Papa?
No one person rode this bicycle. The bike was shared by everyone who could pay.
Did the people who shared the bikes carry the fire?
They thought they carried the fire.
Turns out the lack of bikes in end-of-the-world narratives has been identified as a cultural issue of significance; there's even a TV Tropes page called "No Bikes in the Apocalypse" thaAny chance you can cover north for me tomorrow? I'd like to be close if my wife needs me.t takes this sort of story to task for forgetting that bicycles would work just fine if there wasn't any gasoline.
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