Instead of grumpily swerving around pedestrians walking on the Brooklyn Bridge bike path, cyclist Noam Osband spent New Year’s Day singing his way along the path to disperse the crowd—and his journey recently went viral.
“The bike lane isn’t well marked, and it’s usually full of tourists looking at their phones to take a good photo,” he wrote in a post published this week on the Daily O; typically, he says, he would shout his way through the crowd—often ineffectually.
But on January 1, he decided to try a new tactic: the power of song. With an impressive baritone, he belted out “Bike lane, don’t stand in the bike lane,” to the tune of the Star Wars Main Theme, as he pedaled. Unbeknownst to him, YouTuber Edwin captured the whole thing and posted it as “Bike Lane Hero.” The video found its way to the front page of Reddit, where Osband was shocked to see (and hear) himself.
To date, “Bike Lane Hero” has racked up nearly one million views, and the comments are largely positive.
Osband’s conclusion to his blog post is something we can absolutely get behind: “I guess the lesson is that both bicycles and the internet are amazing things.”
See Osband in action here: