Cyclists and Pedestrians Were Jerks In 1908 Too

An absolutely fascinating seven minute film of the streets of Barcelona in 1908, taken with a camera mounted on the front of a streetcar. The streets are dominated by bicyclists and pedestrians, many of whom appear to be in a non-stop game of chicken with the trolley. It is lovely to see a world without cars where streets are for people; not so lovely to see that riding habits haven't generally improved.

Or perhaps it is just a Barcelona thing, tangling with streetcars. In 1926 Antoni Gaudi, architect of the Sagrada Familia and many other wonderful Art Nouveau buildings, was run over by one. From Wikipedia:

On 7 June 1926 Gaudí was run over by a tram. Because of his ragged attire and empty pockets, many cab drivers refused to pick him up for fear that he would be unable to pay the fare. He was eventually taken to a pauper's hospital in Barcelona. Nobody recognized the injured artist until his friends found him the next day. When they tried to move him into a nicer hospital, Gaudí refused, reportedly saying "I belong here among the poor." He died three days later on June 10, 1926, at age 73, half of Barcelona mourning his death. He was buried in the midst of La Sagrada Família.

via Neatorama and Dark Roasted Blend.

Tags: Barcelona | Bikes | Wayback Machine

2014 Gift Guide

WHAT'S HOT ON FACEBOOK