Riding our bikes to work across the Brooklyn Bridge and through the congested streets of Manhattan often feels more like a form of intense entertainment than a means of transportation. For some, however, watching angry cyclists shout at innocent tourists clogging up the bike lane or feeling stuck in a live game of Frogger
is not enough cycling amusement, as bicycles are taking center stage in a number of entertainment, um, vehicles.
Bike Messenger Movie
Coasting fearlessly through traffic in a manner similar to how surfers ride waves,
NYC bike messengers rarely receive much accolade. Enter Premium Rush
(due in January), a thriller that promises to give those outside the Big Apple a look at the art, and perils, of urban cycling. The film, written and directed by David Koepp
, is about a NYC bike messenger who’s being chased by a crooked cop. Based on reports
, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the movie’s cast of actor-messengers received exhaustive coaching so that they could rival Kevin Bacon’s famous turn in the ’80s
. Whether it’s the next Quicksilver
remains to be seen, but we hope the tricks at least live up to the early ’90s legacy of The X Men
Bike Trick YouTube Star
: If you think the tricks flaunted by the local BMX crew in your neighborhood are impressive, you haven’t witnessed the feats of Scottish trick bike rider Danny MacAskill. The 24-year-old former mechanic has become a bona fide YouTube star. His first video, “Inspired Bicycles,”
has received nearly 22 million views since it was uploaded last year. His new video
, “Way Back Home,”
sees Danny on a journey from Edinburgh to his hometown Dunvegan (on the Isle of Skye), during which he introduces his urban bike antics to the Scottish highlands. Having received more than 2 million views within its first week of release, the video is one hell of a homecoming.