Noted Internal Combusion Engine Critic Test Drives Smart Car
Writer and bike transportation evangelist John Greenfield admits his “dislike” of automobiles in his recent column in this week’s New City.
To be clear, Greenfield who bikes literally everywhere, is actually opposed to Chicago’s over dependence on the automobile and obviously prefers alternative, more eco-friendly modes of transportation.
Greenfield recently rode his bike from Chicago to north suburban Lincolnwood and shockingly, jumped into a gas powered internal combustion engine vehicle and took it for a test drive.
The automobile in question is the relatively new Smart Car, a car that lines up closely with his views on personal transportation.
Tiny and gas efficient, he says Smart Car handles much like a go-kart and is a blast to drive. It’s also easy to parallel park, which is not a surprise when one considers that a car the size of a Smart Car can fit into tight spots half the size of a normal car.
From a strictly practical point of view, the car’s diminutive size may make it the perfect vehicle choice for driving and parking in highly congested urban areas.
Read an avowed bike rider’s take on the Smart Car in this week’s New City, “Are Smart Cars Smart?”
Greenfield also co-publishes GRID Chicago (along with Steven Vance), a great, informative and well-written website devoted to biking and “sustainable” transportation.