Tunnel Taxi is an open invite for a dangerous cyclist stunt
by Mark R
When it comes to solving traffic problems, there must be some conceptual designer who believes that going through the traffic is the answer for the future.
For example, there is a plan by a Chinese builder to create a big bus that manages to somehow flow over traffic. The mass transit carries the people up above while cars pass underneath.
This is similar to the Tunnel Taxi, also designed for solving problems with traffic, but keeps the traffic on the same level. As you can see, the Tunnel Taxi is a regular taxi with a deliberate hole in it. The passengers sit on each side, and cyclists ride right through the middle.
Hopefully, the cyclist and the taxi will be traveling along at a speed that makes a stunt like this easy to accomplish, like a lane change. You will notice the “cyclists enter at own risk” sign, along with the other disclaimer of “NYC Not Liable for Injury or Death”. Legally speaking, the Tunnel Taxi is a nightmare, which is probably why you may never see it.
By the way, is there any reason why the doors of the Tunnel Taxi can’t open facing out, instead of opening in the path of a possible oncoming cyclist? That would remove at least some of the inherent risk factors.