- The aliens land. (Photo: YouTube/VABikeCommuter)
As D.C. potentially faces the apocalypse of a twin earthquake and hurricane, the Roll Over America velomobiles are also arriving! Perhaps that's another sign of the end times? I wouldn't think so based on the friendly openness of the cross-country team of Europeans and Americans, which has spent the summer traveling in the "bike-car" vehicles known as velomobiles from Portland to D.C. to raise awareness of the vehicles' virtues. I like the idea and the blogs I've read from the band of intrepid velomobilists.
But not all towns have reacted so amicably. Here, one of the team reports a hilarious encounter with local police:
The police received a #UFO sighting report yesterday, turned out to be one of our Velomobiles
Not all too shocking but definitely hilarious. The velomobiles do have that otherworldly element to them. They're quite genuinely pods and look like they float across the Earth.
Bike Arlington shared a photo the organization managed to take.
Here's another photo, which refers to the velomobilists as "these hipsters" that rode in from Oregon.
My favorite dispatch from the multitude of local reactions is video that Arlington resident Brandon Jones captured of a line of velomobiles slowly and silently passing by in the last day. I can't embed the video in the post, but you should check it out yourself here and see why these velomobiles have been confused for UFOs. Larry Blakely shared another video as the team set out for their final 20 miles here. Other videos have emerged as the Roll Over America travelers stopped in Vienna and met with the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling yesterday.
Not UFOs, everyone. Don't worry. They're just bike-happy Europeans.