Get into gear!
Transportation Alternatives — which advocates alternatives to driving — is throwing a Bicyclists’ Ball and Pedestrian Prom at Boerum Hill’s Roulette on Aug. 12. But despite the theme of the evening, organizers said the bop’s DJ will not be exclusively spinning songs about alternative transportation. To correct this grievous oversight, The Brooklyn Paper has compiled a play list of the best songs about walking, cycling, and public transit, which the party — or any party — is free to use.
Warning — some music clips may not be entirely safe for work.
Possibly the most committed pedestrians in pop music.
Who hasn’t had a strained interaction with a fellow straphanger?
German synth pioneer Kraftwerk’s album-long homage to cycling’s biggest race.
Slow dance alert! Annie Clark is apparently the poster girl for Transportation Alternatives. Someone steals her bike, and she walks. Someone steals her shoes, and she takes the train.
This dance hall icon eschews buses, cabs, and mini-vans for his trusty ten-speed.
Perhaps the most obvious choice, but we couldn’t pass on seeing a ballroom full of bike nerds banging helmeted heads to the epic time signature change a minute into the song.
Folkies protest a fare increase with the story of a man getting stuck in the subway system. Sure it’s about Boston, but the sentiment is universal.
A jazz standard about the train that drove the Harlem Renaissance. The accompanying video does not depict the actual A Train, and these guys wouldn’t last a minute amid today’s subway performance crackdowns.
The chorus’s bluesy shuffle may chug like a locomotive, but the squealing guitars and cynical lyrics are clearly subway-inspired. Be a doll and just keep on ridin’, ridin’, ridin’.
If only everyone was so excited about buses.
Riding a bike in such a manner is not recommended.
You’ll be walking on sunshine when you liberate yourself from your car.
Why walk when you can roll in a brand new set of skates?
This little-known early track from the Australian band explores urban travel, stream-of-consciousness-style.
The theme from the 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System classic is sure to get some feet — and thumbs — moving.