Saturday, August 1, 2015

A bike waiting for a bus ride

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Just in time for today's City Daily Photo community's Theme Day on bicycles I happened on this strange scene at Beer Sheva's Central Bus Station.

I've never seen a bike inside the terminal.
The only way to get a bike onto a bus in Israel is to hope that the not-large luggage compartment in the bottom of the bus is not full of backpacks and baby strollers.

The other strange thing was that the apparent bike owner was wearing a fedora, like a Chabad hat, together with an Air Force uniform -- a no-no for the IDF.
It's fine for Orthodox soldiers to be black hatters when they are home on leave, but no soldier may mix private headwear with the public uniform.

Enlarge the photo a few times to see the nice mix of girl and boy soldiers, Bedouins, tourists, and locals. 
That's it from Beer Sheva, folks, now go see what bikes the many City Daily Photo bloggers have found in their cities around the world!
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15 comments:

Birdman said...

That bike looks exhausted. Busy day, I bet. Bikes can rest too. Nuff said.

Denton Harryman said...

When our city put bike rakes on the buses we called it multi-modal transportation. We now also have reserved spaces for bikes on our light rail trains. Thx for the explanation of the hat.

Dina said...

Birdman, yeah, it's kind of disconcerting to see a bike down on its side, right?

Denton, shalom. Lucky you. Israel has a long way to go before bikes get space on public transportation.

"Black hatter" is apparently what Americans call very Orthodox Jewish men who wear black hat, black suit, black shoes all the time. Americans, correct me if I'm wrong. I first heard that term only recently, and only once.

Hels said...

Have you noticed .... the soldiers are starting to look younger and younger, at least to my middle aged eyes :)

VP said...

Birdman is right: that's a 'tired' bike!

Dina said...

Hels, yep, 18 is young any way you look at it. I guess that's why I always call them girl- and boy-soldiers.

VP, the bike needs a good pick-me-up.

William Kendall said...

I wonder what a superior officer might have thought about that infraction of the rules.

Karl Demetz said...

Interesting photo, Dina, and a nice title too.
The bike really seems to be a little tired :)

RedPat said...

Such young kids to be soldiers.

Gosia k said...

so interesting photo

Julie said...

Well, I reckon that if strollers are allowed on buses, then bicycles should be allowed, too. I am not sure that bicycles are allowed on Sydney buses, but they are allowed on our trains.

Gerard Michaud said...

Dina, you always capture the soul of the people .

Kay said...

I wonder if he was able to get on the bus with the bike.

LOLfromPasa said...

We are all curious to know whether or not he got on the bus with that bike :-).

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your interesting observations. Sorry I don't have an answer whether the bike got on the bus, since my bus to Meitar left soon after I took the photo.

Alice, thank you. That is such a nice compliment. :)