Elon Musk’s Boring Company is set to revolution the face of … cycling?
In a series of Friday afternoon tweets, the totally not-a-Bond-villain CEO made clear that his proposed system of underground tunnels will not in fact be focused on whisking cars around. Instead, he insisted, they’ll be mainly for pedestrians and cyclists.
This is a change from the initial proposal, which depicted Teslas being shuttled around underground.
“Adjusting The Boring Company plan,” he tweeted, “all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars.”
He then clarified that the system “[will] still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met.”
Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
While the idea of creating a bold and new (underground) frontier for traffic jams always seemed a bit out there, Musk’s latest iteration is equally a head scratcher. I mean, if it’s all about efficiencies, then maybe we should just invest in better bike-lane infrastructure and existing public transit?
Oh, wait, the change is not about efficiency at all — at least according to Musk. Instead, it comes down to something else entirely. “It’s a matter of courtesy & fairness,” continued his tweet. “If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.”
And just what will this fantastical future look like? We’re so glad you asked. That’s because Musk also did us the favor of posting a mockup video of his underground pedestrian paradise.
So there you have it. The future isn’t cars (sorry Tesla fans!), it’s pedestrians and bikes — and we’re totally here for it.