Runnin’, Runnin’ and Runnin’, Runnin’

Over the past few months we’ve been doing our best to spread the clean air message. For all of you who have ditched your gas-guzzling cars for a chance to ride your bike, walk, skate, or carpool – we applaud you.

But we want to take things way back, to a time before the wheel. Before Fred Flinstone’s eco-friendly bedrock cruiser. What’s the healthiest, most eco-friendly way to get around? Foot power. We humans have been running for thousands of years.

Check out some of our favorite bi-pedal movie scenes.

Run, Forrest, Run – The iconic phrase that haunts all middle school track athletes. In this classic, Forrest Gump runs back and forth across the country in 3 years.

Rocky – He’s got the eye of the tiger, and he’s training hard for his big fight. In this scene, Rocky isn’t just running to get from Point A to Point B. He’s running to get to victory.

Chariots of Fire – These boys are going for a good old fashioned beach run in the opening credits of this movie. Nothing like a workout in slow motion.

Casino Royale –James Bond chases down a bomb-maker, parkour style, through a village in Madagascar. Epic

Indiana Jones – Sometimes we have to clean-commute ourselves right out of the path of those gargantuan boulders.

The Matrix – Trinity makes leaps and bounds, over buildings and through windows, in her escape from the evil agents.

Men in Black – NYPD all-star (played by Will Smith) chases down a super-speedy alien criminal.

Run Lola Run – It’s pretty much a whole movie about running…

Terminator 2 – Why are the bad guys always so fast? And persistent!

The Bourne Supremacy – Jason Bourne hits the beach for a morning workout, meanwhile his girlfriend finds out his secrets:

What are your favorites? Share them in the comments (and earn aircreds).

Movie Scenes – Bicycle Edition

Here at On Air, we love a good movie almost as much as we love clean air and clean commuting. And we thought it was only right to follow up our last post about public transit in the movies with a list of our favorite bicycle movie scenes.

So, there are a lot of bike movies that are way before your time (before my time, even). But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth a watch. We’ve come up with a list of scenes from movies that you will actually recognize—but first, the classics:

#1: Better Off Dead (1985) – in this scene, a determined paper boy rides down John Cusack, in pursuit of his rightfully earned $2. (Hey, that was kind of a lot of money in 1985.) (Also, don’t try this stuff at home.)

#2 The Great Muppet Caper (1981) – Who doesn’t love the Muppets? We’ve got to give clean air props to Kermit and Piggy, who ride their bikes through the park in this classic scene:

#3 E. T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) – Even if it’s over than 10 years older than you are, you have to have seen E.T. This classic film has one of the most iconic bike scenes of all time!

#4 Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – Gosh! We sure do love Napoleon, especially when he takes Pedro’s bike for a spin. Lucky!

#5 127 Hours (2010) – This movie has a killer mountain biking scene. Unfortunately, it’s not on Youtube, but we thought it deserved a mention anyway. Here’s a taste from the trailer.

#6 Premium Rush (2012) – This is an entire movie about biking! Again, YouTube hasn’t  got a hold of specific scenes yet, but the trailer you will show you just how much action-cycling there really is.

#7 Transporter 3 (2008) – This is probably my favorite scene of the bunch. Action star Jason Statham chases down his stolen car from a bicycle, and puts a bike-fu hurt on the bad guy.

So there you have it, a few of our favorite biking scenes from the big screen. Who did we miss? What is your favorite bicycling scene?

All rights too these film clips belong to their respective studios.