Comedian Mark Malkoff Races Big Wheel Against M42 Crosstown Bus, Wins

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – If you thought crosstown traffic was bad, a Queens comedian has gone to unusual lengths to prove that it’s true.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell: It Was The Big Bad M42 Bus Against Mark Malkoff’s Kid’s Big Wheel

bigwheelvsbus Comedian Mark Malkoff Races Big Wheel Against M42 Crosstown Bus, Wins

Comedian Mark Malkoff lines up against an M42 bus for the big race. (credit:

“I almost never take the bus anymore because they are way too slow here in the city,” Mark Malkoff says in a video posted online.

Malkoff came up with a unique way of testing his theory: racing a bus across town in a child’s Big Wheel. Malkoff selected the mile-long stretch of 42nd street running from 10th Avenue to Madison Avenue.

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Wearing a reflective vest and helmet, Malkoff set off on his big wheel, which was kitted out with a video camera. Another cameraperson wearing a reflective vest ran beside him to capture the action.

In the video, Malkoff appears to beat the bus to Madison Avenue by one minute, 38 seconds. The bus took 14:20 to get across town, the Big Wheel 12:42.

However, it was an effort.

“My legs are in so much pain,” Malkoff says.

The video comes on the heels of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration proposals to alter traffic patterns along 34th Street. The proposals were spurred by a desire to speed up buses there.

In December, the M42 bus received the “Pokey Award” for the second year in a row making it, again, the slowest bus in the city. The annual report from the Straphangers Campaign says the bus recorded an average speed of 3.6 miles per hour.

What do you think? Could a Big Wheel beat a crosstown bus? Should more be done to ease traffic in New York City? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • james jhonson

    Get a bike you broke joke

  • Dan Te

    Are you allowed to ride a Big Wheel toy on the streets of NYC?

    • Michael H.

      If you’re wearing a helmet, have the proper reflective gear, a bell and a mirror I don’t see a problem.

  • Todd Crenshaw

    There is no sane reason for an able bodied person to ride a cross-town bus.

  • RalphP

    If the traffic lights are programed to favor north/south traffic (along the Avenues), then you can expect cross town traffic to be slow. When I’m in the City I either walk or take the subway – much faster to get around.

  • Big Nard

    If you ride a bus in the daytime in NYC you must have a lot of time. One you have to deal with traffic, two, most old people take buses during day and it takes them an hour to get on and off the bus, and three, you can’t hardly get a seat.
    Don’t use the bus if you are in a hurry.

  • madmary

    I live along 42nd Street and I am constantly walking because the bus never comes and when it does you can walk faster. At times you could wait up to 20 or more minutes for it to come as you see on the other side 4 buses go by in a row. I can’t tell you how many times I start to wait and then just walk the whole way with my 10 year old son. One time we counted 7 buses on the other side as we walked the whole way home and one still didn’t come on the side we were walking. So, I totaly believe that a big wheel bike could beat that bus because we do it almost daily. We joke about it all the time how unreliable and slowwww it is…

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