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Car vs. inline skates: racing through Zurich, part 2

Simon Balissat
Zurich, on 24.04.2019
One of our Galaxus adverts shows an SUV being held up by inline skaters. A real-life scenario? Simon in a car and Michael on inline skates set out on a head-to-head race through Zurich.

Three stages, three everyday situations, two means of transport. First off, we’re heading from the digitec store to the recycling point to dispose of our empty bottles. Stage two takes us to the local supermarket and in our last stage, we’re picking up our friends and meeting up on Sechseläutenplatz. While Michael is taking the direct route on his inline skates, Simon in the SUV is moving no faster than 50 km/h.

*SUV vs. inline skates**: racing through Zurich, part 1video


*SUV vs. inline skates**: racing through Zurich, grand finale


Michael won the first stage. He got to the recycling point quicker. Now we’re heading to a supermarket on the other side of the city. Can Simon catch up?

Stage 2: shopping

Recycling point

Migros Wengihof

Linear distance
1,400 metres

Source: Google Maps
Source: Google Maps

After Simon lost the first stage, he’s eager to catch up. What works in his favour is that the destination is on the other side of the rail tracks, which means Michael is forced to take a detour. Having dais that, Michael can go down Langstrasse on his skates, while Simon has to drive all around it.

Who will arrive at Sechseläutenplatz first?

Car vs. inline skates

Who will win our three-stage race?

  • Inline skates: Michael will get there first
  • SUV: in normal traffic, Simon will be the winner
  • A draw: they'll arrive at the same time

The competition has ended.

The last stage of our race will take us to our final destination: Sechseläutenplatz.

Will the navigation device help Simon get there faster?
Will the navigation device help Simon get there faster?

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Simon Balissat
Simon Balissat
Senior Editor, Zurich
When I flew the family nest over 15 years ago, I suddenly had to cook for myself. But it wasn’t long until this necessity became a virtue. Today, rattling those pots and pans is a fundamental part of my life. I’m a true foodie and devour everything from junk food to star-awarded cuisine. Literally. I eat way too fast.

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