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* ''VideoGame/DeathRoadToCanada'' plays it straight either you have a car, or you're ''looking'' for an abandoned car to steal, walking on foot and suffering a plethora of bad events. More glaring because unlike other post-apocalyptic ''The Oregon Trail'' expies like ''VideoGame/OrganTrail'', the characters can and do lug around all their gear on foot if they're car-less.

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* ''VideoGame/DeathRoadToCanada'' plays it straight either you have a car, or you're ''looking'' for an abandoned car to steal, walking on foot without making any progress towards reaching Canada, and suffering a plethora of bad events. events that drain supplies and morale like crazy[[note]]unless one of the team members has the Pathfinder perk, that filters out negative events for at least a day[[/note]]. More glaring because because, unlike other post-apocalyptic ''The Oregon Trail'' expies like ''VideoGame/OrganTrail'', the characters can and do lug around all their gear on foot if they're car-less.car-less.
* In the ''VideoGame/Ashes2063'' total conversion for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', one no-name NPC envious of the PlayerCharacter's CoolBike mentions that he tried to leave the settlement he's in on a bicycle, and the townsfolk just laughed at him. The game never explains why he was not successful.


* ''Series/TheBarrier'': While the apocalypse wasn't as bad a most examples, it was still bad enough for most people to be unable to afford cars. That portion of the population is shown to be going around on bikes and several background characters are shown to be making a living selling bicycle parts.

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* ''Series/TheBarrier'': While the apocalypse wasn't as bad a as in most examples, works mentioned here, it was still bad enough for most people to be unable to afford cars. That portion of the population is shown to be going around on bikes and several background characters are shown to be making a living selling bicycle parts.

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* ''Series/TheBarrier'': While the apocalypse wasn't as bad a most examples, it was still bad enough for most people to be unable to afford cars. That portion of the population is shown to be going around on bikes and several background characters are shown to be making a living selling bicycle parts.


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* In ''Literature/TheStand'', one of the characters, after crashing a motorcycle and walking for a while thereafter because of his fear of a serious accident with no one around, suddenly realizes that he can just use a bicycle. He even chides himself as being foolish for not thinking of this. Several other characters also use bicycles to get around.

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* In ''Literature/TheStand'', one of the characters, after crashing a motorcycle and walking for a while thereafter because of his fear of a serious accident with no one around, suddenly realizes that he can just use a bicycle. He even chides himself as being foolish for not thinking of this.it sooner. Several other characters also use bicycles to get around.


On the other hand, the reasons might have less to do with what makes sense for the characters and more with what makes a better story. Bicycles, especially in some countries like the United States, are seen more as recreational devices and children's transportation, so they aren't very cool. It might undercut the drama of a bleak post-apocalyptic thriller if our grizzled hero is pedaling around on a BMX bike. It's generally more interesting if our heroes find a CoolCar or BigBadassRig. Driving and scavenging for fuel provide opportunities for dialogue and characterization moments that would be more difficult if our characters were bicycling, and there are also opportunities for [[TheAllegedCar mechanical breakdowns]], unexpected fuel shortages and JammedSeatbelts to add some surprise [[RuleOfDrama drama]]. And all of this is to say nothing of the opportunities for auto ProductPlacement.

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On the other hand, the reasons might have less to do with what makes sense for the characters and more with what makes a better story. Bicycles, especially A great deal of the world's fiction is written in some countries like the United States, where bicycles are seen more as recreational uncool transportation devices for children, recreation and children's transportation, so they aren't very cool.tree-hugging hippies. It might undercut the drama of a bleak post-apocalyptic thriller if our grizzled hero is pedaling around on a BMX bike. It's generally more interesting if our heroes find a CoolCar or BigBadassRig. Driving and scavenging for fuel provide opportunities for dialogue and characterization moments that would be more difficult if our characters were bicycling, and there are also opportunities for [[TheAllegedCar mechanical breakdowns]], unexpected fuel shortages and JammedSeatbelts to add some surprise [[RuleOfDrama drama]]. And all of this is to say nothing of the opportunities for auto ProductPlacement.


* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'', the VRMMO world of GGO is a post-apocalyptic Earth of empty deserts and destroyed cities. One of the vehicle options available for use is bicycles, which Team T-S uses in Squad Jam 2 to speed along the top of the map's boundary wall, in contrast to the more conventional vehicles other teams use such as military trucks and Humvees.


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* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'', the VRMMO world of GGO is a post-apocalyptic Earth of empty deserts and destroyed cities. One of the vehicle options available for use is bicycles, which Team T-S uses in Squad Jam 2 to speed along the top of the map's boundary wall, in contrast to the more conventional vehicles other teams use such as military trucks and Humvees.

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* After the power has mostly been shut down to the whole world at the end of ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', people are shown bicycling in the streets of Boston.

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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/Twilight2000''. Bicycles are considered much better than walking on foot. They by default multiply daily travel range by four, their maintaince is close to non-existent, and they don't require fuel other than eating roughtly 200 calories more per day of travel. They are also obviously unsuitable for combat and - depending on the edition - don't increase transport capacity or affect it only by a marginal value. With proper engineering and enough parts, it's possible to assemble a bike-powered cart, but again, it's only good for travelling and light transportation.
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* In ''Slow Music'' by Creator/JamesTiptreeJr Peachthief did, in fact have a bike, but a guy stole it. [[spoiler: She and Jakko later find the guy dead and the bike broken beyond use.]] She's ''really'' sore about that.

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* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' lets you use bicycles and skateboards to travel around the map faster. Since your vehicle options are limited, they will generally be the preferred mode of transport for savvy players.


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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E127TheOldManInTheCave The Old Man in the Cave]]", the residents of the Village use dilapidated cars drawn by horses.


Compare SchizoTech and ScavengerWorld. Contrast RagnarokProofing, for those rare cases where bicycles (among other objects) ''are'' still around and in working order, 500 years after the fact. Often involves GasolineLastsForever, where people still use cars instead of bikes years after the fuel should have become unusable, bearings and chains should have rusted solid, and tires rubber decayed into uselessness.

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Compare SchizoTech and ScavengerWorld. Contrast RagnarokProofing, for those rare cases where bicycles (among other objects) ''are'' still around and in working order, 500 years after the fact. even though bearings and chains should have long since rusted solid and rubber tires decayed into uselessness. Often involves GasolineLastsForever, where people still use cars instead of bikes years after the fuel should have become unusable, bearings and chains should have rusted solid, and tires rubber decayed into uselessness.
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