A viral photo of a man dressed in a suit riding a bicycle up a freight train has been gaining traction in the US and UK.
The man, identified only as Mr. L, was riding up the train at the Washington-Baltimore freight station on Friday, but it has since been retweeted over 50,000 times and shared more than 1 million times.
“When I get to the top, I am going to take my bicycle, jump off, and ride up the rail,” he said, holding up the device that he used to ride the train.
“This is my way to get to where I need to go, to see friends and family and do things I love.”
Mr. L says he was riding his bike along the track to take pictures of the trains’ trackside signs and other landmarks.
He was wearing a suit and carrying a mobile phone, which he used as a selfie stick, he told reporters at the station.
“I’m happy to have a platform, I’m happy for people to have something like that to express themselves,” Mr. K said.
“People are always looking for ways to express their feelings and they find these things funny or interesting, they find things that they can relate to,” he added.
The man said he was not a stranger to the train station, having been riding there for years.
He has also posted videos of himself jumping off trains, including a video he made of himself on a train with friends in 2014.
“It’s a very interesting platform, it’s a unique place to be,” he told The Times.
“To have a little bit of fun, you know, take pictures, do whatever you want.
You know, you can do anything on it.”
The man’s comments sparked a debate on social media.
Some questioned why he would want to “up freight” at the tracks and said it was disrespectful to other passengers.
“Do you think this guy will be happy that he was up freighting the trains?
I think theres a lot of people that have the ability to take their pictures and take their video and upload it to social media, why is this not allowed?,” one user said.
Others defended the man, saying he was simply taking a selfie with his friends.
“Theres a whole generation of young kids out there that grew up with the internet and have never seen it, they don’t have a camera in their pocket,” one of the commenters said.
“If they want to go out and take a selfie on the tracks, it is their right to do so.”
Mr K told The New York Times he didn’t want to comment on the incident but added that he would like to see more people up freight.
“My goal is to have more people take selfies and have the opportunity to express yourself,” he wrote.
“So if we have this technology that allows us to share our thoughts with each other, I think it is going to be a great thing for our society.”
As a society we need to work on creating that social space where people feel safe to share their thoughts and emotions.