There is no doubt that LA is dominated by the automobile. People spend hours in traffic with six lanes in both directions on many of the vast networks of freeways in this West Coast city.
There is also a really vibrant and amazing bike culture out there, taking it two the strees and highways, which is illustrated in these two videos.
One comes from Ross Harris, fellow Bicycle Film Festival filmmaker who recently had a video up on bike blog about the chopperercabras bike battle.
This is a brigade of tall bikes, well Ross describes it best…”Here is some more freak bike action from this weekend. Los Angelopes freak bike riders roll out to great Team Midnight Ridazz as they finish the Aids Life Cycle.”
Hosted by Blue stockings bookstore, this is a whole weekend of fun events around NYC such as turning the lower east side into a miniature golf course. (here is the bike related part of this post, in case you were wondering if bikeblog has gone off on another random tangent)
Sunday, June 7th. 3pm
Come Out & Play 2008 in New York
Bike Friendly City Pimp and build bike lanes for points and cred.
Start Time: Sunday 3 PM Starting Location: Sara D Roosevelt Park by the basketball courts at the corner of Houston St and Forsyth St # of players: 12-60 Duration: 1-2 hours URL: bikefriendlycity.com (the have their own website so more events may be coming) Designers: Catherine Herdlick
Part scavenger hunt, part guerilla art, and part bike race, Bike Friendly City is a game that arms teams with spray chalk and stencils to defend and create a pimped-out biker-friendly city. Play in the bike lanes and explore the streets in ways only an urban biker can appreciate!
The games was inspired by a passion for urban cycling and frustration with things that make that activity scary for the less adventurous. Run three times in 2007, the game has brought together individuals from different bicycle sub-cultures to play nice in our lanes (in a safe way!).
The Rules Bike Friendly City is an urban street game that invites you to playfully explore existing bike lanes and imagine what our city would be like if we had more of them!
Goal Teams of players compete to get the most points before time runs out. Points are earned by getting codes from city bike lanes and building new bike lanes on designated blocks. Bike Lanes’ points are defended by teams by “pimping” the bike lanes with stencils and spray chalk, effectively covering up the codes so that other teams can’t get and use them too
June 6th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Jefferson Siegel filled this report on Al Sharpton’s Mass Appeal.
Bell protesters come full cycle, join Critical Mass
By Jefferson Siegel
For a little while, it seemed like a Critical Mass from the â€œoldâ€ days. Cyclists filled the south end of Union Square for the first time in more than a year, gathering on the last weekday of Bike Month for a pre-ride rally while police stood by on the sidelines.
The rally, organized by Freewheels, the bicycle defense fund, featured a special guest: Reverend Al Sharpton and members of Sean Bellâ€™s family joined riders to speak out against the mass ticketing of cyclists and the fatal police shooting of Bell.