Tags: Carmageddon, rides, Westside
Over 100 riders of all ages and abilities joined Walk ‘n Rollers, LACBC, and our local chapters Culver City Bicycle Coalition and Santa Monica Spoke for Bike Carmageddon: The Westside Ride. Yes, for the second time in as many years Caltrans shut down the 405 freeway, known as the busiest freeway in the United States for 48 hours. Rather than panic or stay home with the doors locked and windows bolted, our members hopped on their bikes and enjoyed a 22-mile loop.
Starting from the Metro Expo line in Culver City, we then paused at the Santa Monica Bike Center, where we met up with the riders from Santa Monica Spoke, picked up some new riders, and enjoyed some light refreshments courtesy of Sprouts and Zenify. After that, we continued on to Westwood, where we stopped at the “Bad News Bears Park” and enjoyed Gatorade, Cruz bars, Clif bars, and shade from an obliging tree. Then it was back to Culver City where Rush Street Restaurant provided pizzas and lemonade. The entire ride was sponsored by the bikeways department at Metro who, like LACBC, understands that the 405 may be useful for some things, but certainly its temporary shutdown is not the end of the world.
Thanks to Jim Shanman for organizing the ride, all our volunteer marshals for guiding our riders, Santa Monica Spoke and Culver City Bicycle Coalition, and Metro and all the sponsors for their financial and in-kind support.
We showed everyone just how easy, safe, and fun biking on the Westside can be and were able to point out things like the Expo Phase II bikeway. We also had a great view of the shut-down 405 from Bad News Bears Park. The whole day seemed like just another great Saturday in the City of Angels, a city that provides an excellent backdrop for year-round cycling. Need more cycling excitement? Join us for CicLAvia on Sunday, October 7th. We also encourage you to join us for our Sunday Funday rides for LACBC members and their guests on the first Sunday of each month. Just keep on riding!