This anonymous and rather extreme Los Angeles street cycling video definitely comes under the category of “don’t try this at home folks”. Apparently this footage is not sped up either.
Dangerous though this looks, it does highlight some of the pitfalls of cycling in a very car-centric city like Los Angeles, and many other cities around the world for that matter.
In a world where more and more people are wanting to commute by bike instead of car, for both health and environmental reasons, some cities seem to make that desire all the more difficult by not providing adequately for cyclists. Our cities are built for cars.
This is not to say that the situation isn’t improving. For instance, in Los Angeles last year, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa together with the LA Bicycle Coalition launched a bicycle awareness campaign. “Give Me 3” encourages drivers to allow a 3 foot passing distance when passing bikes. California law currently requires drivers to give “a safe passing distance” to bikes.
The City of Los Angeles has said that the campaign is “just the first of many more initiatives we hope to see come to fruition to ensure that cyclists are safe and feel welcome on our city streets”. No small task in a city such a Los Angeles.
Additionally, in LA, as in many other cities, there are cycling organizations such as C.I.R.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange) attempting to promote biking as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice. There are also guides available for paved bicycle paths around Los Angeles, and around Northern Orange County.
Also well worth a mention are the biking enthusiast, or “Party on Wheels”, groups such as Midnight Ridazz, who get together every month or so to enjoy biking and having fun together.
Are you a city cyclist yourself? How do you find biking in your city?