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Watch: Extreme Cycling LA–Style [Video]

extreme cycling LA-style

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.

City Cycling

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?

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  • Rosstipler

    Ok …give me three, it’s obvious the cyclist wasn’t too concerned about safe passing distances [so much for “give me three”], overall I don’t think the cyclist was concerned about theirs or anyone else’s safety for that matter. Frankly I think a vast number of cyclists have a bloody nerve to demand or ask for any concessions when their actions on both roads and footpaths leaved a lot to be desired when it comes to safety.

    Trakka

  • http://www.the9billion.com jjprojects

    Sure, there is some dangerous cycling. Isn’t there a lot of dangerous driving that goes on too? Those humans.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dbronaugh David Bronaugh

    Cyclists are responsible for their own safety and responsible to not do harm. So are you as a driver; and if you think some cyclists misbehaving in traffic is an excuse to drive like a dick around cyclists, you would be egregiously mistaken. Some of us have gotten rather good at getting plate numbers, and some (like this guy) ride with video cameras capable of capturing your plate number and actions.

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