26 Replies to “Bikes on the streets Freeway”

  1. Holy crap was that awesome! Reminds me of the video of a nude man running through traffic on the Hollywood Freeway. I’m looking forward to a summer filled with Criminal Mass.

  2. There are not a lot of things one can do in this day and age to be truly subversive. This is one of them, despite the cliched music.

  3. That the 405 is off limits to bicycles implies that motorists have carte blanche despite the dreadful congestion that makes comparable motorways—such as Washington Blvd, Pico and Olympic—move far faster. Yet the latter roadways legally allow bicycles despite far more dangers.

    Moreover, the amount of cars passed by this small group of daring cyclists speaks volumes of the failure of all high-level personnel overseeing the southern CA infrastructure.

  4. If one of those cars to not see the bike and changed lanes, it would be an entirely different video.

  5. Truly awesome. Now if there were a freeway just for bikes…a girl can dream no? Or if our freeways were to become off limits to vehicles and only reserved for bikes.

  6. Utter insanity and what a way to prove a point. I doubt the outcome would have been the same if traffic was moving faster. I love those little anarchy to make a point.

  7. Just to let you know…

    The original “freeway” — the Pasadena Fwy/Arroyo Seco Parkway — was originally a “bikeway” from Pasadena into Downtown. The elevated, wooden structure was dismantled as the project proved less desirable than a roadway, which it later became.

    Angelenos had it right when they started; things just don’t always pan out as they plan them…

  8. Horace M. Dobbins’ California Cycleway Company was formed in 1897 with the intention of building an elevated wooden cycleway from Padaena to downtown Los Angeles.

    The company acquired a 6 mile right-of-way from the Green Hotel in Pasadena to Avenue 54 in Highland Park, but only the first 1 1/4 miles of the cycleway, running from the Green Hotel to near the Raymond Hotel in South Pasadena, was ever built.

    That first leg opened on New Year’s Day, 1900. It followed the path of what today is Edmonson Alley, between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenue, with a toll booth in Pasadena’s Central Park.

    The project stalled in 1901, as the cycling craze of the 1890s came to an end. The Pacific Electric Railway sealed the Cycleway’s doom, when it acquired the Pasadena & Los Angeles Railway’s existing electric railway, and built its own more direct Pasadena Short Line. Before the end of the decade, Dobbins’ Cycleway was dismantled and sold for lumber.

    Another Dobbins venture, the Pasadena Rapid Transit Company, acquired the right-of-way for a streetcar route, but that plan never came to fruition, either.

  9. “Padaena”? Sheesh. Up too late again.

    [And from one LA nerd to another, it’s good to see your pixels again, Mr. City Nerd. :-)]

  10. this vid rocked… and all this talk of nerds rocks! and mark rocks! but mostly i rock!
    as of Deathly Mallows i have become a registered member here… it’s on!

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