IAAL•MAF Invitational No. 7: The Watts Happening II Ride

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2008/02/wh2card2-thumb.jpgThis month last year your degenerate and daring IAAL•MAF crew staged its first Watts Happening Ride that went from The Cornfield to the Watts Towers and back. We enjoyed it so much (photo set here) we’re doing it again next Saturday, February 16, and everyone’s invited. If you’ve never been to these monumental towers of power and always wanted to go or if you’ve been and wanted to go back, this is going to be an excellent opportunity to saddle up and do so.

But instead of The Cornfield as our starting point, we will be gathering beginning at noon outside the Swim Stadium to the south of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (map) for a 12:30 p.m. departure that will follow a flat southerly route down Central Avenue with stops at the historic Dunbar Hotel to recall what once was the electrifying Central Avenue Jazz scene, as well as the site of the infamous shootout between the LAPD and members of the Symbionese Liberation Army in May of 1974. From there we’ll proceed to Watts Towers State Park (map) and Simon Rodia’s achievement that stands so proudly and colorfully. Docent-led tours of the towers take place every half hour until 3 p.m. and cost $7. Afterward we’ll be biking back up to the Washinton Boulevard King Taco for lunch before heading back to the Swim Stadium. Total distance: 20 miles.

Why the Swim Stadium? Because between 10 a.m. – noon that same day the first of four Los Angeles Bicycle Masterplan Update workshops will be taking place to gather input and insight from the public on what will be needed and hopefully happening to make Los Angeles a better place to bicycle.