What, in short, is Bike Culture – and how can we fix it? What unites lycra-clad racers, tykes on trikes, immigrant deliverymen, moms with Dutch step-throughs, dads with baby seats, fixie kids, Citibike bros, and the regular Joes and Janes commuting up Second Avenue with their right pant legs tucked into their socks?
More than anything, I’d argue, this disparate group is defined by what it lacks: proper infrastructure.
"Stop Demonizing Bike Culture" by Henry Grabar at Salon
Last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took a comical look at the city’s bike lane policy.
Huntington Park Partners with Wolfpack Hustle to Host Bicycle Drag Race
On September 27 the City of Huntington Park welcomes back Wolfpack Hustle for a second time, with a drag race for the 21st century. Instead of tricked out muscle cars with roaring engines, the souped up rides that will line the street during the HP Gran Prix on Saturday will utter a different kind of purr—the sound of chains gripping the teeth of small cogs and large chainrings.
That’s because this drag race will be fought on bicycles, and instead of racing for pink slips, contenders in this race are vying for something more highly coveted: these racers want the Dog Tags. Dog Tags that can only be won in a Wolfpack Hustle race, on Wolfpack Hustle terms. Wolfpack races don’t have categories that break contenders into similar age or experience groups, like standard bike races do—and they don’t require a license to ride. Show up, and pedal fast is all that’s required of those who wish to run—er, ride, with the wolves.
Cyclists will face off in head-to-head battle, racing the 1000-foot gauntlet down Pacific Boulevard in hopes of sprinting fast enough to make the cut for the finals. With 200 men and women in the running, the competition will be fierce. Competitors qualify 2 at a time and thus every sprint will have a victory, but only the top 16 men and women will advance to the finals, where the top dogs will battle it out in the last race of the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series.
If you’ve never seen a bullet leave its chamber, this is your chance—when the fastest legs in SoCal leap off the starting line to claim their victory, the dog tags, and a chance at the series title itself. As the final race in the series, the HP Gran Prix will decide who truly is the leader of the pack.
Qualifiers begin at 5 p.m. Saturday September 27 on Pacific Boulevard at Zoe Avenue. Main Event at 7pm. This event is free for spectators.
As we bid farewell to the Los Angeles Register, let’s remember some of their best pieces. Here’s one on car-free life in L.A.
The Santa Monica Next/LoWV forum (with help from @smspoke) is tonight. Listen to us on LiveStream, here: http://new.livestream.com/streetsblogtv/events/3395530
Read Melanie’s award winning story from July!
A 2011 YouTube classic: “La cumbia de la bici”