Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve mostly like heard by now that 99% of Los Angeles is FREAKING OUT because the 405 Freeway is closing this weekend for repairs. The attitude is worse than doomsday fears for Y2K and the rapture, and Angelenos dread this event like nothing else they’ve ever faced. I think it’s hilarious and awesome and awesomely hilarious.
While L.A.’s cyclists are given one more reason to laugh in the face of the absurdity and impracticability of car culture, some have also embraced this as an opportunity to have a whole lot of F.U.N. while making a statement about the awesome effectiveness of bikes as transportation: Bike vs. Plane. The contenders in this showdown are several of L.A.’s Wolfpack Hustle riders, who will be facing Jetblue’s $4 Carmageddon promotional flight from Burbank to Long Beach.
The showdown begins in just two hours (10:50a.m. PST), when the cyclists will depart from a North Hollywood home in conjunction with Joe Anthony, who will leave by car en route to the Burbank Airport and take his comped seat on the Jetblue 12:20p.m. flight.
And to think, it all started with an idle Tweet:
The finish line is the Long Beach lighthouse. The cyclists and the driver who delivers Anthony to the airport have all agreed to obey all traffic laws. So, does traveling to a (small) airport, through check-in and security lines, boarding, flying 40 miles, and making your way through the airport and over to a landmark using more “traditional” means of transportation take less time than hopping on a steel pony and pushing the pedals the same distance? All I gotta say to that is: Ride on Wolves! I can already hear the pack’s howls.
Rachel Maddow’s semi-silly pre-coverage: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640