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Bicyclists take to streets during Carmageddon II weekend

September 28, 2012 |  5:04 pm

Among the popular heroes who emerged from the first Carmageddon freeway closure in July of last year was a group of bicyclists from Wolfpack Hustle who challenged Jet Blue to a race from Burbank to Long Beach. The jet flew, the bicyclists pedaled, and the bicyclists won.

The event made international news and the race came to symbolize L.A.’s growing resistance against the identity of a car-crazed culture.

Fourteen months later and with another Carmageddon to brave this weekend, the Wolfpack Hustle bicyclists are back, teaming up with the Midnight Ridazz bike group for an open-invite “Carmaheaven All City Bike Ride.”

The ride starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and bicyclists are invited to meet at “Grand Park on the event lawn across from City Hall steps,” according to a news release from Wolfpack Hustle.

According to the release, “feeder rides are being led from all over the Southland to meet and ride as one giant group to view the 405 Freeway and then ride on to Dockweiler Beach for a day of cycling.”

There are at least two other bike rides planned for the upcoming Carmageddon II weekend: one on the Westside and one in the San Fernando Valley.

The group Walk ‘n Rollers, in advertising their Westside rides on their website, said: “Freeway closure isn’t a catastrophe, but a great opportunity to stay local and explore your neighborhood by bike!”

The group has planned several rides, including a 21-mile “Tour of the Westside” that starts at the Culver City station on the Expo Line at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Other rides on Saturday include an 8-mile trip at 11:15 a.m. that begins at Colorado Avenue and 2nd Street in Santa Monica and an 11-mile Westwood-to-Santa Monica ride that starts at noon at the Bad News Bears Little League Field near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Ohio Avenue.

Another bike ride, hosted by the group C.I.C.L.E., will be in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday. According to a news release from C.I.C.L.E., the ride starts at 10 a.m. and riders should meet at the Balboa Station on the Orange Line.

“The 8-mile bicycle ride will begin at the Balboa Orange Line Station and follow the Metro Orange Line Bus Way Bike Path between two great community spaces.” Organizers said the ride will last until about 1 p.m.

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