Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Motorist Hits A Cyclist In Santa Monica And Runs, Victim Left In Critical Condition, $10,000 Reward Offered To Find Driver

(Creative Commons Photo By Jan Zimmermann)

The sad and unfortunate state of affairs is that traffic accidents are so common they just aren't considered news generally unless someone dies and or there is freeway congestion to plan commutes around. Even then, coverage is generally a token sound byte more akin to is it going to rain outside. Reporting on all the traffic accidents effecting cyclists in Los Angeles is beyond the scope of this blog, but I thought I would report on the recent hit-and-run case in Santa Monica at Arizona Avenue and 20th Street on Saturday the 17, since that is only blocks away from where I live.

This case probably would have disappeared into the abyss of traffic statistics if it were not for the victim being loosely connected to a famous individual who was willing to put up a $10,000 reward to find the hit and run driver. The victim, 33 year old Daniel Seeck, hospitalized with critical injuries, was the cousin of the co-manager of Ty Pennington (from some ABC show called Extreme Makeover). Details are loose, but a red SUV was spotted near the scene apparently. If you see a vehicle around with a large dents, scratches or possibly a broken windshield, you may have found a clue worth a lot of money, but most importantly, justice. My guess is by now any damage to the vehicle has been repaired or is in the shop, but be on the look out for anything suspicious and if you know this person, please turn them in, or if you are that person, do the right thing and turn your self in.

An important lesson to take from this incident as a cyclist, is the importance of safe riding. Seeck was at least partially negligent in this case due to a blood alcohol level and lack of lights while night riding. From a statistical stand point riding late after a few drinks with no lights is serious bad news, dangerous to one's health, and it diminishes your chances of finding the other party entirely liable even if they broke the law. Being hit from behind while a car is overtaking is rare (it is not clear in the details from which angle Seeck was hit), comprising 1.3% of all automobile and bicycle accidents. In 11% of those cases the motorist was drinking, but in 17% of those cases the cyclist was also drinking [Bicycling & The Law]. So don't drink and ride, or if you must, have front and rear lights (which you should have anyways), don't be a tipsy lightless person with a black hoodie no one can see, whom make up a significant chunk of all car on bike collisions.

However, in the event of an accident where someone is hit, it is a duty and an obligation, not a suggestion, for a motorist to stop and render aid to the victim(s), and to violate that duty is a serious crime, violated far too often. I think it is high time we started demanding higher standards for receiving a drivers license. The DMV test is more concerned with checking mirrors and parallel parking then the very serious duties and obligations a driver has in the event of an accident, as well as glossing over the whole bicycles on the road business. Equally important considering most car on bike accidents involve underage riders, I think we need to include mandatory traffic education in school as the Dutch have done.

My best wishes to Daniel Seeck on his path to recovery, and may the heartless driver be found and brought to justice. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to contact SMPD investigator Chris Dawson @ (310) 458-8427, or the We-Tip hotline at (800) 782-7463.

More details on the story can be found in this issue of the Santa Monica Daily Press, starting on the front page lower left corner.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Downtown Los Angeles To Downtown San Diego

(Creative Commons Photo By Kate Davidson)

I rode with friends from Union Station in Downtown LA on Saturday morning, all the way down, way down, to San Diego. It was 130 miles in all, with 30 miles of rain in the first stretch to Long Beach, and various mishaps, resulting in the trip being an all day and some night adventure. There will be more on some of the mishaps later in a discussion of atrocious road conditions in Los Angeles and their relationship to accidents (thankfully there were no serious injuries). However once we got really rolling and the sun came out it was an amazingly beautiful day for riding with puffy clouds shaped like layers of cake frosting.

Thanks to Drew for the place to stay the night, and huge props to Katie Kelly of the San Diego crew The Cretins, for the great hospitality and most amazingly awesome vegan pancakes on the planet the following morning (this view may be influenced by my extreme hunger at the time, nom nom nom).

Props are also deserved to Amtrak for hooking us up with our own unused baggage room on the train to store our plethora of bikes for the ride home. This further reinforced my belief that trains and bikes are highly complimentary modes of energy efficient transportation, and their combination is like a super mega transit zord or something to that effect (I need to make a drawing of that).

Now I am in the healing process as my legs recover from the first ride to really give me some lasting hurt in quite a long time. Sometimes pain can feel so good. It makes me feel more alive to really accomplish something with my body, which basically sits idle at a computer in my line of work. Cycling gives a much needed contrast in my life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's Official, Obama Is President Of The United States.

Bikes 4 Obama

The transition of presidential power is complete, but the real work has just begun. If cyclists want to see more livable, walkable, bikeable city development, we need to keep making noise and not drift quietly into the night. Forces like the highway lobby are preparing to undermine change by demanding the status quo in transportation budgeting. State DOTs all across the country have prepared stimulus priorities, many of which ignore or downplay alternative transit, or even needed road and bridge repair, in favor of new highway expansion projects.

We cannot allow the Federal Government to write the States a blank check for infrastructure spending, since our state governments seem woefully ignorant of the realities in our urban areas or any concern for sustainable development. Once we repair what is broken like bridges ready to collapse, we need real future investments, like better public transit, high-speed rail, cycling and pedestrian safety improvements, not just more lanes on the freeway we scarcely have land for. We must demand that there be clear priorities and accountability to any infrastructure stimulus package. For fellow West Siders our house representative is Henry Waxman and the representatives for California in the senate are Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Democracy is only as good as we make it to be.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thank God It's Over, End Of The Bush Era

I could spout off for hours on the criminal actions and horrific policies of the Bush Administration, but that is not what this blog is about. I will say that I'm so very glad that today is the last day of what has been probably the worst presidency in modern history. Obama taking office is not a guarantee for substantial change, he can only push in the changes this country needs if the voices of the people that helped carry him into office don't go quite as soon as their new leader takes the helm. As FDR said to those who wanted him to act on their behalf, "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it". We need to be the change we want to see in the world, and make Obama do it. For me, riding a bike for transit is one part of that, but it's going to take more then just hopping on a bike if we really want to change the world for the better.

In my early awakening of political mindedness in high school I made the piece of art accompanying this post. It was part of my Scholastic Award winning portfolio that displayed in DC. The piece was made well before Bush was sort of elected, but by the time of the award ceremony and the exhibition, it was ironically Laura Bush broadcast from the White House who congratulated all the students. I didn't have the right to vote yet in the 2000 election, but I was very afraid of what a Bush presidency would be like. My fears were proven right unfortunately. I hope we can undo the wrongs of the past 8 years and move forward, but it will take actions by all of us to keep the pressure for change going. It will mean writing letters to our leaders, protesting wrong actions, leading by example, and what ever means available to make change more then a slogan. And here's hoping the incoming cycling president is better then the last.

I Fought The Law And I Won. Getting My $123 Back For Bogus Cycling Citation From A Motorcycle Cop.


Education of bicycle law seems to be a pretty low priority in the LAPD, something even the LADOT acknowledged during the discussions of the Cyclists Bill Of Rights. Some cops are pretty cool with cyclists, but numerous stories have circulated through the cycling community of police unjustly writing citations against cyclists, sometimes feeling like harassment. The unwarranted citing of cyclists for not having bike licenses, a program meant to be optional and used as a way to retrieve stolen bikes, created quite a stir in particular. The controversy may result in the program's dismantling after it was brought to the attention of the L.A. City Council.

So on to my little story with the law. Last year before AIDS LifeCycle, I received my first moving violation while riding my bike. It was actually my first ticket (excluding parking violations), of any kind, as I had a spotless driving record when I did drive. I decided to fight the ticket through the mail by written declaration, since the violation was clearly not valid according to California Vehicle Code. A few weeks ago I received after some substantial delay, the letter confirming that I had in fact won my case and the violation was terminated. I now just received my reimbursement check finally, since to fight a ticket by mail you still have to pay for it first. I'll go over the whole ordeal for the benefit of anyone else who gets a bogus ticket while riding their bicycle.

The Scenario:

It was around 1:15 pm during my lunch break and I had run a quick errand before heading to lunch. I was riding my commuter bike after purchasing a hypoallergenic pillow from Bed Bath & Beyond on Olympic Blvd. and traveling north to go get a bite to eat at GR/Eats on Sawtelle. Traffic was fairly congested as is typical on the West Side during the week and although cars were fast enough to pass me, I passed everyone again at each light.

When it came to get over to the left turn lane at Sawtelle I saw it was a red light ahead and traffic was already slowing, so I signaled to move over and made my way to the left lane pulling up beside a motor scooterist. Then a West L.A. motorcycle cop pulled up right behind me all of a sudden and started tell me I couldn't get over the way I had just had. Of course I didn't agree since I've made left turns all over Los Angeles and up and down the state of California.

The officer directed me to pull over after making the turn, and proceeded to lecture me about obstructing traffic, something I was not doing and he didn't cite me for it anyways. Instead he cited me for CVC 21202, the law that directs cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable with some exceptions. One of those exceptions is making a left turn, which I was doing, and the fact that I had been using a left turn hand signal was even acknowledged in the notes on the ticket. So I felt it was pretty clear the officer had no case against me, and if I fought the ticket I could win. In addition to his lack of understanding the very citation he was writing me for, the officer also made some snarky comments about it would be different if I was on a different kind of bike. Alluding to a more road racing bike, and I was using my commuter bike at the time to carry the pillow I bought on the back. I included this detail in my letter to further incriminate the officer.

The very first thing I did after getting the ticket was leveraging the collective knowledge of the cycling community for advice through Midnight Ridazz. It just so happened that the cyclist I photographed who was dressed as Santa and given a bogus ticket at the December Santa Monica Critical Mass was also given a citation for the same offense. So he shared with me the letter of written declaration (a written account defending yourself) that he had used in his case.

Something else I learned from others is to delay the process as much as possible so that if you do end up in court the police officer may not remember or care what happened. If the officer does not show up you win by default. To delay the process I waited until just before the due date for paying the fine to request an extension, which you get to do once. Then I waited until just before the extension due date to send in my letter of written declaration. Even if the written letter fails you get a chance for a court appearance after that, which would delay things even further. It is important to note however that apparently if you choose to write a letter of declaration, that account will be used in court and you can not add new details to the case. So it important to go into as great a detail as possible in the letter.

In the end my letter worked, and I got my $123 back. I think it's worth noting the detachment of fine values and offenses. A cyclist riding too far to the left, more a calculated risk for the cyclist them self and often justified by the exceptions, was apparently worth a $123 fine, and yet the new law for texting while driving is a $20 base amount, less then a parking ticket. This despite texting being shown in studies to be more impairing to driving ability than even someone being legally over the blood alcohol limit.

For the benefit of anyone else looking to fight the law over bogus enforcement of the vehicle code, here is my successful written letter of declaration after the innocuous line of separation.



Written Letter Of Declaration, Statement Of Facts:

I would first like to mention the California Vehicle Code 21202 (a) for which I was cited states:
“(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:”
C.V.C 21202 (a) also states several exceptions to this rule and the relevant exception in my case is number two:“(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.”

As I was pedaling my bicycle Eastbound on Olympic Blvd, which was busy as usual, during my lunch break. It was congested enough I was even passing some cars along the way. I prepared to change lanes in anticipation of making a legal left turn to proceed north on Sawtelle Blvd. I placed my left arm outward in a straight line to signal my intention to motorists that I was preparing to make a legal left. This can be a challenging maneuver on a wide multilane street like Olympic, but as a competitive cyclist who has trained for events as large as riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I am intimately familiar with safe and legal navigation of traffic. The signal ahead went to yellow and then red as I needed to make my move over, which was ideal since it slowed the already congested traffic significantly. So I continued to signal my intention and began moving over, checking over my shoulder for clearance with lane changes. I safely got over to the left lane, extending my hand to indicate a turn signal the entire time, and pulled up next to a scooter waiting at the red light.

At this point a motorcycle officer pulled up behind me, and began yelling at me aggressively, asking me what did I think I was doing. I was frustrated and taken aback. In all the thousands of miles I’ve bicycled in California, I had never been hassled for simply trying to make a left turn which is a protected right as mentioned in number (2) of the 21202 (a) exceptions.

The officer directed me to pull over after making the left turn through the intersection and began writing up the ticket. I explained that I had a right to make a left turn to which he replied I was obstructing traffic. Yet, he did not cite me for obstructing traffic. I assume that is because that assertion was absolutely untrue, considering the cars were approaching a red light. The officer also made an derogatory remark that if I was riding a “different kind” of bicycle it would have been different, implying that it was okay for a road racing kind of bike to be in traffic, but not a commuter bike, which was what I was riding at the time to carry items I purchased at the store on my storage rack. I found this highly offensive since no where in the vehicle code does it state that certain kinds of bicycles have more or fewer rights then others (except for children's bikes). Additionally, I am in fact an amateur bicycle racer with the preferred “kind” of bike he was speaking of sitting at home at the time.

I ride fast no matter what bicycle I’m on at the time, and have no interest in obstructing car traffic. I was simply trying to make a legally protected left turn as a vehicle, which a bicycle is considered according to 21200. (a) “Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10 (commencing with Section 20000), Section 27400, Division 16.7 (commencing with Section 39000), Division 17 (commencing with Section 40000.1), and Division 18 (commencing with Section 42000), except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application.”

I could understand an officers objection if I did not make my intent to move left clear, however I used my hand turn signal (which the officer acknowledged and even mentions in the note on the ticket) and glanced over my shoulder to check for clearance with each lane change.

For the reasons stated above, I request that the violation of 21202 (a) be dismissed.

Statement Of Facts: Gary Kavanagh, Citation # 9709913

Friday, January 16, 2009

Back To The Top, Riding To The Hollywood Sign At Night With Cubcamp

hollywood-sign

I've not ridden with Cubcamp in a while, but when I heard they were doing the Hollywood Sign this week I could not resist. The sign holds a special place in my cycling life. It was my first ride to the top where I met who would later become my awesome girlfriend, Meghan, as well those who would later become the starting members of the Team Midnight Ridazz AIDS LifeCycle team.

I've done a lot of a hill climbing since that first time, but there is nothing like the relentless steep grades of the Sign. The kind that make you hurt and tempt you to give up and walk at every turn, especially at Cub speed attacking the hills, running our bodies to their max. The view from the top is breath taking (once you have breath left to take) and with it being such a clear night you could really see all of sprawling sparkling Los Angeles country before us and the valley behind us. Thank you Cubcamp for an evening of spectacular pain and glory.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BIKE KILL IV

Better late then never, as promised here is my account of Brooklyn's notorious annual event, BIKE KILL.

Foam Skull

I think the easiest way to describe it would be a performance art, bicycle freak show, food fight, carnival, mosh pit, taste of anarchy, with an always present potential for serious injury by a variety of different means. The crowd gathers in a dead end little stretch of road between a school and a Home Depot parking lot, and all manner of bikes are locked and piled against fences and walls in several blocks in all directions.

Bike Parking

At the foot of the road blocking any car traffic from entering was a truck spray painted to all hell with more kids busy leaving their mark. As Meghan and I entered and met up with our L.A. friends, accompanied by the friendly New Jersey crew who supplied us with bikes, I could tell this was going to be crazy on a level I've not previously witnessed. Armed with my trusty camera, I spent the day documenting as best I could the insanity that transpired.

Black Label's Wooden Bicycle
Pita Bread Masher Bike Boot Bike

The sheer variety of freak bikes in all manner of size, shape, configuration and building materials was one of the most exciting aspects of Bike Kill for me. Getting to see things like the infamous boot bike in person felt like a privilege. Surfboard bikes, modified kids bikes, wheel chairs, a rollerblade wheel bike, asymmetrical spoked wheels, barrel bikes, tall bikes of all sorts of various welded frames, and more, it was the hotbed of freak bike activity. In addition to the crazy bikes, giant foam skull heads and other shapes bounced around the street along with flying pita break and the occasional blast of tomato soup from a cannon.

One Of The More Unusual Tall Bikes Michelle Riding The Surfboard Bike With Drink In Hand Bicycle With Large Diameter Inline Skate Wheel Instead Of A Front Tire Roll Over Cage Bike Quad Stacked BMX Frame Tall Bike With Wheel Friction Drive-Train Arrangement Bicycle Type Thing
Shut The Fuck Up, Barrel Bike

As far as creative variations on bicycles go, there was undoubtedly one bike that became the focal point among the masses. This thing had two giant parallel wheels, with two fixed gear drive trains, one for each wheel, powered by two opposite facing suspended cyclists who hung from the center axis. If each rider pedaled normally then the bike would spin in place, but if each person pedaled at different rates or directions it could be made to travel around, kind of. The large metal spokes could be grabbed onto by some daring souls, my self included at one point (damn near injurying myself), and would then be spun around 2 axises of rotation, that of the bike spinning place and the rotation of the wheel. Still confused? Maybe this video and my photos can help explain.

Giant Parallel Wheeled, Duel Cyclist Driven, Rapid Spinning, Machine Of Madness
Alex & Richie Spinning The Big Wheel Like Crazy People Giant Parallel Wheeled, Duel Cyclist Driven, Rapid Spinning, Machine Of Madness

What bicycle freak show would be complete without some crashes. People love to watch crashes, it's some twisted aspect of the human condition.

Crash
Chaos Giant Parallel Wheeled, Duel Cyclist Driven, Rapid Spinning, Machine Of Madness

For those of you looking for some L.A. faces amongst the chaos, here are a few shots of some of my friends from Midnight Ridazz who attended. For some more photos of Angelenos at Bike Kill, as well as even more bike kill action, Alex Thompson got some great shots as well.

Nicole Paints My Nose This Is Marcus Alex Franz
Party Time Picture Taking Picture Meghan NYC The Despondent Banana

As night descended on the crowd, and light drizzles that had peppered the day gave way to periodic rain and heavy wind, some special beasts came out to play in the dark. Think Ghost Rider on a bicycle. Yes flaming, freaking on fire bicycles fueled with propane tanks.

Bicycle On Fire
Bicycle With Flame Thrower Fire

Concluding the evening's activities, apart from the random circles of whirling chaos that were ever present, were jumps off a launch ramp, tug-o-war and the real climax of the evening, tall bike jousting. Some of you I'm sure are already familiar with the concept, but for those who aren't, tall bike jousting is exactly what it sounds like. Two riders on double stacked frame tall bicycles ride straight at each with jousting polls, the last one standing wins. Local rider Richie, one of the birth mothers of C.R.A.N.K. Mob, represented Los Angeles in glorious fashion dominating his New York foe in his match up.

Preparing For Battle
Then Falls Hard Richie Prepares For Battle
Tug-O-War Crowd Excitement Fuck Bikes The Bear Prepares To Joust Jousting Imact

Toward the very end of the night, it became cold, wet, and windy at an intensity quite unfamiliar to a boy who grew up in SoCal his whole life. It was quite a day, and a lot to take in. In conclusion I had fun, although I was worried about the person I saw getting carried away on a stretcher with a horribly broken foot at one point in the evening. Bike Kill is certainly not an event for the overly safety safety conscience. It was punk rock, it was rad, & and it was full of creative energy and destructive energy in equal abundance.

Smoke Bomb

In the end however I love the bike scene here in Los Angeles more, where people are more laid back. Despite the carnival nature, the prevailing attitude and persona of Bike Kill was more serious and dark, and people got all up tight about things like who's tagging was higher up on the wall then others. At events like L.A.'s C.R.A.N.K. Mob, it doesn't matter because everything is written in sidewalk chalk anyways and will wash away ephemeral. That being said, it was an inspiring and certainly memorable experience. It was definitely worth the trip to see it at least once.


[Complete Photo Set On Flickr]

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Streetsblog Network

Streetsblog, which runs a few blogs in different U.S. cities, Los Angeles being one of them, documents news and issues as it relates to the push for livable streets in our cities. I'm sure there are at least some cross over readers here already tuning into the L.A. Streetsblog. To tap into the vast network of bloggers writing about this stuff, a new aggregating Streetsblog Network was created which displays content from selected blogs all over the country.

This is all actually old news I meant to post before my break, but my blog was added to the network amongst some others from the Los Angeles region and many more across the nation. So if you want to peruse what's happening in the fight for livable streets all over the country, you should check it out. It's amazing to see the energy being focused on these issues and the although the hurdles to change are great, there is a growing movement out there.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Murder Your Car!

I thought I would pass along this juicy morsel for my readers, Browne Molyneux and BusTard of the hard hitting transit blog The Bus Bench, are about to destroy a car in collaboration with The Loft Studios for the art show Post-Post-Apocalypse. The Murder Your Car! project goes down at 7:30 pm this Saturday January 10th in San Pedro.

Have you been buzzed by, yelled at, grabbed, or hit by someone driving a car? Want some cathartic release and vengeance by beating a car with a baseball bat? Then go forth this Saturday and help murder a car!

(Photo by Duane Romanell)

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Introduction To Track Cycling

Me At The Track

One of my resolutions for the new year is to train hard for the next bike racing season and hopefully kick some ass. In that interest I have tipped my toes into the exciting world of fixed gear bicycle riding, long after nearly everyone else I know already has.

There are a variety of reasons to try fixed gear riding, probably the most popular now being having something color coordinated to ride down the street in tight jeans, but for more on that you should be reading Bike Snob NYC. I wanted to try something new and work on my form and cadence. Since a fixed gear bike cannot coast, it forces you to smooth out your pedal stroke or you will start bobbing around in a rather silly fashion. All track bikes are fixed gear, and as I mentioned after watching the national track championships at the ADT Center, I wanted to try some velodrome riding for my self. If you are still wondering what a fixed gear bike is, the resources Sheldon Brown left for us are always a great place to learn about bikes.

One of the gifts Meghan, my loving girlfriend who reads my mind, gave me for Christmas was to sign me up for the December beginners class at the Encino Velodrome and a book on the subject of track cycling. She knew I had been itching to try some track riding and I just got the bike for it. So we went out to the track and I got to learn all about going fast in circles on steep embankments. The once a month beginner class at Encino is a great way to get introduced to the sport, and for those who need bikes, affordable track bike rentals are available in various sizes. By the end of the class I felt very confident riding on the track and the proper track etiquette.

For fun at the end we were all paired up, according to how fast we could do a 200 meter sprint, for pursuit races. In a pursuit, 2 riders start on opposite sides of the track and ride the same direction for a set distance, 3 laps in our instance, and the first to cross their respective starting line on the last lap wins. I won my pursuit by a small margin after making a come back in the last lap after trailing slightly. It was pretty intense going around that last turn at full speed and seeing my competitor in the corner of my eye making his dash for the finish.

The Rails

Track riding is fun, and a great work out. The measurable distances on the track make a good way to do intervals and measure progress, and there is nothing quite like going full steam through a turn with the forces of the angled surface pushing you through the curve.

So if you want a good intro to track riding that is a little less expensive and less intimidating then the indoor Olympic spec track at the ADT Center, Ken Avchen's beginner class at the Encino Velodrome is a great deal and I'm sure they could use the money with their shoe string budget and mostly volunteer labor. Many velodromes in the U.S. that were once popular attractions have faded or died but some survive thanks passionate track riders and coaches who keep the sport alive.

Encino Velodrome Bicycle Racing

I find it interesting though that while track bike racing has faded from popularity most places in the country, two of the cities going through cycling commuting renaissances are looking into new velodrome facilities, Portland Oregan exploring the idea and Boulder Colorado's new track just opened. It seems the best hope for track cycling as a sport in the U.S. is a greater use and appreciation of bicycles generally. It will take some kind of new interest in the sport if we want to stand a chance against the British dream team led by the shark like Victoria Pendleton and the hulk legs of Chris Hoy. Come on America, 2012, lets represent at the velodrome!

Update:
Chicago in it's Olympic bid preparations was considering a temporary velodrome but is now considering building a permanent facility, which would make it the only other facility besides our own ADT Center that would be up to spec to host international competition. [Hipster Nascar]

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years

AltPixel Studio New Years Bash

To help drown away my sorrows over my recent unfortunate incident, I shared in New Years glory with the West Side cyclists, the East Siders gone West, and random friends of the host Hal, of Altpixel Studio. It was quite the bash with live bands, DJ's and The Box parked in the driveway. Bike people are fun people, and it's that comradery and infectious enthusiasm that keeps the bike culture alive, even in a city as inhospitable to cycling as Los Angeles. Bikes are where the party is at, put the fun between your legs, burn carbs not gas.

Happy 09 Everyone!!