Alt News April 25, 2013
Guy Rides 14.5 Foot Tall Bike Through The Streets Of L.A.

Los Angeles is a city known for cars. Lots and lots of cars. And lots and lots of traffic.

But every year, there's an event called CicLAvia where bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, and even walking takes over - at least in part of the city.

For one day only, 15 miles of streets from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach are closed to cars, between 10am and 3pm.

The idea is to get people to take in their city in a different way. This year's CicLAvia was held this past Sunday, for the 6th year in a row.

150,000 people took part including the guy in the video at the top, Richie Trimble. And did he ever get a different perspective of Los Angeles.

Photo: Hal Bergman

Trimble spent 12 hours building a 14.5 foot tall bicycle (that's to the seat; it's 17 feet at eye level), that he called 'Stoopidtall' and captured the entire ride from high above.

Oh, and it weighed more than 100 pounds.

The video is nearly 4 minutes long, but you really only have to watch the first couple of minutes to get the idea.

The event highlights the Car Free LA initiative and was inspired by Ciclovia, which has been held for 30 years in another city that knows traffic - Bogota, Colombia.


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