August 3, 2019

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride Photos for 2019

I rode only the afternoon loop on this year's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles. I had three GoPros, each shooting one photo every five seconds during the ride. Two of the cameras faced rearward and on forward. The complete collection of photos is here. There's an icon for a slideshow near the upper right corner of that page. I tried to sync the clocks on the three cameras, but they don't allow you to set the seconds, so they're out of sync with each other over a spread of a minute or so. The route changed some this year, partly due to construction on the LA River bike path, so if you enjoy looking at these photos for what's in the background, you'll see some different scenery in this year's photos.

What follows are a few of the photos:
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I'm pretty sure these two were not together, but while we waited for a traffic light they seemed to mirror each others body language unconsciously.

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There were a lot of motorcycle cops along on the ride.
They were tremendously helpful and had to stop at least a couple of drivers who thought they could just drive right into us, as if we would magically disappear out of their way.

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A naked bystander
. Not part of the ride at all, but an observer from the side of the road. I guess we inspired him. Too bad he didn't have a bike!

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We entered the LA River bike path at the point where we exited in previous years.

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A stop along the LA River bike path
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And we exited the bike path via a little dirt path.

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The first time I rode the LAWNBR we went past this church and they called the cops.
This is the first time we've ridden by it again. No problems this time.

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And then we re-entered the LA River bike path.

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We went through this rotary twice, for a total of 360°.

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This guy was back with his sign - this year, no typos!

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December 13, 2018

Texas AIDS Ride 1

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Bus interior
After just one day of riding, we were hit by a severe thunderstorm in the middle of the night. We grabbed our stuff (excluding tents and bikes) and they transported us to a nearby high school where we hung out for hours in the gym until they bused us from there to what would have been our destination on that second day. No bike ride that day. The photo below is of me in the night as we were evacuating.

Self

Sons Of Confederate Veterans

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A Confederate memorial on the grounds of the state capitol building in Austin.

Tom & John
Tom & John who hosted Michael and me in Houston. John had lived in Boston for a little while around 1980-'81 and I knew him from then.

Waxahachie
The Ellis County courthouse in Waxahachie which Michael and I rode through on our way from Dallas to Austin before the ride started. We were rather surprised to suddenly see what seemed an obvious H.H. Richardson in a small Texas county seat. Turns out it was designed by a student of Richardson, James Riely Gordon.

Me & Michael
Michael riding right behind me in a pace line. This was shot by a professional photographer who had stationed himself along the route.

Michael and I had flown into Dallas with the plan to stay at the home of my friends Steve & Jeff (formerly of Kansas City) and then bicycle on our own to Austin. TAR would take us from Austin to Houston and then to Dallas. As we headed from Dallas to Austin we tried to follow small tw-lane highways, of course, but in Texas (or at least in this part of Texas) those roads all go either north-south or east-west and a direct route from Dallas to Austin would be something of a diagonal. I-35 would be the direct route, and the inefficiency of our route became annoyingly obvious as we continually crossed and recrossed I-35 on roads that weren't going in the direction we wanted to go. BUT, in Texas the interstates are parallelled on each side with smaller two-lane, two-way roads that I believe are intended mostly for slow farm vehicles. Turns out they are also excellent for bicycling...if you don't mind parallelling an interstate highway. Even at complex highway interchanges, these small roads were designed to carry us through the interchange without risking our lives. It'd be great if every state had the money and space to build roads like these. You can see an example of one of these roads on the right side of the photo below.
I-35

Bike Assembly
Re-assembling my bike at Steve & Jeff's place in Dallas.

Bike Lift
Closing ceremonies in Dallas.

Bush Library
At College Station. In 1998 there had been only one President Bush, so there was no need to insert any middle initials to eliminate ambiguity.

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My first time seeing cotton growing.

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The Dealey Plaza memorial in Dallas.

Banner
In Dallas, the banner made for us by Steve & Jeff.

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That's Geoff in the shade.

Four of us
Steve, Michael, myself and Jeff in Dallas.

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Geoff who was also from Boston.

Me & Dan Pallotta
Myself with Dan Pallotta, who created the AIDS Rides.

The complete set of photos is here.

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August 12, 2018

LAWNBR 2018 Video Slideshow - ThiEYE Camera

Here's the third of the slideshows of my photos from the Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride back in June.

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August 6, 2018

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018

The Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride for 2018 took place on June 23. They do it in two loops, the first loop being shorter than the second loop. The day started out completely overcast with a bit of drizzle, temps in the 70s, despite trans-100 temperatures back home in the desert.

I've accumulated a number of action cameras and knew this would be a good opportunity to do some comparisons while getting a ton of photos of the other riders. The complete set of photos is here.

I used four action cameras:

  • ThiEYE (link to photos) on my helmet, facing rearwards for both loops.
  • Lightdow (link to photos) on the handlebars facing forward during the first loop.
  • GitUp (link to photos) on the handlebars facing forward during the second loop.
  • And GoPro Hero4 Silver (link to photos) mounted above the rear wheel facing rearwards for both loops.

As you will see, quality was all over the place, but the GoPro tended to do the best under the varying lighting conditions. The full sun came out on the second loop.

I have prepared video slideshows of the photos from each camera, but I've only uploaded two three. Due to upload limitations at Vimeo, I won't upload the others until sometime in September. Here are links to the two three that are up:

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018 - Lightdow Camera.


Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018 - GitUp Camera.


Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018 - ThiEYE Camera.

They both all end when their batteries died. The GoPro had the longest battery life. It was the only camera still running at the end of the first loop. It ran far longer on the second loop than the other cameras, but died just as we came to the intersection of Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards. Next year I think I may try hooking it up to a USB battery so I can actually photograph the entire ride (for the first time ever).

Below are some of the more interesting shots, IMO.

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That's Rocky and his husband.

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This guy happened to park next to me
. It was his first WNBR.

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This guy stayed dressed like this for the whole ride
. The ride is clothing optional and a lot of riders wear some clothing, but to be 100% dressed in serious bike rider drag on a fun ride like this seemed weird. Creepy almost. He certainly looks uncomfortable to me.

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There were a number of Metro Bikes in use
. Some riders covered the seat as they are supposed to; some didn't.

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This little guy rode the first loop only and was our only child rider
. Usually, we have a few kids, but only one this year. He was accompanied by at least four adults and it looked like they must go on rides together quite a bit. He was a good rider and communicated well with those around him.

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The LAWNBR is conducted with the close cooperation and supervision of the LAPD
. In prior years they would run us "like a funeral" (in their terminology), meaning they stopped traffic for us at most intersections and gave us right of way. The downside of that is the line of naked riders would stretch out further and further as the faster riders at the front left the slower riders behind, so occasionally the cops would stop all the riders until everybody had caught up. That could mean standing in the street for 10 or 15 minutes sometimes. This year, we were supposed to handle intersections as just ordinary vehicles, with a few exceptions. So a lot of the photos here are shot while we are waiting for a light to turn green. Once we got to Sunset Boulevard on the second loop, and we began the long straight run back to the end of the ride, the cops stopped traffic for us at almost every intersection. Maybe we were behind schedule.

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Spiderman's costume lasted the length of the ride pretty well
. Sometimes full body paint shows some wear and bare spots before we get to the end.

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That's Ed
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You get to see more than just naked bike riders while doing the LAWNBR.

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Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions building
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This guy.
I had a brief discussion with another rider about whether the guy knew he had a glaring typo in his sign.

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The Victor Clothing mural with Anthony Quinn.

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Passing the Bradbury Building.

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Coming up on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Waiting at a light near the LADWP.

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Between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Disney Hall.

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Electric skateboard.
He wasn't with us at the end of the ride, so maybe his battery ran out.

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The double-wheeled bike on the right is supposed to float better on sand, the rider said.
He brought it from Florida. I have to admit, he never got stuck in any sand during the naked bike ride.

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Couldn't find matching shoes or saddle, I guess.

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The guy on the phone would later be seen drinking a foamy beverage from a brown bottle.
He must've had a supply in his backpack.

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The second loop begins.

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Metro Bike with seat covered.

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Passing Union Station.

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We didn't get to go right up the middle of Chinatown this year.

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The Los Angeles State Historic Park has re-opened.

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This bright red seat might work for that other guy with the bright red trim.

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Jim practicing to be a North Korean dictator.

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Just so you know I'm not the only nerd on the ride.

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The passengers on the Amtrak bus from Oxnard get a special greeting.

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These two followed me though an intersection on a yellow light, so for several blocks I had almost nothing to photograph behind me but them.

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They held us all at the rotary where we enter the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail.


In the several years I've done the LAWNBR we've approached this intersection from just about every angle, both on sidewalk and on pavement, due to construction. But, finally, all construction is complete. We approached it from North San Fernando Road this year.

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Out of the rotary and onto the bike trail.

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Dodger Stadium is up on the other side of that hill.

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We often see kayakers on the Los Angeles River
and water birds, but I don't recall seeing geese before.

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A major stopping point on the L.A. River bikepath.

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This is where they hold us after we exit the bikepath.

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These guys with matching skin tones and bikes.

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I think L.A. Tourism should adopt this rider as their new "Welcome To Los Angeles" maiden.
Postcards, posters, billboards. They'd love her in Iowa.

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It's Los Angeles.

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June 18, 2017

L.A. World Naked Bike Ride Photos

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Here's a link to the full size photo if you want to read that tattoo.

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More photos here.

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June 13, 2017

LA World Naked Bike Ride


Actual video of part of the Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride, 2017.

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March 8, 2017

The IKEA $500 Bicycle

The author, who doesn't sound real handy, finished assembly in only 67 minutes. One presumes he did this without yelling at his kids or kicking the dog.


Looks like it should be a good Burner bike.

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September 16, 2016

What I Would Do With My Tricycle If I Could

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September 14, 2016

The Lighting On My Burner Tricycle

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August 18, 2016

L.A. World Naked Bike Ride

The Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride took place on June 11. I had three cameras, each one shooting a still photo every five seconds. One camera was mounted on the handlebars, facing forward; another on my helmet facing backwards, and the last one also facing backwards, but mounted on the rear rack of my bike. That camera takes good video, but only 5 mp photos, so those turned out to be a lot lower quality than I had hoped for.

The complete set of photos is here. These photos are on Flickr, so in order to see them, you must...

  1. Have registered an account at Flickr (it's free and uses your Yahoo ID).
  2. Be logged into that Flickr account.
  3. Have your Flickr safe search settings turned OFF (here).

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The man with the beard
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Jeff and I, R to L
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That tight black outfit is body paint
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That's Rocky with the GoPro on his handlebars
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Provocative dresser
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Tim from Boston. Well, Dorchester, but Boston
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Yes, the ride is clothing optional, but this is really overdoing it
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Jim
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June 14, 2016

Myself On The LA WNBR

LAWeekly has a good slide show from the Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride that includes at least two three four photos of me.

LA Weekly Photo Of Myself

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April 14, 2016

Nixie Watch

Quite likely, you recall this video from the naked pub crawl at last year's Burning Man. It does contain nudity so, you know, if you don't want to see it, don't click it. It's only to show you this overpowered sound system on a bicycle.

Fast forward to today, and here's Techmoan's review of the new Nixie tube wristwatch.

Steve Wozniak wearing Nixie watch
Here's Steve Wozniak showing off his Nixie watch.

From Techmoan's video I jumped to Cathode Corner where you can buy a Nixie watch. Scroll down that page and whadda ya see? The overpowered bike sound system that I videoed above. In short, the Nixie watch designer was on the naked pub crawl with his loud bicycle.

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January 28, 2016

360° CicLAVia


A few shots from a fixed point plus one shot in motion on the Culver City - Venice CicLAVia last August.

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December 26, 2015

NYC Cyclist Finds Route 66 "Not very scenic"

Jeffrey Tanenhaus grabbed a Citi Bike (a bike sharing bike) in New York City this past August and headed west. He has just now reached California. Yes, obviously he should have started sooner, but he's here and hanging out in Joshua Tree National Park now...or at least that's what the article says. He remarks on the sparsity of drug stores and such in the southwest, and he's not carrying any camping gear, so I don't know how he will make it in the park. He has been depending on the kindness of strangers for places to sleep, so maybe he can become the darling of Jumbo Rocks campground, or something like that.

He has done a bulk of the ride along historic Route 66, at times pedaling out on the shoulder.

“Out here in the West, sometimes there is no other road,” he said. “It’s not very scenic, but that’s where the roads are.”

One article dated in October said Los Angeles is his goal but he "may end up in San Diego instead of Los Angeles, as he originally planned, because of weather concerns." I wonder what sort of major weather difference he thought he could detect four months in advance.

In effect he bought the bike for $1,200 by not returning it within the time limit. For $1,200 he could have gotten an even better bike. He carried his gear in a trailer.

Jeffrey Tanenhaus

He was attacked by a crazy man in Oklahoma - a very crazy man.

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September 16, 2015

Video From The Naked Pub Crawl

Don't get too excited, though. I shot this short video to show you the incredibly powerful sound system somebody had mounted on his bicycle:

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September 9, 2015

Dust

Here's a video I shot from the back of my bike as I crossed the inner playa on Wednesday of Burning Man. This is at 4X speed. For much of it I could see only a very few feet ahead and had to stop completely once or twice when I was completely blinded. A camp playing loud music to my right helped me stay oriented. When you use audio orientation on the playa there is the risk that you're following an art car, not going to a stationary camp.

This was an extremely windy and dusty year. Far, far worse than any other year I've gone. I'm not even going to get into the cold temperatures here.

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August 22, 2015

Burner Bike In Motion

On the mean streets of Desert Hot Springs.

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Burner Bike

I re-did the lights on my Burner bike this year. There are two strips of LED lights, one white, one pink - although the pink washes out in these photos. There is also a thin wire strand of pink LEDs. All powered by two rechargeable 12-volt batteries in the bag under the seat.

Burner Bike relighted (1924)

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August 11, 2015

CicLAvia - Culver City & Venice

This past Sunday was another CicLAvia. This one was between Culver City and Venice. I picked a spot about midway – the 405 made a nice dividing line – and walked from there to Venice Beach and back, mostly ignoring Culver City – sorry about that.

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Ideas spread slowly
. As you may already know, in events like CicLAvia the best way to mount a GoPro for interesting photos is to point it backwards as this intelligent rider has done – and as I do. I can only guess that this isn't more widely done because GoPro cameras tend to attract people who are all about me me me, not those other people with me.

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Modern parents with gender-specific helmets on their kids: girl and neuter
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Just look at all the white faces
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Venice High School
. The high school I attended in Kansas City had landscaping like this, but they finally had to rip out all the palm trees because the ice storms every winter really wrecked 'em.

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Requisite Venice Beach shot
. The interesting thing I noticed was the one smoke shop I looked into had zero customers. Maybe the market has reached the over-saturation point – even at Venice Beach.

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If you're going to put up a trampoline, might as well put it on the roof
. I hope they've got a 24-hour camera on that so they can share the horrible accidents that are going to happen.

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I glanced in and they had backyard barbecues (or were they little fireplaces?), surfboards and some household furniture on display
. Not sure which niche of which market they might be serving.

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I was gifted an official LA Public Library lanyard after I took this photo
. I think I can get free books at this place.

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Hot stuff
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I was so terribly concerned that Mr. Blake was trying to steal away with some of Alexander Calder's fame that I went and looked for an image of the artist's signature and popped it in there for you, so that we can all relax and know that Mr. Blake is probably an honest man
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Accept it for what it was
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Pretty nice bowling alley
. I've decided they mean for the name to be pronounced the same as Bolero. Because BOWLer-oh just sounds stupid.

Many more photos here.

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August 10, 2015

Yesterday's CicLAvia - Culver City & Venice

Just bikes (mostly) and ambient sound.

I wonder if part of the reason CicLAvia is popular is because there is no overwhelming emphasis on safe cycling. All I've seen is this safety page on their website, although maybe it's also printed on some of the handouts I see floating around during the event itself. And on that list there are only a few "hard" rules. A "soft" rule is like this one: "CicLAvia isn't a race. It's an experience. Take the time to enjoy it!" Hard rules are: pass on the left (good luck!), helmet required if under age 18 (probably enforced only by the parents), motorized transport is only for the officially disabled (I saw a number of healthy people on things powered by electric motors), don't use phones and cameras while riding (almost half of the riders observe that rule). But the event has not had, as far as I know, any disastrous accidents. I saw one skateboarder fall yesterday, but she hopped right back up and kept going.

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