14 Jul '11, 8pm

'Carmageddon' Puts Bikes Front And Center In L.A.

'Carmageddon' Puts Bikes Front And Center In L.A.

It's a rare event, and hard to resist for any cyclist or skater - a 10-mile stretch of I-405 in Southern California from Highway 10 to Highway 101 is going to be closed this weekend for 53 hours in order for construction crews to widen the roadway and demolish part of a bridge. The ensuing traffic snarl is being called 'Carmageddon.' It is also an opportunity for Angelenos to see how other methods of transport can serve them, and cyclists and flash mobbers are planning (unsanctioned) rides to take advantage of the wide-open but closed-off roads. Photo Carmageddon Los Angeles Facebook page. It's a little funny that the sound of the word 'karma' is part of 'carmageddon' as it seems our destinies have definitely been controlled by the car for the last 75 years or so, and nowhere more so than in Los Angeles. With the hullaballo around this three day closure of Interstate 405 i...

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