18 Jul '11, 3pm

Bikes—and rollerbladers—beat plane in Carmageddon race

What happens when L.A. is debilitated by repairs on a 10-mile stretch of freeway? Some people hop on a 35-mile plane ride to bypass it. And others get on their bikes and make it there in half the time . A team of cyclists challenged JetBlue's $4 Carmageddon special, a 22-minute flight from Burbank to Long Beach designed to airlift people over the shut-down Route 405. Bikers and flyers set out at the same time, and bikers reached the goal (the Long Beach lighthouse) in half as long, 1:34 versus 2:54 . Taking public transportation and then walking was also way faster, comparable to the time it took to bike. Apparently a Rollerblader beat the flight too, clocking in at 2:40. The flyers claimed their cab driver at the Long Beach end got lost, so maybe Rollerblading was neck and neck with flying, but the point is, ROLLERBLADING WAS NECK AND NECK WITH FLYING. Now, technically al...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-18-bikes-and-rollerblad...

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