Put the Westside Bike Tour on Your Carmageddon II Calendar

Westside Carmegeddon ride routes map smallJoin Walk-n-Rollers founder and Culver City Bicycle Coalition co-founder Jim Shanman for a Westside ride to celebrate Carmageddon! By hook and by crook (and in record time) Jim has pulled together a massive ride by reeling in a handful of local bike organizations to juice the lemon that is Carmageddon into lemonade for cyclists and bike-curious folks. Usually turned off by vehicular mayhem? Mark your calendar for clear streets on Saturday, September 29th!

“Leave the car at home, and join us for a series of family-friendly rides during Carmegeddon II,” says the Walk-n-Rollers announcement. “Freeway closure isn’t a catastrophe, but a great opportunity to stay local and explore your neighborhood by bike!”

We can’t agree more. This array of rides large and small is actually a set of interlocking, organized rides pivoting around a handful of volunteer-staffed Westwide hubs. You can start at Culver City and loop through Santa Monica, Westwood, Venice and even the Marina [big map]. Indeed the hearty will want to embark from Culver City Expo (at 8:30, ride at 9 am) and keep those cranks turning for a total of 22 miles. Mere mortals can choose one of the shorter rides:

Join Jim on the main route or at any of the starting points. The fine print from the announcement:

Each ride will be led by trained instructors and ride marshals with plenty of stops along the way through bike friendly neighborhoods. Helmets are required for riders under 18, and recommended for adults.

Be sure to check back for the latest details on the Walk-N-Rollers site! A big shout-out to Metro’s Bike Program for supporting a ride like this. We wish we could join in. We’ll be in the Big Apple for late September. Ride on!