In Carmageddon, Bikers Challenge Airline

Cyclists to race plane as L.A. closes highway


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The planned two-day closure of the 405, Los Angles’s main highway, has inspired a face-off between cyclists and the airline JetBlue. In a city already notorious for its traffic, highway officials are closing a ten-mile stretch of the 405 on Saturday and Sunday to demolish a bridge. News of the closure, which is now being called Carmageddon, has prompted a near-hysterical level of anxiety in L.A. JetBlue is selling plane tickets between Burbank and Long Beach for $4, prompting transportation writer and Outside contributor Tom Vanderbilt to suggest via Twitter that cyclists might travel the route faster. Now, L.A. cycling group Wolfpack Hustle has announced that it will put one of it’s members on the flight and send a group of five riders across the route at the same time, calling it the Bike vs. Flight challenge. Some traffic experts estimate that the closure may spark traffic jams of up to 60 miles.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times