Wolfpack Hustle's L.A. Marathon Crash Race is a really big deal in its' 5th year.

Wolfpack Hustle’s L.A. Marathon Crash Race is a really big deal in its’ 5th year.

Action alert:

  • Call Eric Garcetti/ LA Mayor’s office and let him know that without Wolfpack Hustle thousands will still crash the L.A. Marathon; without control, safety checks or insurance. Save#marathoncrash 213.978.0600 mayor.garcetti@lacity.org

While at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC, I learned from Don “Roadblock” Ward that the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race, due to take place in only a few days – had receive a letter from the City of L.A.

(Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race) “is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment in county jail for a period not to exceed one year. You may incur liability for any costs related to City services deployed for an event held in violations of Section 41.20.”

Standing next to my co-workers from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and other LA bike advocates, we couldn’t help be a little shocked and wonder who was responsible for pulling the plug on an event that had been happening with the support of the LAPD and the wide acknowledgement of the City – while also being a transformative “cicLAvia” like experience awakening people to the wonders of being able to ride 26.2 miles through Los Angeles, car-free. So wonderful is the experience – for first time racers and first time recreational participants – that the event has encouraged a whole new generation of racers and urban bike racing.

Streetsblog LA (as usual) broke the news with an excellent story,

Wolfpack Hustled: City Pulls Support for Marathon Crash, Threatens Legal Action

when the LA Times picked it up with their article, Popular pre-L.A. Marathon bike ride canceled after city permit snag

StreetsBlogLA then had some salient points on the LA Times article here.

LA Weekly followed that up with:

Bicyclists Plan to Crash L.A. Marathon Course — Despite City Shutdown

Indeed so much hype, lack of clarity and contention between the city’s questionable ‘tactics’ resulted in the LA Times going live with an open discussion on what might actually be happening:

L.A. Now Live: Discuss fallout of cancelled pre-L.A. Marathon bike race.

While in DC – advocates from LA and nationally participated in a photo campaign to urge L.A. City to “Save Marathon Crash Race.”

What You Can Do (NOW!)

Call Eric Garcetti/ LA Mayor’s office and let him know that without Wolfpack Hustle thousands will still crash the L.A. Marathon; without control, safety checks or insurance. Save#marathoncrash 213.978.0600 mayor.garcetti@lacity.org

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