We’ve posted the teaser before, but here’s the full version of the 8bar Bikes Fixed Alpcross video. 4 guys, 4 days, 400 km and 4000 m of climbing crossing the alps on fixed gear bikes. Breathtaking scenery.
When Mat Olson rode across the 24-foot-high arches of the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth, city officials were not impressed.
“It’s funny, I heard that they were not too happy about it but it’s just something I do, I like to ride bikes,”
says the 25-year-old BMX rider, who started racing BMX when at 7 and got into freestyle riding a few years later. Now he rides with the professional BMX stunt group Lonestar Action Sports. Before the bridge was even completed Olson and his friends saw an opportunity in the making.
“Once it was completed we realized that with a little bit of support between each transition we could possibly ride over the whole thing,” Olson says. “The boards are at the bottom in between each arch–you could reach that from the ground–all we had to do was reach over the arch and measure a little bit and take into account how much force I would have and put a couple supports in the right places and it was good to go.”
After a month and a half of planning Olson and his friends went out to the bridge. A police car driving by on the otherwise quiet day signaled that it was time to go. Six arches in just under a thousand feet, Olson calls it the biggest pump track he’s ever been on.
“It was pretty wild, going up and over the arches. It was pretty scary just because it was really windy and if anything happened, like a chain broke or a tire popped, it was not going to be good. We picked a good day and a good time.”
Olson says that no one from the city has contacted him about the stunt, but he has emailed the mayor with a proposal.
“Hopefully I can get a response, in effort to be able to build a skate park in the area because there isn’t one in Fort Worth,” Olson says. “Everything is either too far away for all the kids, or it’s an expensive indoor park, or it’s a skateboard-only park and bike riders are getting kicked out or ticketed because they want to ride it.”
A city park where people could ride and skate would deter stunts like his by providing a space for riders to use. “It keeps everybody off of their businesses and off of their stairs and rails and keeps it at the skate parks and bike parks.”
Here’s a short interview with Brendt Barbur, founder of the Bicycle Film Festival, on why it all began and what he’s seen happen in cycling over the past decade and some 60+ cities worth of film festivals.
Shortly after the passage of Austin’s Vulnerable Road User Ordinance, the Austin Police Department released this video to demonstrate how to pass safely. In addition to the agency’s Safe Biking sting, the PSA is a complimentary way in which the Austin PD has taken steps to apply its local safe passing law and acknowledge that it’s effectiveness lies in its enforcement.
“Vulnerable Road User Ordinance violations are very hard to observe and enforce,” said Austin Police Commander Fred Fletcher. “It is our hypothesis that most VRUO violations occur because motor vehicle operators are simply unaware of how dangerous it is – and how it feels – for a vehicle to pass closely to a vulnerable road user.”
Austin Police Chief Juan Acevedo clarifies in the following video that drivers will not be cited for crossing the double yellow line in order to pass safely. Drivers will, however, be found at fault if involved in a head-on collision while crossing the double yellow in an attempt to pass.