The above video was supposed to have shown off Boyle Heights’ newly painted green bike lane. Instead, a man riding a customized bike while listening to ranchera music steals the show. City bike coordinator Nate Baird shot the video and other photos this weekend after city crews sprayed sections of the First Street bike lane a bright green to help the lane and riders stand out in traffic. But what also stood out and caught Baird’s attention was a bicyclist with a dark hat riding a customized bike equipped with a boom box on the handlebars. “I thought it was really cool,” Baird said of the man’s bike.
Baird had seen the man and the bike a few months before when the First Street bike lane was completed. After the man agreed to be photographed this past weekend, Baird got on his own bike and used his phone to record a video of the rider gliding down First Street accompanied by ranchera music playing from the boom box. As they approach First and Soto streets, Baird asks the man for his name. He replies “José … from Tijuana” before continuing on his journey.
Where was Jose going? Baird was not sure but Jose of Tijuana seemed to be enjoying the trip.