CYPRESS PARK — For many people, riding a bike is considered a recreational pursuit better left to those who are young and don’t have to haul around bags of groceries and kids. But bike shop owner and cycling advocate Josef Bray-Ali has long challenged that view. To make his point, he and his 7-year-old daughter recently rode a cargo bike to a Dodger game from his shop in Cypress Park. The ride took about 30 minutes.
Yes, Bray-Ali, who recorded a video of the final portion of the trip, did do some huffing and puffing climbing up the “mountain” to reach the stadium via the Downtown Gate. But he didn’t have to pay $20 to park and was not stuck in a traffic jam.
“A key part of the ride is a foot bridge at Cypress Park that allows me to skip Avenue 26 and Figueroa and Riverside Drive bridge construction,” said Bray-Ali, who described the game-day journey on his blog. “The worst bits – exercise-wise – were the narrow and winding bit of Bishop as it curves away from Cathedral High and that final climb past the parking lot payment booths. Once you get past that it is pretty smooth sailing and the parking lot isn’t that steep.”