LONG BEACH (CBS) — Bike vs. Plane? It should be obvious to anyone who would win that contest.

Well, not so fast!

Some bloggers, hearing about JetBlue’s $4 fare from Burbank to Long Beach decided to lay down a challenge and see if some bike riders could beat the airline in a cross town race.

A cycle group known as the Wolfpack Hustle set off just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

A blogger also left his home, in Burbank, about the same time.

Using the bike path along the LA River for most of their trip, the cyclists made their destination in a little more than an hour and 30 minutes.

Even though the flight time was about 20 minutes, the blogger had to leave his house, check in, board and deplane. Not to mention arriving an hour before his flight even left.

By the time the plane took off, the cyclists were already in Long Beach.

The cycle group said the challenge was meant to show how easy it is to get around the Southland by bike…and how much more convenient it is.

Comments (193)
  1. JJ says:

    Great job guys! 🙂

  2. PeteM says:

    As if anyone really cares!

    1. tee says:

      YEAH That’s the problem. Glad you’ve identified it. Now how do we change that ?

      1. Steven says:

        Why, easily. You elect Democrats and they continue making laws dictating every aspect of our lives.

      2. Did the bikers have to add-in time for changing into and out of bike clothing at either end? How about for the post-ride-shower? Were the cyclists trained, regular cyclists, or were they typical airline passengers? It’s an interesting article, but I’m just not sure that their ‘It’s more convient!’ argument is valid, and I’m certain the implied ‘everyone should do this!’ argument is not.

      3. Joe says:

        @The Archivist
        Good points.

        FYI The person taking public transit made it ten minutes after the cyclists.
        The flight was delayed but not by more than the amount the cyclists beat them.
        The new flights were a Jet Blue promotion, not a good solution to a problem.
        And the cyclists piggybacked on the publicity. Smart.

    2. Frank_S says:

      When the world reaches peak oil we all will care unless you can afford $15 a gallon gasoline.

      1. Flashman says:

        Peak oil will occur in about 150 years (maybe later), that’s how much oil is in the ground, waiting to be pumped out.

        There is a LOT of oil left.

        And, it’s all natural. It’s organic.

      2. schnider says:

        im pretty sure we’ve long passed peak oil, fellas

      3. jvon says:

        “Peak oil”? We still haven’t hit “peak coal” yet and people have been warning about it for 150 years.

      4. CRITman says:

        Just a word about coal. I am working with an Indian tribe in the NW to assist them in set up to drill into a 200 Million Barrel oil reserve under them, and a coal reserve of 16.7 Billion Short Tons. If anyone really wants to really see the truth of what we have in reserves of liquid oil, shale oil, and oil shale, all you have to do is research the web. Not many people will do it because it is very time consuming since you must read reports, articles, along with geological and seismic reports. Regardless of what the politicians and envromentalists say, we actually have more oil under the US than they have in the middle east. And obtaining this oil can be done without damage to the enviroment.

      5. Scott Martin says:

        Frank – when we reach peak oil, or when you greenies invent hydrogen / air cars, The Middle East will be bathing an oil and begging us to buy it for $1 per barrel. I wish people would study basic economics. Oversupply leads to low price. As for the article, my guess is some of the group would make it on some days, but those that FLEW are almost guaranteed of making it and having energy to have dinner and return home.

      6. blackavenger says:

        Oil peak ?????
        Since we have discovered that oil is a chemical process that takes place from the carbon/hydrogen and other naturally occurring elements inside the mantle of the earth, NOT a byproduct of dead ferns and dinosaurs, we may never run out of oil. There isnt any thing in oil to suggest that it was made by the rotting process. That is an absurd assumption, since rotting flesh and intestines or plant fibers do not create oil. Compost is a more likely by product. Oil production will soon be duplicated in labs and will become a economic boom to our nation.

    3. winston says:

      We live in a controlled society and people love it. Meaningless stories like this and sport events keep the sheeple passive and content…

      1. BillBobBoo says:

        and then some sheeples make comments don’t they?

    4. BZ says:

      Wow, I am (hardly) impressed. If I leave today and the plane leaves tomorrow I’ll beat it too. How about if I leave 2 days early but walk. It might be close. Maybe. This is a non-story.

    5. Dave luege says:

      they probably hog up the lanes holding up traffic as well.

      1. jake49 says:

        Uhh they went on the LA river trail most of the way. Yeah I hate it too when they get in the way like that

    6. Robert says:

      We do care .. this demonstrates the crippling of our once jet-fast economy by TSA and its regulations. I used to commute from Austin to Dallas twice a week. Got to the airport ten minutes before plane departure and was in Dallas in 30 minutes. It is now faster ( and less degrading ) to drive. In the long run, though, we decided it was no longer worth the effort and we cut off our distributor in Dallas – we traded off some profit for a bit less liability (it is dangerous to drive that often in a hurry) and hassle. Direct example of the TSA hurting our economny – which is not that well known (DisneyWorld knows it) – the fact that our freedom in general has been hurt is already well known. Some people care and some people do not.

  3. Mike_88 says:

    If he had a suit on, I bet he would have landed the account despite the smell.

    1. Rocco Henderson says:

      ..and I’ll bet that blue collar worker can’t wait to pedal home after an exhausing day.

      1. PabloKoh says:

        I know lots of blue collar workers who fit pipe, plumb and do electrical work all day and stop off at the gym on the way home. Bicycling beats spending $4.50 for traveling only 15 miles in stop and go traffic.


      3. frankie lorain says:

        @palbokoh You are a damnned liar. Any one of those trade workers who are pulling their weight don’t go to the gym because they workout at their jobs in the heat. You wrote “lots” and I call B.S.

      4. John Huan Vu says:

        I take you’ve never been to L.A. There wouldn’t be a restaurant industry if you took out all the people who rode their bikes to their jobs. But I guess restaurant workers aren’t “blue collar” enough for you. Nice try at taking the populist angle, though.

      5. SELPilot says:

        I used to work in a factory (back when LA still had factories). Rode my bike to and from work. Couldn’t wait to get out and on the bike. You’d be surprised how refreshing it can be.

    2. Kent says:

      Problem one. How many people are in shape to ride roundtrip from Burbank to Long Beach regardless of what your wearing. Two, how many times do you think you could do it before being mugged or just shot for sport, and would a suit or spandex be more likely to provoke said attack? I spent an evening in North Long Beach peddling my dead car battery from my car to the auto store and waiting for a replacement. Good times.

      1. Kent says:

        forgive me:’you’re’, better yet. ‘they’re’. Don’t yell at me please! I tried so hard!

  4. comic_guy says:

    How about better proofreading: Even though the flight time was about 20 minutes, the blogger “hag” to leave his house…

    1. Goldie says:

      I know it’s so upsetting to see mistakes like that! It made me want to eat a kitten.

      1. Robert Brooks says:

        lol eat a kitten

      2. Flashman says:

        Fried, baked, or raw?

  5. MEBravoli says:

    Well, now, comic_guy, how about the one, “A cycle group knows as…” Last time I checked, it was “known as” but I could be wrong….

    1. Michelle says:

      The writer must’ve gotten a government education.

      1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

        Along with the drooling idiot who approved such a ridiculous flight route.

    2. soqueesh mulhatra says:

      Affirmitive action has degraded the quality of every profession.

      1. GelberFlam says:

        You’re right. But. It’s spelled “Affirmative.” Try to keep up.

      2. Gavrick says:

        As have H1-B and L-1 visas used to import cheap labor from Asia.

  6. Eric Slowik says:

    Dont worry its just migrant workers writing the things americans wont write.

  7. brian says:

    must of had a big delay on the ground or atc could not handle all the flights landing in long beach at one shot not to metnion competing with aritravic of lax departures am sure the radar lite up like a xmass tree atc is saying holy cow batman we have planes for once

  8. Mr. Reasonable says:

    What is the point of this experiment? Would any reasonable person take a flight from Burbank to Long Beach? Why not try something more realistic like flying vs. riding from LA to Sacramento?

  9. Ed Fiddler says:

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  10. Count Yob says:

    And they didn’t have to be groped by the TSA, either!

    1. Davis says:

      Very true. They do risk a nasty crotch rash however.

  11. joe says:

    The cyclist got some good exercise, saved a little money, and didn’t get felt-up by the TSA. Good work!

  12. disbeleaf says:

    The point is that in 10,000 years, none of this will matter. And by the way, Bush had nothing to do with this, just in case there was some need to blame.

  13. Jeff says:

    I like to ride my bike too, but not everywhere. What if it’s raining, snowing, freezing cold? And I really can’t show up at my job all sweaty and smelly. Plus, let’s say you ride your bike or walk pretty much everywhere, just think of all the extra food you’ll need since you’re burning all those extra calories.

    1. John says:

      God forbid people incorporate exercise in their daily life. With obecity at its highest rate ever, I can’t believe you are making this arguement.

      1. Gregg Weber says:

        Heart attack?

      2. Jeff says:

        Obesity too.

    2. Jason Carroll says:

      many larger companies when they have a new building made or renovations done, will incorporate a shower for the workers there. So actually, you can arrive all sweaty and smelly if you wanted, then take a shower, and arrive at your desk in actually a much more refreshed state than any of your coworkers. this leads to lower insurance costs since youre less likely to need heart attack help, and youre more alert while working so youre more productive. Youre not burning much more calories than otherwise anyways. Check it out yourself, most of your calories used are just in regular day to day breathing and living, not exercise. This is why – and they are right – all the exercise professionals tell us the way to get a 6 pack abs is start in the kitchen. if you eat in excess constantly, then no matter how much exercise you do, you will never get your dream abs. You need to change your eatting habits.

      1. Dave Shaffer says:

        I can’t wait to see how many idiots use the bike lanes to Elroy once our wonderful F1 track is built. Austin really is weird, but in a stupid sort of way.

  14. Rummy says:

    Em, is it really necessary to fly across the city?

  15. Big Daddy says:

    GREAT story for us amurcans. as i’m sitting on my couch as i have been for the last 10 days, potato chips all over me, empty cupcake wrappers here and there, BIG bottles of soda needing some refills…and somebody had the audacity to mess all that up by telling me that i can get somewhere faster on a bike than on a plane? what is the point, folks, that i should get off my lazy butt and try to help reduce the 70% of US health-related illnesses and thereby reduce the need for anybody’s health care??? BOO-freaking-HISS, folks. i’m an amurcan, and i wanna be fat and lazy till it kills me.

    1. Cletus says:

      Where do you get your bottles refilled? Sign me up!

    2. Adam Taylor says:


    3. TRIPLETS says:


  16. The Clintidote says:

    But when they got there by bike they were sweaty and luggageless.

  17. Allen says:

    ..and the bikers were not molested by TSA. Useless TSA slowing down airlines, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Mooney says:

      Yay we have rights… Gid rid of all the planes & bikes. Now the highway patrol can harrass us for using those corridors. I think you’re missing the point…

  18. jim says:

    Bike riding is a hobby sport. We are not going to live our lives on bicycles.
    These idiots probably belong to that weird lefty bike “mass something or other”.

    1. jack says:

      critical mass

      1. jill says:

        Hate them!!!

    2. TRIPLETS says:

      Yes and it is a $100 fine if you drive into the bike lane….

    3. bill says:

      Lose weight fatty and shut up.

    4. Joe says:

      Uh, wow.
      Ever hear of professional cycling? Apparently not.
      Bikes are just slow vehicles.
      YOU are not going to live your life on a bicycle, that’s okay by me, but others do.
      At least when they don’t take their car.

  19. JOe Dutra says:

    I hope they were packing heat as they cycled though Compton.

  20. steve says:

    The upside to the blogger flying is, presuming the blogger is a male, that he got a free prostate exam from the TSA…

  21. Jus Sayin says:

    Plus, the guy who flew had to submit to an anal exam.

  22. Stan Kinder says:

    The blogger arrived in a fresh suit. The cyclists arrived in sweat soaked spandex and sopping wet hair.

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      last time i flew, i knew i was too hot on the plane in a full suit. i had to take off my sports coat so i wasnt sweating. in addition to my suit being wrinkled from sitting in it for a while.

  23. h4x354x0r says:

    LOL every auto driver hates every other auto driver just as much, or even more, than they hate the cyclists. H8rs gonna H8, wut U gonna do? In the meantime, I keep doing what they don’t think can be done: using a bicycle for daily transportation. This is even in Missouri, where we really do have both intense heat and humidity AND bitter icy cold.

    I’d tell you my secret, but you wouldn’t believe me.

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      ive ridden in the snow. the road tires actually cut through it pretty well. not normally anyone on the sidewalks. i never have to worry about getting into an accident.

  24. OldTimer says:

    They did a similar test years ago – long before 9/11 – to see if it was faster to get from an office building in downtown San Jose to a building in LA by flying and picking up a rental car or just getting in your car and driving the 340 miles, driving won by an hour (the flight was delayed).

    1. skyhifun says:

      If you have time to spare go by air

    2. skoch says:

      Must not have been daytime.

  25. lbguy says:

    very poor journalism. You forgot to mention that they scheduled the “race” so that the bikes would reach the finish before the plane took off

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      they scheduled the race to start when the people getting molested by the tsa had to leave for the airport. so they started the same time.

  26. Guapi says:

    Heck I’ve driven my car from Burbank to Long Beach in 20 minutes!

  27. Member548 says:

    Imagine instead a world where the majority of people quit talking on cell phones and texting while driving their cars like idiots, and nearly everyone had a motorcycle to commute on, even if only when the weather was nicer. Traffic would suddenly flow, pollution would drop, and our massive oil trade deficit would decline, but if only Americans weren’t so fat, lazy and spoiled as to think they need to drive a house everywhere they go.

    1. You're not smart says:

      If only the world listened to you, then all our problems would be solved!

    2. chopper says:

      no doubt………….buy a Harley.

    3. Jason Carroll says:

      ive seen massively fat people on motorcycles. heck, ive seen them on bicycles too.

    4. Mikey says:

      You don’t have to imagine it Member548. They call that country India.

  28. Lexington12 says:

    Wow. So what is the purpose of the article? You have a choice. Pedal your butt off to get to your destination or take it easy, relax and fly there without breaking a sweat. Stupid environmentalistas always have the desire to bring this country back to the 1900’s. Just go live in Cuba if you hate progress so much. Stop telling Americans what to eat, drive, etc.

  29. h00v3r says:

    You’re significantly less likely to be killed or injured flying on a plane than you are riding your bike.

  30. chopper says:

    I wouldn’t fly Jetblue across the street………

  31. Chippy55 says:

    The content of this story matters not, it’s just another “think” piece by the Liberal media, because they want EVERYONE to bike, or not use a certain brand of soap, or turn off lights, but they never tell you that CBS flies people all over hells half acre, at the drop of a hat, “to get a story”. Just like Al Gore burning 19,000 gals of jet fuel in his private jet, to fly and tell people to NOT fly, or the Obamas telling you to feed your kids carrots while they eat ribs and cheesburgers, and also fly Air Force One and Two all over the globe along with 400 or 500 friends all on the taxpayers dime. It’s just another case of the Liberal media, and Liberals in general saying: do as I say, not as I do.

    1. h4x354x0r says:

      55 lb chippy on shouldery hardy to knock offy? Muchy? Get a clue: EVERY wealthy politician, Dem or Pub, lives like this. The “rich and famous,” whether liberal or conservative, have it even better.

      Bicycling is an excellent solution to a lot of problems: rising energy costs, rising healthcare costs, congestion, and bending over for uncle sam.

      1. Mikey says:


        First of all that is quite the clever name. I’ve only seen 200 variations of it…

        Second, while EVERY politician may be rich and live the high life, only the liberals are telling us not to. Conservatives actually want us to work harder to make life better. Liberals want us to live as serfs so they can continue to prosper…

      2. h4x354x0r says:

        You keep telling yourself that, chippy, that somehow all the Republicans are getting richer and sucking all the money out of the economy for the betterment of everyone (how’s that going for you so far?), and all those liberals are doing the same thing strictly to control you and keep you down. My userid has more meaning than you understand, as well. Keep peeling the onion.

        The funniest part is, I’m the liberal that’s actually doing it (using a bike for basic daily transportation), while you, the conservative, are the one telling me I’m wrong and can’t or shouldn’t do it. Irony: Ur doin it rite!

    2. disbeleaf says:

      Tru Dat Chippy55!

    3. Robert says:

      chippy: I did not see this as a “bike vs car” project. Rather it implies that if a bicycle can beat the regulation-bogged airlines, then so can ANY other mode of transportation .. especially your automobile. It also made clear that the speed of the airplanes or airlines themselves were not in question.

  32. Tester says:

    Whatever happened to proper spelling and grammar? What stupid uneducated people are writing the new? Article reads:

    A cycle group knows as the Wolfpack

    Hey, ever use a spell checker? Was this written by a 12 year old?

    1. Kevin says:

      Spelll checkers can’t correct grammatical errors. “Knows” is a legitimate word.

  33. jschmidt says:

    wait till TSA puts up bike checkpoints/ They’ve talked about car and truck stops looking for bombs..

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      they have suway checkpoints already

  34. Big Willie says:

    But the cyclists did not have to content with the TSA groping and numd scanners to slow them down. And you can be those TSA types would have had a field day groping the crotch padding of a good set of spandex bicycle pants.

  35. Bob says:

    Wierd. Reading the blog everyoine has the answer about what you and I should do.

    I for one thought this country was based on freedom. If you want to bike home, bike home. If you want to take a bus, train, or drive, or carpool… WHATEVER.

    Or should we just give away our freedoms, one by one?

    1. nick says:

      hey bob aka the only reasonable guy here

  36. ICallBS says:

    Did they include the shower and change of clothes the biker was going to need to take at the end of the ride?

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      no but to be fair they didnt include the psychological counseling that the airplane passenger will need after getting felt up by “Bubba” the TSA guy.

  37. Al says:

    What would you expect from an airline that flies Eurotrash planes? Buy AMerican, stupid! Boeing rules!

  38. David says:

    Don’t let the Obama administration know about this. He might appoint the TSA to establish roadblocks for security checks to make sure no riders are transporting any weapons that could place other riders and surrounding traffic at risk.

  39. JustinC says:

    This is a stupid story.

    1. Butterfly says:

      I am forever indebted to you for this infrmoation.

  40. Slow News Day says:

    They rigged the test. It was no contest.
    Sensational as it sounds, if you check when the bikers started; it was well before the jet left the ground.
    You are not a winner if you cheat, and they cheated.

    1. Member548 says:

      Right, because people magically appear at air ports the instant their flight is supposed to leave and instantly appear at their final destination when the plane lands. Don’t be daft.

    2. Alex says:

      The spirit of the race was a commute race, not a literal jet vs. bike race. The But that might be your problem, you perceive the speed of the mode of transport but not all the components that go into it. The car ride, TSA, baggage claim, arrival, blah blah blah, you call that happiness?

      Free yourself from the oil shackles from time to time. You might like it.

  41. stevie weevie says:

    I prefer to fly from Burbank to LAX.

  42. Dr. Bombay says:

    And if I had my Flash Gordon Stratosled I could have done it in 10 min or less.

    ——– http://911essentials.com

  43. barry1817 says:

    Let all the liberals and democrats cycle and that will open the roads for others. And since they like to cycle, and it is quicker and easier, that should be a win, win for all involved.

    1. Kenny West says:

      Hey, lots of conservatives cycle, too –

      1. Jimbo says:

        No kidding.
        Some people just can’t get away from stereotypes.

  44. Kenny West says:

    When I lived in LA I rode my bike for transportation a lot. It is almost as fast as driving, faster in the rush periods and waayyyy faster than taking public transportation. Only problem is it is dangerous – learn the side streets.

  45. Tek Soo Wong says:

    Wow, no way man that is jsut totally cool!


  46. Rocco Henderson says:

    How about those bikes vs. a motorcycle?

  47. LAbilly says:

    First; what Idiot flys from Burbank fo Long Beach? You can drive it in less than an hour, even at rush hour… As for the bikes, bet they were sweaty and smelly when they got there, nothing worse than the guy who rides his bike to work or getting the table at a restaurant next to a bunch of stinky bicycle riders. If you count the time they would have to take to shower and change clothes….

  48. Alex says:

    Enough about peak oil.

    When are we gonna hit peak atmosphere? When the world is so choked up on pollution and warming, ecosystems thrashed, that there will be no sustainable food but corn and soy products to make something that looks like food.

    1. Mikey says:

      The answer to your question is never.

  49. Joe says:

    And plus the bikers didn’t get groped by the TSA!

  50. John Fox says:

    So I’ll assume then that the biker carried baggage and also arrived fresh and smelling like a daisy.

    Nice publicity stunt that means … nothing. I don’t bike to work because it would take over 2 hours to get there v/s 35 minutes, an hour in heavy traffic. And I don’t like riding in the 110 degree summer heat in Phoenix, and dealing with rain and cars. There are no shower facilities. And spending an extra 2-3 hours a day on a bike instead of at home is a waste of time.

    I have nothing against people that ride bikes. But their self-righteous attitudes do get annoying. Oh .. and ride in a single line so you don’t take up the entire freakin’ lane you morons.

    1. Doc says:

      You mean like cars do? Try learning to pass.

      1. GelberFlam says:

        Doc, c’mon… you know what he’s talking about. Cyclists are supposed to stay right and let traffic move at their normal speed. I’m sure you have seen groups of cyclists filling up a lane in a no passing zone with traffic stacked up behind them. That is not “Sharing the Road.” And I know there are jerks in cars who don’t give cyclists enough room. It works both ways. The answer (for intelligent cyclists) is not to ride four abreast and hold up vehicle traffic. All that does is produce a lot of resentment and makes it tougher for all the other riders, because you know those people who get held up are gonna remember that. TRULY share the road. Please.

  51. David Heath says:

    And to show how easy it was to end our unsustainable reliance and try to get Americans back in some level of physical shape. I don’t blame people for being willing to pay a mere $4 for a flight (provided TSA isn’t involved) but the price shows how crazy and thoughtless society is to the environmental and economic realities we are facing right now, and which will only be getting worse.

  52. alpha tango says:

    SUV baby.

  53. Exxon says:

    So the cyclists had time to ride back to Burbank and get their luggage they forgot and still beat the plane.

    Peak oil? Brainwashing!

    The earth makes oil, continually. A fossil is a fossil, not the source of oil, this is where you’re being misled.

    People find fossils all the time and no oil is present. How dumb do you have to be to believe a quadrillion plants and animals all perished at the same time in the same location, were somehow buried instantly unable to decay and formed an oil field?

  54. David Heath says:

    Would like at least to know the distance between the two sites, not being from the area. How am I supposed to see this in perspective otherwise?

  55. Darkhorserunning says:

    Cycling is only good for you until a car or truck hits you.

  56. Rich says:

    I found the comments to be more entertaining than the story.

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  58. Dean says:

    Burbank to Long Beach is downhill. I wonder what their time would be in the opposite direction. How many stop signs did they disobey on the way? Very few bike riders obey stop signs.

  59. Dean says:

    It’s about 40 miles, give or take. To go in the opposite direction (uphill), anyone who is not Ironman-competition-fit would be on foot, pushing the bike uphill, once they got to the steep climb around the Beverly Hills/Glendale area. It would be a gradual climb from Long Beach to that area, but uphill nonetheless, sapping strength before reaching the steepest hills. Burbank elevation is 778 feet. Long Beach is at 60 feet.

    Since they can’t use the freeway, there would be lots of stop signs along the way. Does anyone believe that they actually stopped for stop signs?

    1. Jerry P says:

      That’s one of my pet peeves with bicyclists. The b**ch and moan about motorists not giving them “their space” on the road, but the ignore the law and whiz by on the right of way when traffic is stopped and go through red lights/stop signs at will.

      1. Doc says:

        Yeah, those damn bicycles are always killing people in cars when they roll past jammed traffic and deserted intersections. Honestly…does anyone think any more?

  60. Jerry P says:

    Really no big deal at all. I can frequently beat air travel time in my car over medium length distances. My 7 hour drive to Pittsburgh takes almost as long by air, IF you start the clock when I leave my driveway and follow airport guidelines and allow for rental car and drive time to my final destination, so it’s only natural on such a ridiculously short flight the “overhead” time will dwarf the flight time.

  61. SuperBooger says:

    A few other things left out to favor the bikers:
    1.Were these professionals or semi-pros? meaning they have high end bikes osting thousands of dollars and do it every day..
    2. Prep time for the bikers…Tire check, helmet check, mechanical check for bike and gear..proper hydration for them
    3. Blogger could have checked in online reducing his time.

    4..these cyclist have nothing better to do than promote their..WolkPack” lol

    5. How many traffic laws did they break like most cycist do….IE running traffic lights and stop signs?

    1. Lissa says:

      Wow, that’s a really clever way of thniinkg about it!

  62. blackavenger says:

    Get TSA out of the equasion and it should be about an equal trip.

  63. Dave Shaffer says:

    Just because a bunch of roadies beat an airplane doesn’t mean it’s the *smart* thing to do. I rode my bike to work (when I first moved here), and found it only took my five minutes longer than when I drove. Why didn’t I keep it up? Well, leaving work at midnight, having to ride down Ben White, cross I-35, then pass all the drunk goat-ropers leaving Midnight Rodeo wasn’t conducive to a long life.

  64. Jim Bob says:

    How much luggage did each cyclist carry?

  65. Bicycle Bob says:

    This seems fine and ironic in terms of fuel required. No car and jet fuel required.

  66. Dave-o says:

    Fruits and nuts. Every one of you.

  67. MarkBench says:

    Ridiculous. Like calling for a cab to the Circle K 100 yards from my house.

    The headline is good. It just trumpets a silly article. Shakespearean….Much Ado About Nothing.

  68. RDH says:

    Where did they store their luggage? Did the women carry their purses? How did the children hold up on the bike trip? Did the time include cleanup? I sure wouldn’t want to downwind any of the bikers after their trip.

  69. Robert Chesnavich says:

    I really can’t believe the level of inane comments on this article. What, if it doesn’t concern Casey Anthony, Charlie Sheen or 150 dying somewhere in the Middle East it’s not a “story”?

    This was an interesting experiment, and it seems that people can’t help but be defensive about it. Like any science, what you take from the results is up to you. Of course everyone will want to push their agenda regarding it. That doesn’t mean that you have to.

    If there’s anything that I get from this article, it’s that we often are so addicted to the most advanced forms of transportation that we lose sight of how inefficient they can be. For a little while I worked in downtown (Pittsburgh) which is about 3 miles from where I am. People looked at me crazy when I said that I walked there. But what were the other options?

    1) Bus – I determined that on average the bus got me to work a whopping 10 minutes sooner than walking. And that would be after dealing with buses that were usually overcrowded, often late or otherwise unreliable, and that sucked another $2.25 from me.

    2) Car – don’t have one right now, but even if I did, I would either have to pay either even more than $2.25 in parking, or else park it somewhere far away, eating into the time that I saved, not to mention all associated vehicle costs (gas, insurance, wear and tear) and dealing with rush hour traffic. Twice.

    3) Bike – This was the only alternate option that seemed worth it. Little cost after purchase price, and mostly bike friendly roads. The only problem would be that work was about 900 ft lower in elevation (ie, the trek back was literally up a mountain). Still better than the other two.

    So in the end, I usually walked. I dressed lightly enough to not sweat, got a little healthy exercise, even got to listen to some audiobooks or music on the way, and never had to worry about being late due to traffic. But trying to convince my co-workers of this was often like talking to a brick wall.

    That is where we’re at right now. A few people scoffed above, asking what kind of person flies from Burbank to Long Beach. Well clearly some kind of person does, else JetBlue wouldn’t offer the service (unless you think that airlines get a kick out of wasting money flying empty planes). Yes, it’s probably a silly choice. The point of events like these is to prove it.

    Stop being so damn defensive and cynical, everyone. Just accept this for what it was: a data point that you can use however you see fit.

    1. Jimbo says:

      OMG, you used your brain.
      That IS crazy.

  70. Sobe says:

    Yeah, and the people on the bikes were not sexualy groped & molested.
    So who’s bum is sore?
    The way the TSA “BROWN SHIRTS” are going, a wheel Chair may be next to beat the flight.

  71. Your Friend says:

    1. Professionals?
    Rider 1: Lead Software Engineer for an American multinational public corporation invested in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon.
    Rider 2: Attorney/private practice. Married. Two children. Registered Republican
    Rider 3: 19 year old college student
    Rider 4: Executive for a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Has an MBA. Married. One child. Registered Republican
    Rider 5: An actor who maintains a solid middle class lifestyle and actually generates all annual income from acting jobs. (This is rare in LA!!!)
    Rider 6: IT manager for a company that produces NVIDIA based consumer computer hardware.

    2. Proper hydration? Doesn’t everyone drink water?

    3. Checked in online? Yes that would have closed the gap for sure.

    4. Nothing better to do? Please see above.

    5. Not one traffic law was broken by the bike riders.

  72. JC says:

    Duh, air travel was never meant to be from one side of town to the other. Beat a plane from Atlanta to LA and then I’ll be impressed. Also while we’re at it, since more states are passing laws to make it easier for bike riders to use public roads, they need to have required training and bike registration (like car / motorcycle) to improve safety and help pay for the roads they are using.

    1. John Huan Vu says:

      “they need to have required training and bike registration (like car / motorcycle) to improve safety and help pay for the roads they are using”

      We don’t need more government regulation for something that kids can operate without hurting other people. We also don’t need more fees for people who mostly already own cars and are already paying fees. Roads are mostly paid for with general fund anyway, which we all pay into.

    2. Jimbo says:

      I agree about the training, most drivers could use more too.
      Registration doesn’t really pay for itself in benefits.
      They do pay, and barely incur costs.

  73. JustFollowing says:

    Don’t worry… If we all start riding bicycles, there will be a bicycle checkpoint to do personal searches. I’m surprised they haven’t started stateline checkpoints as well. According to the Steinbeck novel “Grapes of Wrath”, they had check points in California to get in. To return the favor, there should be checkpoints to keep the liberals in (especially since they love that political climate so much).

  74. Robert says:

    This demonstrates the crippling of our once jet-fast economy by TSA and its regulations. I used to commute from Austin to Dallas twice a week. Got to the airport ten minutes before plane departure and was in Dallas in 30 minutes. It is now faster ( and less degrading ) to drive. In the long run, though, we decided it was no longer worth the effort and we cut off our distributor in Dallas – we traded off some profit for a bit less liability (it is dangerous to drive that often in a hurry) and hassle. Direct example of the TSA hurting our economny – which is not that well known (DisneyWorld knows it) – the fact that our freedom in general has been hurt is already well known. Some people care and some people do not.

  75. John C says:

    So what. Transportation has never been and never will be about simply getting to your destination; it’s about getting to your destination with your stuff, in a condition that doesn’t leave you physically stressed or hot and sweaty. The challenge proves nothing, except the bicyclists are arrogant, idealistic snobs.

  76. John Huan Vu says:

    Gah, people need to relax. The cyclists were just having fun with JetBlue’s good-natured publicity stunt and the airline played along. They didn’t break any traffic laws and rode mostly on a river path.

    This isn’t some scientific experiment about the speed of modes of transit. Most plane trips are much longer and most city trips are under five miles, perfect for a bike. But nobody wants to take your cars away if you need to go 40 miles. Sweating isn’t that bad. And yes, air travel with the delays and TSA has been painful.

    And I don’t know these guys well but I’ve definitely talked politics with one of them. He’s a Ron Paul libertarian. You do know that Ron Paul like to ride bikes, right? So yes, please leave your outmoded prejudices about cyclists or whomever at the door and just enjoy this story for what it is, a light weekend story that didn’t involve a celebrity’s crotch.

  77. tomfromalgonquin says:

    It wasn’t a fair race, check out a globe, it was all downhill for the bicycle.

  78. VINNY THE SHARK says:

    Well I guess the next time I want to arrive at my destination smelling like NUTSACK and OLD SOCKS, I’ll take a bike.

  79. Shark Taco says:

    Your obvious hygiene issues and mode of transportation are unrelated.

  80. John Huan Vu says:

    Somebody call a waaahhhmbulance, all the rugged individuals are suddenly afraid of breaking a sweat!

  81. Phil Ligget says:

    Awesome, dancing on the pedals like scalded cats…. they beat out a JET!

    1. SELPilot says:

      hilarious. but how many here will get the joke?

  82. deserttrek says:

    I ride and drive. Both are good. They beat the plane is awesome.

  83. RC says:

    Can probably carry more stuff, too, given how absurd the airline baggage restrictions have gotten.

  84. sundevil says:

    I think they was a fun idea, but the guy traveling by plane probably didn’t need to arrive an hour early. Was he really trying to win? Saturday mornings aren’t usually busy, so he could have arrived 30 minutes early and easily made it. With no bags, etc. he could have tempted fate and showed up 15 minutes early.

    It would be more interesting if they raced the bus/subway. I’ll bet it would take over 2 hours on the bus. That’s how pathetic mass transit is in many cities. Too many stops.

  85. Hayne Crum says:

    Anyone that flies that short of distance is certifiable in any case. He could have taken a cab and crushed the bike riders.

  86. joe says:

    there is a light rail in fla that they could put in there

  87. MEG says:

    why is this a “Liberal” article? Since when is freeing ourselves from foreign oil and suggesting an alternate way of transportation that could also help us with the current obesity epidemic something that only liberals want? I’ve voted conservative all my life and the idea of biking (when it is an appropriate substitute for car or plane travel) seems very much in line with my values. Get myself around with less infringement from the government, at less cost to me, without relying upon expensive oil or navigating an airport. Certainly I’m not against cars or planes but I bike 9 miles to work every day with good enough weather, and any moderately fit American could do the same. I burn 400 calories, get to breathe some fresh air, and believe it or not I do NOT arrive to work sweaty. Save some gas and lose that ass, BIKE!

    1. GelberFlam says:

      9 miles. That is awesome. I used to do about half that, and loved it. I was a little sweaty, but it was in sunny South Carolina… and my boss didn’t mind at all. I was flying on 4-lane city boulevards and a few neighborhood shortcuts in drive time traffic. Where are you that 9 miles doesn’t make you sweaty? One part of mine was a pretty brutal hill.

  88. bhop73 says:

    You guys really should unbunch your panties.. The short flights were obviously publicity stunts as Jet Blue doesn’t normally even offer that flight. The bikes racing them was just for fun. Nobody’s making you get out of your precious cars.

  89. Debbie says:

    I thought JetBlue did an awesome job being there for their consumers and creating buzz. A friend and I traveled on the JetBlue Carmageddon flights and had a blast. The overall vibe, etc., was so upbeat and it was such a unique experience.

  90. Schnurri says:

    Only 15 miles? By Bike? LOL get real!

  91. Schnurri says:

    I don’t belive it. You trying to tell us that these CALIFORNIANS stopped a full stop at every stop sign? I don’t believe it.

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  93. Giggles says:

    That’s not even 10 muients well spent!

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