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Breaking the LAW: a criminal conspiracy in the making

Old 11-07-07, 03:10 PM
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Breaking the LAW: a criminal conspiracy in the making

Well, kinda.

There is a new freeway opening very close to me. The freeway is done for the most part; it should be about 20 miles long. That means a 40ish mile round trip.

You probably guessed it. I want to ride it. I will probably never ever get this chance again. There would be multiple, freshly paved, virgin freeway road, with no cars. In a few months, the freeway will be open.

The plan: A night ride on the new freeway.

The question: If dared, would you come along?
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Old 11-07-07, 03:23 PM
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Wouldn't take a dare to get me out there -- this is an opportunity that shouldn't get away!
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Sure, what's the worst they can do? Arrest you for tresspassing, probably. The Tour De 'Toona used an unopenned section of highway for the time trial to start off this years race. Why shouldn't you be able to do the same?

By the way, I probably wouldn't do it unless it was a night ride. And even then, I probably wouldn't do it.
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When they opened the Bloor street viaduct in Toronto in 1918, there was a big pompous ribbon -cutting ceremony. Some kid on a bike shot through them all and was the first person across the viaduct, all the papers took his picture.

They just built an environmental disaster freeway in the east end of Hamilton, gorgeous valley totally ruined by six lanes and concrete.

I've ridden it three times. Cops won't really care.
 
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just be damn sure you don't ride into something that'll kill ya, like an open manhole, drain, rebar poking up, spilled chemicals...whatever. you know, just keep an eye out
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Locally there have been a few times when a new large stretch of freeway is completed and soon to be opened. The city or ADOT holds a party on it and invites the public, cyclists, runners, walkers, rollerbladers to come with BBQ and ice cream for all.

Unfortunately I've never been able to make it, but I've heard from folks who did it was a great time with fun riding for families and speedier groups - I think up to 12mi were open and free.

Here are some news stories about the event(s):
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...party0608.html

"15,000 party at Santan Freeway's sunset shindig

Mike Walbert
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 8, 2006 12:00 AM

An early-evening storm that whipped through the East Valley couldn't dampen the community spirit Wednesday. An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people came to pound the fresh pavement of the Santan Freeway before it opens to traffic early next week.

The storm let up before the 6 p.m. start, and people came out in droves to create a carnival atmosphere.

"We've been watching the construction for, what, five years," said Bart Lambert, 46. The Gilbert resident wound through groups of people on his bicycle as he hauled 2-year-old son, Wyatt, in a shaded buggy.

The event, dubbed "Sunset on the Santan," took place on the chunk of Loop 202 between Val Vista Drive and Power Road in Gilbert.

A 5K run and a family bicycle ride were among the activities. Revelers also partook in live entertainment and free refreshments, including 20,000 bottles of water and 5,000 ice-cream sandwiches and other frozen treats.

"Sunset on the Santan" followed in a growing list of freeway-opening parties that have evolved in the Valley over the past six years. There have been more than a dozen similar parties in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa and Scottsdale.

The latest piece of Loop 202, which will complete the 25-mile Santan Freeway from Interstate 10 in Chandler to U.S. 60 in southeast Mesa, will open Monday morning.

"We're very excited about it," Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman said.

Construction began in late 2004."

Also
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...de0609Z11.html

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Reminds me of this video: http://www.digave.com/videos/BigDig.mpg

Lucas (the guy that filmed that bike messenger race that gets posted a lot) rode through the big dig in Boston. It's not a terribly exciting video though.
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Old 11-07-07, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ggg300 View Post
Well, kinda.

There is a new freeway opening very close to me. The freeway is done for the most part; it should be about 20 miles long. That means a 40ish mile round trip.

You probably guessed it. I want to ride it. I will probably never ever get this chance again. There would be multiple, freshly paved, virgin freeway road, with no cars. In a few months, the freeway will be open.

The plan: A night ride on the new freeway.

The question: If dared, would you come along?
In response to your question, I would ask myself my usual question: What's the worst that could happen?

I think injury is a bigger concern than getting caught, but proper lighting should lessen the possibility of injury. And the lack of cars, really, has to infintely increase your safety.

If you do get caught, I'm sure you will get a stern talking to and maybe a citation.

I'd ride it. But then again, I'm not much for laws. And the worst doesn't appear that bad.
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Find out the opening date and if you choose to ride it, go in the 1-2 days/nights before, that will increase, but not assure, the chances that the pavement is good and continuous. The painted lane lines will make it more fun too. 2-3mo out as it is now is much more likely to have poor conditions.

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I rode a new group of roads in my area for 5 months until they finally opened up to traffic and it was fantastic. Now it full of cars and debris and it sucks. I would go out in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-07-07, 04:01 PM
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i was going to post a video, but yoshi beat me to it.
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Do it. It's really surreal to ride all alone on a highway. The TT for the road festival in PA was on an unfinished portion of highway, a few miles out, there were cars on the other side looking at you. Really surreal.
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Old 11-07-07, 04:40 PM
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Your in SoCal? Where specifically?
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The Blue Route west of Philadelphia took decades to build and the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia scheduled regular rides on sections of it for years.

I once rode I-95 through downtown Philly just before they opened it in the 70's. I also rode I-664 bridge and tunnel across Hampton Roads before it was opened. All these rides took place during the daytime passing numerous workers. Just stay clear of where they are working and they don't seem to mind. There is still a lot of construction debris that you want to be able to see as they don't clean things up until right before opening.
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I think I'd go early morning like 4:30 or 5am. You'd be pulling off just as the sun comes up.
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We have a loop (really a horse shoe) opening around our city soon. I've been wondering the same thing. It looks like it would be an awesome ride.
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I think I'd go early morning like 4:30 or 5am. You'd be pulling off just as the sun comes up.
That would make it even more scenic, perhaps even epic when combined w/ the endorphines that accompany law breaking episodes.

I believe there's some good video footage out there of some messenger types doing the same type of thing in Boston's "Big Dig" before it opened to traffic. Since it's a tunnel, it seemed fairly easy to do as their riding was concealed.

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Reminds me of this video: http://www.digave.com/videos/BigDig.mpg

Lucas (the guy that filmed that bike messenger race that gets posted a lot) rode through the big dig in Boston. It's not a terribly exciting video though.
You may not have as much luck on an open SoCal freeway though. Try to find what time of day or night the road crews aren't working and go for it then.

And yes, I'd probably do it on a dare. Please take pics and update us when/ if you try it. Good luck.
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There's a new bypass thats supposed to open here in a year or so.. its pavement complete mostly.. we've been riding on it for a couple of weeks
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Originally Posted by joecool2727 View Post
Your in SoCal? Where specifically?
Chula Vista CA....after more digging...it looks to be a shorter freeway than I originally thought...
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And when do you plan on riding it? I live in San Diego and that is not too far at all but im not in SD right now but i will be around December. When is it going to be finished?
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Go for it. I rode a bypass before they opened it up it's only a few KM but it was beautiful. Still very nice as theres not much traffic but not the same as a road all to yourself.
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Criminal check list:

1) Aiding the planing of a this criminal enterprise (co-conspirators):
celticfrost
caloso
MKahrl
noisebeam
edzo
clausen
spry

2) Inciting another to commit a crime:

the rest of ya
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Originally Posted by ggg300 View Post
Well, kinda.

There is a new freeway opening very close to me. The freeway is done for the most part; it should be about 20 miles long. That means a 40ish mile round trip.

You probably guessed it. I want to ride it. I will probably never ever get this chance again. There would be multiple, freshly paved, virgin freeway road, with no cars. In a few months, the freeway will be open.

The plan: A night ride on the new freeway.

The question: If dared, would you come along?
Shouldn't this be in SoCal sub forum. Yes, if it was closer. 58 mile drive....
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