Bikes in Las Vegas

I spent the past week in Las Vegas for a conference, and I thought I would share my thoughts on biking there. Rather than offer a well-informed, researched opinion, I’ll just talk about what I saw in the approximately six block stretch of Las Vegas Blvd between Mandalay Bay and the Bellagio.

I didn’t see any bikes on the first day, but on day 2 I was passed by two separate bike commuters. One guy in a security guard shirt was riding on the edge of the street, and he used the crosswalk to proceed against the light. The other was a younger guy on a 20 inch trick bike taking his ride up the escalators and across the busy streets on the pedestrian bridges (despite signs prohibiting such use). Both were on Wal-Mart specials.

On days three and four I saw a bike cop each day. They had nice Trek rides.

Also on day four, I saw the supply bikes for the street distribution teams. These are crews of poorly dressed guys passing out what I call ‘hooker trading cards’ that described various escort services. The supply bikes were hosting strong wire baskets over the back wheel, and the riders would travel from corner to corner resupplying the front line troops.

As we left on day 5, two ambulances arrived at the hotel near the cab stand, and two bikes cops rolled up shortly after. Also, a police car with two more bikes on a rack in the back joined the group. I can see how a bicycle would be a great way for the officers to get around.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back in Indiana.

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