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Published on July 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Bicyclists Beat JetBlue Passenger in California Race

Bicycling not fast enough for you? Well, it turns out that, in some situations, bicyclists are even faster than jets.


6 cyclists racing a blogger traveling on a JetBlue flight from Burbank, California to Long Beach, California completed the trip in 1 hour and 34 minutes, mostly riding along the Los Angeles River, while the flight passenger (leaving at exactly the same time, 10:50am) was just taking off when the cyclists reached the finish line this last Saturday. Due to the trip to the airport and the wait time, the flight passenger didn’t stand a chance.

Here’s a little more from the LATimes:

“Joe Anthony, 33, who took the JetBlue flight, said the race was meant to show ‘how feasible cycling is in L.A.,’ And, he said, ‘maybe how ridiculous it is to fly 40 miles.'”

Both seem like worthwhile goals, given the tremendous global warming pollution caused by planes and the many, many benefits of bicycling.

Logically, for covering dense areas, bicycling might be the fastest mode of transport around. Additionally, it is reportedly the most efficient mode of transport. And, rather than waste time going to the gym to stay healthy, bicyclists can have a little more fun bicycling for transportation purposes or racing jets once a week. What’s not to love about this wonderful mode of transport?

More bicycling stories on Planetsave:

  1. Cool Bike-Sharing System Comes to Wrocław, Poland {Pictures & Videos}
  2. Vigilante NYC Bicyclist Gets Ticket for Not Riding in Bike Lane, Then ALWAYS Rides in Bike Lane {Awesome Video}
  3. Top 7 Things I Loved Living & Bicycling in Charlottesville, VA
  4. Top 15 Things I Loved about Living & Bicycling in Groningen, Netherlands {& 25 Photos}

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

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