It's The Triathlon Not Carmageddon II That's Ruining Our Lives
When it comes to dealing with Carmageddon, Angelenos seem to have their routines down pat. A triathlon on the other hand? That is what seems to be doing us in.
Thanks to the Herbalife Los Angeles Triathlon, not only did Angelenos have to avoid a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway today, they had to avoid using basically most North-South streets that crossed over Venice Boulevard or Olympic Boulevard all the way from Fairfax to downtown. The 10 Freeway got backed up, too, because people were using it to cross over Venice Boulevard, according to City News Service.
It didn't matter if you were on bus, on foot or on bike: it was pretty ugly out there for anyone who wanted to cross over those major thoroughfares.
So what was up with the planning? The Herbalife Los Angeles Triathlon was actually given permits long before Carmageddon II was scheduled. 2,500 competitors competed this morning.
In case you missed it, here's a lot of bitching on Twitter from people who made the mistake of leaving their homes:
This triathlon and its closures can die in a fiery pit of poisonous scorpions that make incisions on your skin and squeeze lemons on them.— Addie Black (@NowhereAddie) September 30, 2012
Funny.Someone put up a sign on the w/b 10 Robertson exit saying "Get off here or die." Apparently the triathlon did it to Overland.— Hugh (@GammaInfinity) September 30, 2012
Carmageddon? NBD. LA Triathlon? Road rage nightmare death trap horrible.— Tommy V (@ManBearThomas) September 30, 2012
Lots of angry people at major intersections along Olympic Blvd... Hard to even just walk across. Bicyclists of the triathlon ticked off too.— Koreatown LA (@KoreatownLA) September 30, 2012
Hey Department of Transportation, way to schedule Carmageddon 2 and a triathlon on Olympic from Venice to LA Live on the same day. Srsly?— Dave Kim (@davekim) September 30, 2012
Dear LA triathlon: Thank you for doubling my commute this morning. the nerve of some people, trying to exercise on a Sunday.— David Ely (@David_Ely) September 30, 2012
The LA Triathlon has kept me stuck in traffic for the past two hours. Somehow, the radio makes the Jets even worse.— Robert Mays (@realrobertmays) September 30, 2012
ironically i can't ride my bike today because of traffic complication due to a triathlon— JP Clark (@johnphilipclark) September 30, 2012
As a former triathlete, I can say this triathlon sucks. Two hours of driving from Carson to WeHo & still not there yet. #firstworldproblems— Sumiko Braun (@sumikobraun) September 30, 2012
Judging from my feed, Angelenos are much more pissed off by that stupid triathlon than Carmageddon II. Below Olympic in Mid-City= locked-in— Frenchy Butchic (@Frenchybutchic) September 30, 2012
The Herbalife triathlon DURING CARMEGEDDON may be the stupidest thing that has happened to our city. Seriously?!?— Destri A Martino (@DestriMartino) September 30, 2012
A colossal FUCK YOU to whoever organized the LA Triathlon. 1 hr detour (& counting) simply because I couldn't cross Venice Blvd.— Hermano Spreewell (@NHLwithHermano) September 30, 2012