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Photo Essay: Midnight Ridazz Clown Ride

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If you saw a group of nearly 1,000 bicyclists, many in clown attire, riding around town on Friday night, then you saw the Midnight Ridazz on their monthly ride enjoying the streets of our dear city. The 17.5 mile ride dipped south from Vermont/Hollywood to USC and weaved it's way back.

But what could be one of the most enjoyable rides can also be dangerous as at least 5 accidents occurred. "I just left the emergency room with my friend who had 4 stitches put in her chin after taking a nasty faceplant on Hoover. Thankfully, she's okay," a rider mentioned on the Midnight Ridazz message board.

Another message board comment left described an auto vs. cyclist incident: "The injured rider I saw on Washington and La Brea seemed to be a corker who was hit by an impatient driver. He was laying motionless on the ground and there was a pool of blood behind his head. Very scary. By the time the ambulance arrived a few minutes later he had regained consciousness..."

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The long message board discussion, mainly consisting of Midnight Ridazz organizers, continued to discuss and debate future rides, driver respect, newbies, safety and rules, or the lack thereof. Whatever happens, LAist fully endorses Midnight Ridazz as a one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy the streets of Los Angeles with your friends and thanks its organizers for what they do. If you don't trust our word, would you trust the five members of Councilman Eric Garcetti's office who joined in last Friday as well?

The next Midnight Ridazz is Friday, September 14th. If you plan to go, you might want to buy a helmet.

The following photos were taken by LAist Featured Photos contributor, Eric G. of