The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time
From 2009–2019, The Passage ride explored far-flung areas of Los Angeles on bike.
Departing from Koreatown’s California Donuts #21, each Wednesday night
we set out on a unique route based around a different theme. Sometimes
historical, sometimes conceptual, often nonsensical, sometimes a game,
our routes aimed to give participants a balance between seeing new
things and seeing old things anew. Convinced that bicycle infrastructure
encompasses much more than bike lanes and river paths, we climbed
hills, wandered off-road, and ventured underground to manifest
unexpected connections between otherwise disconnected places.
Much more than exercise or sociability (though it could also be those things), at its heart The Passage was about encountering the city with a spirit of discovery and wonder. Labyrinthine routes, inconvenient terrain, and variable thematic structuring served to defamiliarize our surroundings, forcing moments of disorientation and reorientation. Each week was something of an experiment, another thesis about the city put to its test — not to provide answers, like tour guides, but to open up ever more avenues for questioning.