Aimee

View from a bike seat

Los Angeles, City of Angels. And Hollywood, tourist-packed boardwalks, endless gridlocked traffic and descending layers of smog. To the average outsider, sure, that sounds about right. But what if you took a closer look? Los Angeles has its share of surface-level stereotypes, but it’s also a city so dynamic, so surprisingly wild, that if you’re driving its streets, you just might miss the best it has to offer.

That’s New Belgium co-worker Aimee’s quest: To explore Los Angeles’ vast network of hidden gems by bike—from the overlooked staircase that leads to a dramatic view of the city to gritty, graffiti-tagged neighborhoods to the endless natural areas in the surrounding San Gabriel mountains. All while soaking in the myriad cultures that fluidly pass block by block.

“From a bike seat you can see all the subtle things. All the hidden layers. You can almost just see years of the city piled up.”

Aimee moved to Los Angeles 11 years ago as a transplant from Boston, determined to explore on a bike seat a vast city built for cars. More than a decade later, she’s the founder of the L.A. Explorers Club, a group of local cyclists with a similar thirst for discovering the overlooked, colorful treasures of the city: places tourists would never venture, nor your average local.

View the gallery to see scenes from her Highland Park neighborhood.


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