#238 Awesome Foundation Project Filming Part 3

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Tonight was another Critical Mass. This time, the Halloween edition. I thought it would be a great place to get some cool footage, talk to people and give away some bike helmets. I asked Tim if he was available to help film. I wouldn’t be able to carry all the equipment and the helmets to the Critical Mass start point which was located in a busy congested area of LA.

But Tim was working until 6pm and the ride started at 7:30pm. Given the variables of LA traffic, I wasn’t counting on him making it in time before the riders left. But I figured I could still get some interviews and some cool footage.

The last time I rode Critical Mass, I found out that most of the participants are pretty young. They are a part of the whole fixie subculture that has cropped up. Some bikers rag on the fixie riders but I don’t really care. As long as people are riding bikes.

Unfortunately, this subculture is definitely not into bike helmets. I knew that being a guy doing interview about bike helmet safety, I’d probably be seen as a dork or square by the youngins. To be honest, teenagers give me the heebeejeebies. I never got along with teenagers even when I was one. Most of them have this casual arrogance that I never had. I wasn’t too thrilled to be doing these interviews. So I brought along some bags of candy to honor the Halloween themed ride but mainly to bribe the kids so they wouldn’t call me names. Yes, I understand that a 36 year old handing out candy to minors might be Chris Hansen bait but I needed all the help I could get.

The interviews ended up going well. The kids didn’t call me names or pelt me with rocks like in junior high (kidding… about the rocks anyway). The candy went over well. I realized that I haven’t had any contact with this generation at all really. Well, except for my friend’s son who is 16 but he acts more mature than me anyway. I guess kids are always the same, no matter what time period it is. The specifics of what they’re interested in is different, but not the way they act.

Not surprisingly, most of them hated bike helmets but at the same time knew they could prevent injury. But nobody thinks it will happen to them. That’s a sentiment still shared by a lot of the adults I’ve interviewed as well.

Unfortunately Tim didn’t show up in time (through no fault of his own) and we couldn’t figure out where to catch up with the riders. But I got some interesting interviews and footage that I’ll be able to use.

Here are some screenshots from the footage I took below.

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