Someone to Know: The Entitled Cyclist

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2023-05-30 17:02:31  • 6 mins

Hes trying to show that it really is possible to get out of your car, even in Los Angeles.

Traffic jams might be the worst part of the day to many of you. Today, I want to introduce you to Tom Morash, an Angeleno who got tired of sitting in his car and decided to grab a bike instead.

Now Morash, also known as the Entitled Cyclist, is on a mission to show that biking can be possible, even pleasant, in places that seem to be designed only for cars.

The name is his ironic response to that small group of angry drivers who complain that bikes are taking over the roads. He uses Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to document his daily adventures. I wanted to talk to him because, like many of you, he lives in a city where public transportation is often inadequate.

For a long time, he felt that cars were his only means to get around. His journey away from car dependence is full of lessons.

Morash is a 41-year-old lighting programmer who works in the film and TV industry in Los Angeles, where he has lived for some 16 years. When he first arrived, he used to take his car everywhere, like most Angelenos. But the citys traffic jams soon crushed any desire to drive.

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