Plying the P.E. Trail: Bisecting L.A.’s Edge
Plying the P.E. Trail: Bisecting L.A.’s Edge, was a bicycle tour lead by reluctant urbanist and ecological ethicist Claude Willey along the Pacific Electric Inland Trail on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Furthering the connections between the city and metaphor by explored in the Site as Symbol exhibition, Claude Willey lead a bicycle ride along the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail from the Montclair Transportation Center, at the border of Los Angeles/San Bernardino County, through Ontario, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana. Participants rode on a path once covered by the tracks of the Pacific Electric, which was part of an extensive trolley network connecting the tiny agricultural towns that would one day become key nodes in a vast urban conurbation. During the rolling excursion, riders explored the ‘edge’ of Los Angeles and the back sides of strip development, historic homes, and the varied barriers that keep us from getting too close.