Omari Fuller, who goes to grad school at UCLA, is in a unique long-distance relationship. His girlfriend, Aileen Chang, lives in Oakland, and when she comes to visit, she brings her own wheels—her own two wheels. So when Chang leaves Fuller this weekend to go back to Oakland, she'll be riding her bike to the airport.
Chang has a folding bike that fits in a suitcase that attaches to her bike as a trailer. In theory, she should be able to ride her bike right up to the terminal at LAX, pack up her bike, and board a plane for Northern California. But as anyone who lives in L.A. knows, the streets around one of the country's biggest airports are about as bike-unfriendly as they come. We're talking seven-lane side streets with no shoulder to be found.