Stylin’ Bicycle Trailers Pull into Echo Park(ing)

[[image:parking_front.jpg::inline:1]]“Does it really carry 200 lbs?” a female visitor to Oasis Trailer Park(ing) inquired as she ran her hands along the smooth, wood sides of the mini-mini Teardrop bicycle trailer.

Published September 22, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.

[[image:parking_article1wtmk.jpg::inline:1]]“Does it really carry 200 lbs?” a female visitor to Oasis Trailer Park(ing) inquired as she ran her hands along the smooth, wood sides of the mini-mini Teardrop bicycle trailer.

She peered inside its luxurious interior space and then drew back to listen attentively to the Trailer Park(ing) attendant. “Not only can the trailer haul up to two hundred pounds, but its counterpart, made of lightweight bamboo, can too.” But the visitor clearly had her eyes fixed on the polished glamour of the fully enclosed and lockable trailer unit.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Oasis Trailer Park(ing), part of the greater Park(ing) Day LA effort, opened to the public this past Friday at a metered parking spot in Echo Park. Hurried passers-by gave a sideways glance as they whisked past the trailer park(ing) on their way to the cafe and shops nearby. Some, out of curiosity, stopped to read the posted sign to find out what was going on.

Just the next park(ing) space over, our friends at Echo Park Film Center hosted an outdoor movie theater that screened old Laurel and Hardy films, and some fantastic vintage automobile commercials to anyone who cared to make themselves comfortable under the shade of the portable awning and the oh-so-comfy movie theater seats. This mellow interior setting provided a nice contrast to the perky and synthetic green space that the Oasis Trailer Park(ing) featured just the next meter over.

[[image:parking_article3wtmk.jpg::inline:1]]The Oasis Trailer Park(ing) temporarily transformed a public space, normally devoted to the car, into a place where people could learn about the wonderful cargo-carrying capabilities of non-motorized transport. This was yet another way to engage the would-be bicycle commuter, and inspire her/him to re-envision their transportation needs in a fun and creative way. After all, these ain’t your momma’s trailers.

C.I.C.L.E. sought out the assistance of graphic artist, Eric Cushing, to re-cycle and re-imagine a dusty child’s trailer. No longer recognizable as a “Burley-style” trailer, he seamlessly incorporated opposing elements into one subtly-outrageous design. Almost gaudy, yet suffused with a modernistic simplicity, the trailer exhibited a tacky lowbrow meets snobby modernista flair.

The slick retro stylings of a mock Teardrop Trailer, complete with a carpeted interior, was built by Liz Elliott Co-Director of C.I.C.L.E. This trailer’s load bearing capacity is rated at 200 lbs, as is the Bamboo Trailer that she fashioned together last year. Liz is always on the lookout for trailers that haul and inspire, and this time she exceeded her own expectations.

[[image:parking_article2wtmk.jpg::inline:1]]C.I.C.L.E. wants to thank Livable Places for organizing this event that inspired over 40 Park(ing) spaces throughout the LA area. Another BIG thanks goes out to all our volunteers for making the Oasis Trailer Park(ing) a pleasant place to camp out, even if it was just for a couple of hours.

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