Eyes on the Street: Mad Men Writer Tom Smuts Bicycles to the Emmys

It is already all over the web: youtube, L.A. Times, NBCU.S. News and World Report, The Hollywood ReporterPittsburgh Post-Gazette… oh my… did the Post-Gazette scoop Streetsblog? Again?

Streetsblog L.A. was there, so we present this photo essay on Mad Men’s producer-writer Tom Smuts’ bike ride to the Emmy Awards. Smuts stated that he rode “to raise awareness of bicycle commuters” and “to support more bike lanes and better bike lanes.” He actually rides pretty fast.

Unfortunately Mad Men did not receive any of this season’s Emmy Awards. No word, though, on whether Smuts’ controversial new Mad Men made-for-TV-movie (rumored to be about Don Draper returning to Los Angeles to retire and establish a livable streets advocacy organization) has been green-lighted yet.

Tom Smuts and entourage barrel over the sharrows on 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Tom Smuts and entourage barrel over the sharrows on 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Tom Smuts (left, blue helmet) waits for traffic at Vermont Avenue.
Tom Smuts (left, blue helmet) waits for traffic at Vermont Avenue.

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Emmy nominee Tom Smuts heading east on the 7th Street bike lanes
Tom Smuts fashionable riding attire: Rapha bike jeans uprolled, and pirate shoes
Tom Smuts fashionable everyday bicycling attire: one-cuff-rolled Rapha bike jeans and pirate shoes
Tom Smuts and entourage in front of L.A. Live. Security, for some reason, wouldn't let SBLA bicycle on to the actual Emmy Awards red carpet. We're not sure why.
Tom Smuts and entourage in front of L.A. Live. Security, for some reason, wouldn’t let SBLA bicycle on to the actual Emmy Awards red carpet. We’re not sure why.

Kudos to the talented Mr. Smuts, and all the other folks involved: L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, Tern Bicycles, L.A. Bike Trains, and even Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative. If Tom Smuts can do it, so can you.

In other celebrity transportation news, late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel took the subway to the Emmys.

  • jennix

    Totally do-able! I would’ve taken 4th->Virgil->Wilshire->Hoover->7th, but that’s just ’cause 6th is a speedway.

  • Alex Brideau III

    What? No actual Kimmel-on-Metro article? Just a one-sentence mention? Or was Streetsblog invited to one but not the other?

  • tony365

    yeah fourth is pretty a pretty good one crossing town

  • User_1

    Props for taking the bikes there!!! Was gona give a big up for the foldies but it looks like they were just supplied for this ride.

    +1 for Mr. Kimmel too!