A Ride to the Emmys

Television writer and producer Tom Smuts is changing the way Hollywood views transportation by cycling to the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Writer and Producer Tom Smuts with Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Photo by Mick Victor

Writer and Producer Tom Smuts with Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Photo by Mick Victor

Television writer and producer Tom Smuts, along with friends and colleagues, will ride to the Emmy Awards again this September. Known most recently for his work on Mad Men, and now as a writer and co-executive producer on the show Bosch, Smuts fascinated media outlets and journalists who don’t usually cover bicycle stories by riding to the 2014 awards ceremony along with 22 guests. Smuts was even featured on the covers of both the Los Angeles Times entertainment section and the Post Gazette in Pittsburgh, PA.

Emmy Statuette

Photo by © ATAS/NATAS

Similar to last year, Smuts will be working with the television academies that host the Emmys, the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and AEG which owns and runs the theater. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will again help Smuts select the best route from his home in Santa Monica to the event location in downtown Los Angeles.

New for this year’s second annual event, participants will be allowed to ride right up onto the red carpet and enter the Microsoft Theater – even if they’re not attending the Emmys ceremony. Bike valet will be provided too.

“Los Angeles has long been known as the center of the film and television industry, as well as a car-centric place, but this bike ride to the Emmys is broadcasting to the world that Los Angeles can be a bicycling city,” said Tamika Butler, the Executive Director of the LACBC. “We’re using L.A.’s cultural leadership in film and television to again reshape the world’s idea of transportation. You can bike anywhere in L.A. – including to television’s biggest and fanciest awards show – and by bringing some friends along for the ride, you have the best Emmys pre-party in town.”

The Emmy ride takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

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