4
| Sports |

Watch Local BMX Biker Mat Olson Ride the Arches on Fort Worth's New 7th Street Bridge

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Fort Worth's new "signature" West 7th Street Bridge

may lack the flash

of Dallas' Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, but the pavement is perfectly serviceable for driving over and, as the

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

's video from this weekend shows, the concrete arches are perfectly sized for bicycles.

The rider in the video is Mat Olson, a pro BMX rider who splits his time between Arizona and Fort Worth. He spent his time post-stunt regaling local news crews with accounts of his feat ("The scariest part was pedaling up it. If you start slowing down you get the tip factor and you don't have much room to fall there.") and the 13 concussions, three knee surgeries, ruptured spleen, and seven sets of replacement front teeth the 25-year-old has suffered in his career.

See also: Sorry, Fort Worth, But Your New "Signature" Bridge Is Pathetic

Kudos to Olson for hitting the arches first, but we're withholding our praise until he conquers the Large Marge and its pretty-much-vertical 400-foot arch.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.