Lucas Brunelle

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Lucas Brunelle
Lucas Brunelle
Lucas Brunelle with helmet cameras
Born (1971-08-03)August 3, 1971
Boston
Nationality American
Occupation Bicycle videographer

Lucas Brunelle is an American videographer of bicycle stunts & races. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Early life and bicycling[edit]

Lucas Brunelle was raised on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts where he claims he attended Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. He began his bicycle career riding BMX bikes at 15 years old.

From 1990 he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he continued to race. He graduated in 1996 with a degree.[citation needed]

During his short career as an adult he raced for Mass Bay Road Club, UMASS Amherst, and Cannondale Jiffy Lube.[citation needed]

While he never couriered for a company, he had his own small business and did message for his clients.[1][2]

Videography and advocacy[edit]

Brunelle's videos have been featured in the Bicycle Film Festival,[3][4] the International Cycling Film Festival and are made available online. Many bicycle forums regularly link to his newest films.

Brunelle has participated in several Critical Mass events in the Boston area. Some of the stunts he has been involved in include a bicycle drawn carriage for a wedding[5] and parading a live band through the streets of downtown on a 1000 lb bicycle supported stage.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Lucas Brunelle riding a bike on the Great Wall of China

Brunelle is known for his dangerous riding style, which has led to some tension with most other riders, professional couriers, and with authorities. Statements he has made to the press and his disregard for traffic laws have caused backlash from cyclists including some cycling advocacy groups, and most couriers.[citation needed]

In November 2014, Brunelle was involved in a traffic accident on Tremont Street near Boston Common. Disregarding traffic signals, he struck a pedestrian causing injury. He was further involved in an altercation with a taxi driver who attacked Brunelle for hailing him down immediately following the incident with the pedestrian.[7]

Safety[edit]

The door zone in Boston is sometimes called the "Lucas Lane" because of Brunelle's habit of riding in this dangerous area.[8] Another "Lucas Lane" is the surface of the frozen Charles River, which he sometimes rides using special tires.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodland, Rosee (30 July 2007). "Interview: Lucas Brunelle - street racer, film maker". BikeRadar. 
  2. ^ Interview With a Daredevil, Bicycling magazine
  3. ^ Beifuss, John (May 29, 2009), Film festival a 'happening' for bicycle movement, retrieved June 14, 2010 
  4. ^ BikeRadar (October 11, 2007), Bicycle Film Festival in London Oct. 17-21, retrieved June 14, 2010 
  5. ^ Palmer, Elaine (Winter 2002), "Bill Reyelt's Wedding" (PDF), Mass Cyclist, retrieved June 14, 2010 
  6. ^ Diaz, Johnny (August 4, 2002), "Wheel Fun or a Wheel Pain", The Boston Globe, retrieved June 14, 2010 
  7. ^ Schworm, Peter. "Globe Staff". Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Krcmar, Stephen (August 14, 2003), "Life in the Lucas Lane", The Boston Globe, retrieved June 14, 2010 
  9. ^ Storrs, Francis (January 27, 2009), "Exhibit B: The Ice Cyclist", Boston Magazine, retrieved June 15, 2010