July News

C.I.C.L.E. Went Au Natural in June

Last month, C.I.C.L.E. pealed away L.A.’s big city image and found some good nature at its heart. Forty riders joined us to pedal along the rippling Arroyo Seco.  Our first stop was at the Audubon Center at Debs Park.  We got to experience walking trails, animals, and native plants all happening five miles from downtown.  Afterward, we rode over to the flourishing Milagro Allegro Community garden.  We learned how members of the community grow bounties of food in a parking lot behind the historic Highland Theater.  It was nice to see nature growing between the concrete in the city.  Check out Patch’s media coverage of the ride.

Are You Ready to Lead?

Urban Expeditions, our monthly ride program, is taking a little vacation during July.  It’ll be back in August when C.I.C.L.E. partners with the Santa Monica Museum of Art for the 3rd annual “Tour da Arts” on Aug. 21st.  This ride includes cultural stops around Santa Monica so riders can experience a day full of art and music.  Last year there were about 300 participants and we’re expecting even more this year!  Read More.

Are you interested in joining our ride leading team?  We’re training new volunteers.  Contact us to learn more.

Cultivating New Bike Ridin’ Neighborhoods

As part of our effort to increase bicycle use in L.A. County, C.I.C.L.E. is incubating local rides in areas where many cyclists ride the sidewalks and cars rule the streets.  We’re currently collaborating with organizations in South L.A. and Azusa to train Ride Leaders and encourage recurring rides.  The goal of our program is to develop community leaders, foster greater acceptance of bicycles, and teach street-safety skills.  Learn more about the program and community ride schedule.

New Look, Fewer Calories

You’ve probably noticed our upgraded design.  If you haven’t checked out the new site, take a look!  We have some new features that we hope will be a great resource for you and your friends.  You may enjoy our pages on finding a route, buying a bike, and our new forum.  Our site is still a work in progress, so if you have suggestions for things you would like to see, contact us.  We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks to Hilary from Codebloo Design for her work on the redesign.  We’d also like to thank New Belgium Brewing– their support helped make it happen.

Federal Funding for Biking & Walking Under Attack

Key Congressional leaders are attacking Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails by taking steps to cut off dedicated federal funding for bicycling and walking.

There’s still hope, we have limited time to influence the next federal transportation bill.  Both the House and the Senate are currently working on long-term transportation bills.  If you are concerned about federal funding for biking and walking, we urge you to contact your member of congress.  You can learn more and contact your member of congress through the League of American Bicyclists’ website.