April 2014 News

L.A. Union Station 75th Anniversary Street Mural Ride

aprilmuralrideC.I.C.L.E., with the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), will lead a curated bicycle tour of street murals in L.A.

Combine creativity and pedal-powered movement to celebrate Union Station’s 75th Anniversary and National Train Day with a unique art tour, on two wheels!

On Saturday, May 3, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Street Mural Ride.” The 75th Anniversary Bike Ride will start and end at Union Station. The ride will be approximately 6 miles and will loop through neighboring artist communities surrounding Union Station. The ride will have stops, including curated mural tours at the downtown Arts District and El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

RSVP here for FREE!

Participants will hear from experts about how the work of artists helps build community and a sense of place as well as preserves the history of the city. Bike valet will be provided at Union Station, courtesy of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Ride participants are encouraged to park their bicycles for FREE and partake in the Union Station 75th Anniversary and National Train Day festivities prior to the ride.

Following the ride there will be an optional dining opportunity at 643 North. Through a Metro Destination Discount partnership, ride participants will receive a 10% discount off food. The restaurant is within walking and biking distance to Union Station.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: Meet at 11 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. and return by 1:30pm.

Where: Los Angeles Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90012. Photo to the right shows the location of the ride departure, which is close to the intersection of Alameda Street and Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Accessible by: Metro rail Red, Purple and Gold Lines, Amtrak and Metrolink trains, and Metro Silver Line, Metro buses 33, 40, 68, 70, 71, 78, 79, 378, 442, 485, 487, 704, 728, 733, 745, 770, Big Blue Bus 10, Torrance Transit 4, and LADOT Dash D

RSVP Required: Tickets are FREE. Please RSVP here.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

About the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles: In 1987, a coalition of artists, public art advocates, city and state officials, and restoration specialists came together to establish the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Its mission today is the same as it was then: to restore, preserve, and document the murals of Los Angeles. In its role as public art advocate, MCLA works to protect the legal rights of artists and the community to prevent the loss of significant works of public art. MCLA is committed to preserving the artists’ heritage of Los Angeles as one of the mural capitals of the world.

Recap: ArtNight Pasadena, by Bike!

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A sea of cyclists joined C.I.C.L.E. during ArtNight Pasadena to explore the evening’s most vibrant exhibits, by bike! We had a blast with everyone and loved zipping by traffic and bypassing parking conundrums.

The group stopped at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Side Street Projects, and the Armory Center for the Arts. Each stop had unique exhibits, including a very pertinent music-making bicycle wheel exhibit at Side Street Projects! Thanks to everyone who joined. Every bicyclist on the road made it safer for the group (and helped us light up Pasadena!).

A huge thanks to Pasadena Department of Transportation who sponsored the ride! Also, high fives and smiles to all of our superstar Ride Leaders and Paparazzi volunteers!  Our volunteers are true leaders and we appreciate the time and energy they put into making events happen! If you’re interested in joining our wonderful volunteer family, please let us know what skills you’d like to share with us here! All skill levels and experiences are welcome!

Ciclavia Snapshot Fundraiser

snapshotSupport C.I.C.L.E. by giving the New Belgium Snapshot Photo Hunt a whirl at CicLAvia on Sunday! Scoop up a clue sheet (at one of 5 different locations!), solve the riddles, snap photos, tag photos and enjoy the day! For every clue sheet participants fill out, New Belgium will donate $5 to C.I.C.L.E. and LACBC (and you’ll be entered to win rad prizes, like a brand new Bicycle Cruiser!)

Explore historic Wilshire Blvd and learn new facts about your city. Free to play! Invite your friends!

Pick up or turn in a clue sheet at the following venues along the route:

• Dublins Irish Pub (815 W. 7th St.)

• Caffe Primo (612 S. Flower St.)

• Beer Belly (532 S. Western Ave.)

• Busby’s East (5364 Wilshire Blvd.)

• The Rivalry Sports Bar and Grill (611 Wilshire Blvd.).

 

Spotlight: One of CICLE’s All-Star Volunteers shares their story!

We asked one of our volunteers, Johnny,aprilvolunteer a volunteer All-Star, to discuss the role bicycles have played in his life, his inspiration to be a Ride Leader and what volunteering with CICLE means to him.

CICLE: How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

Johnny (age 37): Traveling on a bicycle has brought joy to my life as I’ve met so many incredible people on bike rides. Bicycling has allowed me to see this great city of ours in a whole new perspective.

CICLE: What is your favorite place to ride to?

Johnny: I love riding in general. I am trying to take more bicycle touring trips and love to ride down the coast of California. It is so beautiful and breathtaking. My favorite stretch is between Santa Cruz to Cambria. I am planning on a future trip across the country.

CICLE: What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

Johnny: I participated in the ArtNight Ride two years ago and remembered how much fun I had. The ride leaders were awesome! I wanted to help out this year and decided to look for bicycle related volunteering opportunities. CICLE’s mission and events are top notch so being a Ride Leader was an honor.

CICLE: What has Ride Leading done for you?

Johnny: Ride Leading has allowed me to help fellow cyclists and non-cyclists be aware of bicycles on the road. I’ve had such a good time making sure our group goes to and from our destination safely. I take my job seriously and make sure people are not lost or left behind.

CICLE: What advice do you have for newer riders?

Johnny: I would recommend that newer riders be more patient. Don’t panic if you lose the group ahead of you. That is what Ride Leaders are for as they will have the directions and will connect you back with our group. Also, don’t ride on the sidewalk!

CICLE: What can you share to inspire more folks to become Ride Leaders and support CICLE and the bicycle community?

Johnny: If you want to meet a really great group of people and learn more about our city, join CICLE and become a Ride Leader. Getting more people out of their cars and on their bicycles will only help benefit our society as a whole.

Read more about Jonny’s bicycle adventures at Milestonerides.com

Thank you so much Johnny! We hope Johnny’s journey inspires you to explore the streets on two wheels, join us on a group ride or join our incredible volunteer team!

May brings Bike Week Pasadena & Bike Week LA

 

Old Roots, New Routes: The Temple City Ride!

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On Saturday, May 10, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with the Eastside Bike Club, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Old Roots, New Routes Ride!” As part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO) celebration, participants will explore Temple City’s past, present and future by riding through Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks to explore it’s unique history. This ride will make one stop at Temple City Park for an open-air museum exhibit curated by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m. and will return by 12 p.m.

Where: Rosemead Boulevard, south of Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

Bike Week Pasadena, May 11-17!bwplogo

Bike Week Pasadena is just around the corner! Enjoy a full week of festivities for every age, on two wheels! Throughout Bike Week, C.I.C.L.E. will host a variety of bicycle rides and events, including a delicious bicycle tour of Pasadena’s tastiest dishes, an evening bike-in film screening, and a workshop and ride targeted specifically for women. Every event is fully supported by trained (and smiling!) staff and volunteers, aiming to build the Pasadena bicycling community by creating safe and enjoyable excursions to your favorite spots! Our exciting schedule of events will give you even more reasons to hop on two wheels and swap congestion and parking hassles for the ease and joy of a bicycle!

Barriers and Movement! Overcoming HURDLES and identifying the TOOLS to move along bicycle projects!

Angelenos are so close to getting brand new protected bikeways along My Figueroa! But, what’s the hold up? C.I.C.L.E. chatted with Eric Bruins from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to get a better grasp of what the major hurdles have been, and the most effective responses to these barriers. Here’s what we learned:

Bruins addressed the following issues as the largest HURDLES:

• Global opposition surrounding taking away traffic lanes for bicycles.

• Individual opposition from businesses that anticipate blocked driveways and decreased access to their property

• The challenge of identifying where majority opinion lies within a Council District regarding a project.

So what have been the greatest TOOLS to overcome these hurdles?

Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassadors! Through this program, members and volunteers play key roles to mobilize for local support for projects, like My Figueroa.

• Letters of Support! Letters of support from each of the four neighborhood councils surrounding the project have been essential to identify what community members’ interests are.

• Involvement of the Mayor! The Mayor created space by holding meetings for stakeholders to be heard and to address specific concerns.

And, what are the biggest TAKE AWAYS? According to Bruins:

• Get involved! Become a Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassador and mobilize locally!

• Respond to Action Alerts! Your responses matter and they count!

• Make changes into reality! Make the case for the importance of the project. Engage folks and facilitate the opportunity for people to feel heard and valued.

We appreciate Bruins’ insight and support with identifying these challenges and tools! To learn more about My Figueroa and share your support, visit the website and let your voice be heard!

Upcoming Classes:

aprilclasses1Learn to Ride for Adults:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza.

 

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the classroom, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Support C.I.C.L.E. & the LACBC by giving the New Belgium Snapshot Photo Hunt a whirl Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm

South LA Kids Bike Festival
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 11 am
Foshay Learning Center – 3751 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

Finish the Ride
Benefiting LACBC and Challenged Athletes
April 27th, 2014 at 6:30am
Start: 4810 Sunset Blvd (church parking lot)

C.I.C.L.E. Presents “The Street Mural Ride”, with the Mural Conservancy of LA
(Sponsored by Metro)
Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00 am
Union Station, Los Angeles

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, “Old Roots, New Routes: The Temple City Ride with Eastside Bike Club
(Sponsored by Metro)
Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 am
Rosemead Boulevard, south of Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

The 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena
May 11th – 17th
Pasadena, CA

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Benefiting LACBC
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Los Angeles & Long Beach, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Sign the California Bicycle Coalition’s petition to support California’s Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act, AB 2398. Too many Californians have been injured on our streets or are mourning the death of a loved one due to distracted or negligent motorists. Protecting Californians who ride bikes, walk, run, ride horses, scooter, skateboard, and work on our streets is vital to make California a better place to live.

Take a look at this Petition and consider supporting the Historic Figueroa-Riverside Bridge and Preserve it for future park use!

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

March 2014 News

ArtNight Pasadena, by Bike!

par1Join C.I.C.L.E. for the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride! Experience the evening through a creative excursion to the city’s most dynamic exhibits, on two wheels!

On Friday, March 14th, skip the congestion and daunting parking searches and roll through ArtNight Pasadena on your bike with C.I.C.L.E.! Explore Pasadena’s museums and exhibits, as well as the vibrant space in between, during an easy, breezy ride connecting Pasadena’s artistic gems.

ArtNight Pasadena is open to the public and offers free admission to a selection of art venues throughout the city. This community bicycle ride is generously sponsored by the Pasadena Department of Transportation. C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Side Street Projects and the Armory Center for the Arts. Pop in and out of each exhibit with ease and fuel your creative soul!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly and leisurely paced. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers who provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, March 14, 2014

Time: Meet at 6:30pm, the ride will depart promptly at 7pm.

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night lights. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit: http://www.artnightpasadena.org

About Pasadena Department of Transportation: The City Council recognizes the need to enhance transportation services in order to achieve Pasadena’s overall vision. In 2002, the City established a separate Department of Transportation in order to provide for increased policy oversight and effective program implementation.

Recap: Ride 4 Love: Explore the Changes in Watts, presented by the East Side Riders Bike Club (sponsored by Metro)

Approximately 200 bicyclists rode for love through r4l1Watts over Valentine’s Day weekend. The Ride 4 Love, an annual event presented by the East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz, was held on February 15th with extra helping hands and support from C.I.C.L.E. staff and volunteers and sponsorship through Metro.

Participants met at Watts Labor Community Action Committee where riders displayed an incredible range of unique and beautiful bikes throughout the lot. Before heading out, quick repairs were conducted, tires were inflated, bellies were filled and hearts with pinned with buttons of love! The ride explored community projects (such as the Mudtown Farms), housing developments, and the iconic and beloved Watts Towers. At the Towers, John Jones III, president of the East Side Riders, shared insight, history and information about the significant community spaces we passed.

We were excited to join and support this annual event! We had a blast and hope you did too!  A huge thank you to the amazing volunteer team who kept the ride sailing smoothly and safely! These volunteers are true leaders and we appreciate the time and energy they put into making events happen! If you’re interested in joining our wonderful volunteer family, please let us know what skills you’d like to share with us here!

ride4love1Route Map for the Ride 4 Love

Did you miss joining us on the day of the ride? Here is a great map to explore the route and the great stops on your own! Or, retrace your steps/pedals to relive it all over again!

 

 

Spotlight: One of Los Angeles’ Newest Bicyclists Shares Her Story!

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C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride class participants inspire us every month! We hope their stories inspire you or a friend to take the plunge to learn how to ride a bike!

Cathie joined our class and was zipping around on two wheels with the biggest smile imaginable by the end of class.  Her determination and energy were truly infectious. In her own words, here is her story:

How many times have you heard “It’s just like riding a bike” as you coil in terror that the person you are talking to sees the fear in your eyes that reveal you actually don’t know how to ride?  I’ve lived X amount of years not knowing how to ride and was perfectly okay with it until I started running half marathons and kept getting injured.  My doctor suggested I ride or swim to cross train as my foot injuries healed. The problem was that I didn’t know how to do either!  My childhood was full of fear of the unknown and I was never pushed to learn anything that scared me.  I tackled swim lessons last year and quickly picked it up. Somehow the fear of drowning was easier to overcome than the fear of being upright and pedaling into traffic or a light pole.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride but was scared and embarrassed to put on a helmet and to have friends teach me how to ride out in public where people could see me and judge me.  I work with an Ironman and triathletes so peer pressure to exercise is high in a healthy supportive way. I asked a few friends to help me learn to ride. One coworker felt pushing me on his bike at a high rate of speed down our office hallway was the best way – but I screamed in terror as I went hurling towards the kitchen.  A friend’s husband held me up on a beach cruiser in a busy alley – I can’t remember how many times the pedals kept hitting my legs as I hurled myself into anything and everything. My friends kept telling me to save my money and not get lessons.  My friends were trying to help but they were reinforcing my fears.  

I am SO glad I did a bit of research and discovered C.I.C.L.E.!  Signing up for a class is the best thing you can do if you want to learn.  Dan, Julia and Lynne were super supportive and patient and made it so FUN to learn!  I know most of my learning obstacles were in my head. The drills they taught helped kill my fears as I quickly gained confidence.  The structure of the class is great – they teach you in small groups and you are with other adults who don’t know how to ride.  Learning with people who are at the same level as you in a remote parking lot is the best environment for people who are scared to learn.  I squealed with glee when I was able to pedal down the parking lot. I never thought I would be able to learn in 2 hours when so many people have attempted to teach me throughout the years.  I highly recommend taking a Learn to Ride class with the C.I.C.L.E. team – they are miracle workers and pedal whisperers. I am so excited to cross this off my bucket list!

Upcoming Classes

trafficbasicsLearn to Ride for Adults:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014: 10am-12pm at Eagle Rock Plaza.
C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the classroom, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014: 11am- 1pm at Caltech Y.

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBDs)!

Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBDs) are comingbfbd to Los Angeles!

BFBDs aim to bring more bicycles to commercial areas by accommodating bicyclists’ needs through parking facilities, repair stations, pro-bicycle business practices, shopping incentives, community involvement and many other components. BFBD’s attract bicyclists (patrons and employees!) through discounts and benefits, convenience, support and an all-around easy breezy experience. We thought this would be the perfect time to dive a little deeper into what BFBDs are all about! We reached out to Elizabeth Gallardo, Assistant Bicycle Coordinator with LADOT for her input. The biggest question is… What drives a BFBD?

• A symbiotic relationship! BFBD’s support local residents and local residents support the local businesses. When residents and local businesses support and invest in one another, things roll smoothly.

• Convenience! Short trips are easy trips. It’s easier to do errands or grab a meal when it is close by in the neighborhood. And when it’s close by, going by bike is a great option, especially when there are bike racks or a bike corral waiting for you and your ride!

• Community participation! “The viability of success of BFBDs lies with the community itself,” says Elizabeth. “What we’re doing is to encourage folks to see a comprehensive vision of what is already offered for free, and this vision can be woven to create a different type of place.”

So, how can your community prepare to have a BFBD? Here are three things to do today!

1) Collaborate! There are many things that are already movin’ and shakin’ in the bike community. But, according to Elizabeth, collaboration is key. “Community rides, bike rentals, informal bike-sharing are already happening.” Elizabeth shared that connecting the people and the pieces together will allow folks to collaborate and build together, instead of in silos.

2) Engage! Encourage business owners to go to neighborhood council meetings and other community events and talk to Councilmembers about bicycle infrastructure.

3) Show up! Show your support for complete bicycle networks! Elizabeth says “the key component is having a complete bicycle network in order to be able to go from one business to another.” BFBDs are truly successful when your entire trip feels safe and supported, from start to finish.

BFBDs are snapshots of the ways entire cities could be designed. As BFBDs expand, so does the ease of moving within and engaging our communities.

Read more about LADOT’s Bike Friendly Business District!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, ArtNight Pasadena, By Bike!
Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Memorial Park, Pasadena

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm
Snapshot Fundraiser for C.I.C.L.E., sponsored by New Belgium Brewing! Enjoy a photo scavenger hunt by bike and support C.I.C.L.E.! Details to come.

South LA Kids Bike Festival
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 11 am
Foshay Learning Center – 3751 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, “Planes, Trains, Go West Ride,” with Walk Bike Glendale
Sponsored by Metro
Saturday, April 19th, 2014: at 10:30 am
Glendale, CA

C.I.C.L.E. Presents “The Street Mural Ride”, with the Mural Conservancy of LA
Sponsored by Metro
Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00 am
Union Station, Los Angeles

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, “Temple City Heritage Ride,” with Eastside Bike Club
(Sponsored by Metro)
Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 am
Temple City, CA

The 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena
May 12th – 17th
Pasadena, CA

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Benefiting LACBC
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Los Angeles & Long Beach, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:

Action Alert! The MyFigueroa project needs your support! Your voice is powerful, let it be heard today at an upcoming local meeting!

City of Los Angeles Public Hearings: Mobility Element and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles
Attend an upcoming workshop in your neighborhood and voice your support for the Bicycle-Enhanced Network.

Participate:

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

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February 2014 News

The East Side Riders Bike Club presents: Ride 4 Love, Explore the Changes in Watts (with CICLE, sponsored by Metro)

 

Ride4loveOn Saturday, February 15, through a sponsorship by Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club, with C.I.C.L.E., invite you on a community bicycle ride to explore the changes in Watts on the “Ride 4 Love.” This expedition, open to all cyclists, will make three stops including visiting Watts community projects (such as the Mudtown Farms, a future community garden site), housing developments, and the iconic and beloved Watts Towers. At each stop, participants will explore the deep history within the area and the community-led changes that are rolling out.

This ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. This ride is fully supported and led by trained East Side Riders Ride Leaders and first responders, as well as CICLE volunteers. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m.

Where: Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Accessible by Metro Buses and Trains: 53, 55, 117, 120, 202, 355, Dash Watts, Blue Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station, Green Line Avalon Station
 
What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Recap: Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco, Sponsored by Metro!

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On Saturday, January 18, over 300 dapper and distinguished ladies and gentlemen strolled the streets of Highland Park and the historic Arroyo Seco during  the “Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” bicycle ride. The ride, sponsored by Metro, was led by CICLE and the Bike Oven. Participants came out in full force in tweed garb with perfectly matching bicycles, hats, and so much more. We made three stops along the way to explore historic gems throughout Highland Park including Judson Studios, the Lummis Home, and the beautiful (and air-conditioned!) Audubon Center at Debs Park.

This annual ride is such a treasure and we appreciate everyone who came out (near and far!) and contributed to the energy and excitement of the ride.

A huge thank you to our incredible volunteer team who kept the ride sailing smoothly and safely! These volunteers are true leaders and we appreciate the time and energy they put into making these events happen! If you’re interested in joining our wonderful volunteer family, please let us know what skills you’d like to share with us!

tweedmapRoute Map for the Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco

Did you miss joining us on the day of the ride? Here is a great map to explore the route and the great stops on your own! Or, retrace your steps/pedals to relive it all over again!

 

Spotlight: CICLE All-Star Volunteer shares her story!

 

Kacey is CICLE’s Ride Leader of the Month for February!  kacey1She is an all-star at encouraging people to ride bikes and a wonderful asset to the larger LA bicycle community.  We’re thrilled to honor Kacey and discuss with her the role bicycles have played in her life, her inspiration to ride and what volunteering with CICLE means to her.

CICLE: How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

Kacey (age 30): After going nowhere near a bicycle in almost 20 years, I took the leap to sell my car and switch to a bicycle as my main form of transportation. That was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I, of course, love the feeling of the wind in my face, but cycling has transformed my life. I am healthier and more fit than I have ever been. That alone brings joy to my life.

CICLE: What is your favorite place to ride to?

Kacey: I love exploring new routes and lately I have found it incredibly enjoyable and rewarding to ride my bike up to the Griffith Park Observatory. The view is incredible and when I reach the top I have this amazing sense of accomplishment. When I first started riding again I would shudder at a speed bump, now it’s like “Hey, I climbed that? I rock.”

CICLE: What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

Kacey: I love leading the CICLE rides because I truly love spending time with people I have come to know as not just colleagues, but friends. It’s also a fabulous excuse to ride to places I’ve never thought to ride before. Not to mention, riding with such large groups is always exhilarating.

CICLE: What has Ride Leading done for you?

Kacey: Being a ride leader is the most rewarding thing I do with my time. Whether it’s leading rides or something else, nothing compares to the feeling of volunteering your time and energy to something you are passionate about.

CICLE: What advice do you have for newer riders?

Kacey: Don’t think you need to be or dress like a pro. One day you may want to, or not. The great thing about riding a bike is setting your own pace, and the most important thing is enjoying the ride safely. If you’re planning on hitting the streets, take the time to learn how to do so safely.

CICLE: What can you share to inspire more folks to become Ride Leaders and support CICLE and the bicycle community?

Kacey: Even if you don’t think you will make a good ride leader, do it. I had no idea that my abilities would grow and that I would become an even stronger cyclist when I began. Leading rides with CICLE is a great way to give back and to be part of the strength in the growing Los Angeles cycling community.

Thank you so much Kacey!  We hope Kacey’s journey inspires you to explore the streets on two wheels, join us on a group ride or join our incredible volunteer team!

Upcoming Classes:

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Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online registration is available! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Sunday, February 10th, 2014: 11:30am – 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the classroom, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for a short ride that will put what you learned into practice.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y.

Bicycle Lifestyle Tips! Dating by Bike, Part II: The Benefits of a Bicycle…On a Date!

Bikes are great for commuting, exercise, errands… and love! Check out the benefits of taking your date out by bike, inspired by CICLE’s famous Benefits of a Bicycle t-shirt! Have a happy, endorphin-filled, two-wheeled adventure!

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What else is great about bikes on a date? Locks of love! Let your bikes connect too!

1. One mini U-Lock and two bikes! Lock your bikes together with one lock to intertwine your love in even more ways. If you have one small U-lock and one pole, put the rear triangle of one bike up against the pole and the rear triangle of the other bike against the pole in the opposite direction (on the other side). Put the U-lock through the rear triangles of each bike and around the pole, and you’re set!

2. One large U-lock, a cable, and two bikes! Lean your bikes up against a pole or bike rack so they lean on one another, sandwiching the pole. Lock the frames together and weave the cable through the wheels for extra security.

3. Two locks are better than one! A U-lock and a cable go a long way to securing your rides. Be sure the frame is secure, as are the wheels.

4. Be secure! Be sure you lock up to something sturdy, permanent and secure! If it can be removed, wobbles, you can lift your bike (and your lock up and off of it) or seems otherwise precarious, pick another spot.

See Dating on Bikes Part I.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

The Eastside Riders BC presents: The Ride 4 Love, Explore the Changes of Watts
Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Los Angeles Bicycle Commuter Festival and Summit
Sunday, February 16th
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

CICLE’s ArtNight Pasadena Ride
Friday March 14, 6:30pm
Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street)

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Benefiting LACBC
Sunday, June 22nd
Autry Center in Griffith Park

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Tell your member of Congress to support Bike Equity with H.R. 3978! The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014 (NOBPIFA) will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for all users. The financing is through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions of dollars towards low-income communities.

Join us at the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC)! PasCSC is a coalition of nonprofit groups, community stakeholders, individuals and residents who have joined together to improve the city’s mobility plan.  Public meetings are held the 1st Monday of every month at 6:30pm.

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with CICLE and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

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January 2014 News

Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco, Sponsored by Metro!

tweedrideposterLadies and gents, dress in your finest and roll through history with dashing, distinguished, and dapper bicyclists during C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride!

On Saturday, January 18, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), and the Bike Oven will lead a community bicycle ride, “Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” around the historic Arroyo Seco, traversing the watershed, bike path and local streets. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will make three stops including Judson Studios, housing and creating hand crafted stained and unique forms of architectural glass since the 1800s; the Lummis Home, a 19th century landmark on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco; and the Audubon Center at Debs Park, an environmental education and conservation center nestled away in Los Angeles’ fourth largest park.  Participants will explore the deep history at each stop as well as each location’s intricate connection to the community.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Highland Park Gold Line Station, 203 N. Avenue 58, Los Angeles CA 90042
Accessible by Metro Gold Line; Metro Buses 81, 83, 256, and Dash Highland Park/Eagle Rock

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Tweed Ride After-Gathering!

After the Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride nhtweed1returns to the starting point (Highland Park Gold Line Station), participants are welcome to join C.I.C.L.E. at The Hermosillo for New Begium brews, food and a chance to win a limited edition New Belgium Cruiser raffle.

Also at the after-gathering, prizes will be awarded for best dressed, best mustache and best hat!  Dress to impress!

What to bring: Bring a bike lock, an appetite and money (optional) for food, drink, and our raffle.  Please bring cash if you’d like to purchase raffle tickets for the limited edition New Belgium Brewing Cruiser!

One Mile at a Time: A Learn to Ride Class Participant shares their Story

ltr7Our Learn to Ride class participants inspire us every month! We hope their stories inspire you or a friend to take the plunge to learn how to ride a bike!

Gretell, 29, joined C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride class hoping to get rollin’ on two wheels!  The fear of not being able to stop and the fear of crashing into something were the biggest obstacles for her to ride a bicycle in the past.  After joining CICLE’s Learn to Ride class and successfully learning to ride, she shared a bit about her experience with the class.

The class uses a series of exercises to support new riders and Gretell shared that she felt that all of the exercises prior to actually riding helped her and the rest of the class build confidence. Once Gretell learned to ride, she shared that she felt a great sense of accomplishment.  She said, “It takes a lot of courage to try to learn as an adult the things the most kids already know how to do. After learning how to ride a bike at 29 years old, I believe that age is irrelevant when it comes to success. I wish more adults get inspired to learn how to ride a bike because more than just allowing them to go places, it will make them free from their own fears.”

To break through your obstacles (or to fulfill one of your new year’s resolutions), consider signing up for the next Learn to Ride class! Each participant has a unique history and unique needs and we strive to cater to each.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn To Ride for Adults
Sunday, Jan. 12th, 2014 at 9am

Learn To Ride for Adults
Sunday Feb. 09th, 2014 at 9am

Bicycle INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Intersection Crossing Markings

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What are intersection crossing markings and what are the benefits?

• Painted bike lanes usually stop at the crosswalk and continue on the other side of the intersection.  With intersection crossing makings, bicyclists are guided through the intersection in a straight and direct path.

• Bike lanes that are continued into the intersection reinforce that through bicyclists have priority over turning vehicles or vehicles entering the roadway.

•Intersection crossing markings reduce conflicts between bicyclists and motorists in the intersection since there is no doubt that bicycles are allowed to use the street space.

• Sometimes extra guidance is needed! In this case, bike lanes continue through the intersection to guide bicyclists and make their movement more predictable to motorists.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Caltrans Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, January 17th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco
Saturday, January 18th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

Breaking Away Movie Screening & Operation Firefly Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 12th, 2013
Laemmle NoHo 7 – 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601

Ride For Love: Explore the Changes of Watts
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10950 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, 90059

The Way Back When Ride: La Puente
Saturday, March 15, 2014
La Puente, CA

YoCycle – Yoga and a bicycle ride!
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm
Meet at the Valley Bikery, 14416 Victory Blvd. Suite #104 Van Nuys, CA 91401

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:
Sign the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s petition to Urge Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to L.A.

Help make Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills safer for bicycles, pedestrians and all road users.  Provide input on the Santa Monica Blvd. reconstruction.

Participate:
Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

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December 2013 News

SAVE THE DATE! 3 Great Upcoming Rides, including our infamous Tweed Ride!

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Mark your calendar, Metro sponsors three great upcoming CICLE rides!

1. Saturday, January 18, 2014: Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco

2. Saturday, February 15, 2014: The Eastside Riders BC presents: The Ride For Love: Explore the Changes of Watts

3. Saturday, March 15, 2014: The Way Back When Ride: La Puente

Explore, connect, and rediscover neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County by bike!

Spread the joy of bicycling with a gift

BenefitsofabicycleGive the gift of freedom! Do you have a boo, friend, or relative who you’ve always wanted to go riding with but they never learned how? Give the gift of two wheels and a lifetime of happiness with CICLE’s Learn to Ride Class Gift Certificate! Learning how to ride a bike will be the gift that keeps on giving. Explore new adventures together and reach new goals!

Support CICLE!  Give others the gift of bicycle safety and encouragement. Your donation helps us teach more workshops, print attention grabbing materials, promote safe streets through events, conduct web-based outreach and inspire more people to enjoy life on two wheels! Help us to continue spreading joy, health, and community through bicycling.

Give the t-shirt that shows why we ride. Looking for the perfect gift for the bicyclist in your life? CICLE’s ever-popular Benefits of a Bicycle t-shirt is on Sale through December 31st!  Take 15% off when you use this coupon code: cicle15

This famous design was created by CICLE’s own founder, Shay Wiessler Sanchez! These yummy “mint chocolate chip” colored tees are silk screened in the USA on unisex soft- cotton fitted American Apparel t-shirts.  All U.S. orders have FREE shipping!

Use coupon code cicle15 during check-out.   Hurry, sale ends on December 31st, 2013!

Spotlight: CICLE All-Star Volunteers share their stories!

brad_leader2We asked one of our volunteers, Brad, a bicycle All-Star, to discuss the role bicycles have played in his life, his inspiration to ride and what volunteering with CICLE means to him.

CICLE: How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

Brad (age 28): There’s nothing greater than observing your environment from the seat of a bike. Because of my job I spend a good amount of time in my car, so when I clip in and take off on a bike I truly do feel free.brad_leader1 I feel like I’m part of a street, a block, or a city, and not just someone passing through. It’s that perspective that brings me joy and gets me back on my bike every time.

CICLE: What is your favorite place to ride to?

Brad: On a smaller scale, I like riding next to the river. The bike paths there are quiet and safe and you don’t have to worry about stopping too often. On a larger scale, the bike ride that truly turned me on to cycling and gave me a passion for bikes was one I did in 2009 from Boston to Santa Barbara. It was, hands down, the best thing I’ve done with my life, thus far. Of course, some days were harder than others, but, overall, it was an amazing ride I’ll never forget.

CICLE: What advice do you have for newer riders?

Brad: We’re all there to have fun, but make sure you listen at the beginning of each ride when we go over the rules of the road and how to ride safely. The most important thing is for people to ride responsibly to show other members of the community – whether it be pedestrians or drivers – that we are commuters who deserve the same respect we give to everyone else on the road.

CICLE: What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

Brad: Unfortunately, in 2011 a good friend of mine was leading another cross-country ride and died after being hit by a car (http://ccgfoundation.org). We met on our first cross-country ride and here she was again, doing something she loved for a great cause. When I got back from her funeral I did my research on cycling non-profits in Los Angeles and came across CICLE. I liked everything I read about the organization, so I met with Dan and decided I’d love to be a ride leader. The Tour da Arts ride that year was the first ride I helped lead and I’ve loved every second of the rides I’ve led since!

CICLE: What has Ride Leading done for you?

Brad: It’s opened my eyes to parts of Los Angeles I didn’t even know about. More specifically, it has taken me to places of Los Angeles that I wouldn’t have made the effort to cycle through if it hadn’t been for the urban expeditions. It’s helped me feel like part of a bicycling community and has strengthened my pride in my leadership abilities.  Lastly, and maybe most importantly, it’s allowed me to expose my friends to the fun of attending CICLE’s monthly rides!

If you’re not ready to be a leader, come on one of the rides and see how fun they are. It’s great to see people of all ages on the rides, too. Bicycle outreach knows no limits!

We hope Brad’s journey inspires you to explore the streets on two wheels, join us on a group ride or join our incredible volunteer team!

Recap: The Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, Sponsored by Metro, was a tasty treat!

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On Saturday, November 16th, CICLE, with the Valley Bikery, led 70 bicyclists through Northridge on the Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride. We started off at Dearborn Park with empty bellies and rolled through Northridge and Granada Hills to visit some of the area’s tastiest spots including The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design. Weiler’s welcomed the group with a warm welcome and their famous rugelah. The group then stopped at Delicious Bakery to hear sweet stories about its history and owners. Participants enjoyed a tour through the bakery’s kitchen and bags of cookies for nourishment! Finally, we zipped over to a Sweet Design, whose owners themselves are bicyclists, and sampled some of their freshly frosted cupcakes! With full bellies and wide smiles, we returned to Dearborn Park. We are so grateful to each local business for supporting the bicycling community on this delicious expedition.

As always, thank you to our incredible team of Ride Leaders and our wonderful photographer, Jennifer Gill! Ride Leaders did an incredible job of keeping the group together and safe and Jennifer perfectly captured it all! To learn more about volunteering with CICLE, see more info here.

Route Map for the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride

Did you miss joining us on the day of the ride? Here is a great map to explore the route and these great businesses on your own! Or, retrace your steps/pedals to relive it all over again!

Your two-wheeled Giving Guide is here! Roll into the season by Bike!

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Although every month is a great month to connect with others and give what you can, we’d like to emphasize the role of two wheels during this giving season!

• Use your bike to shop locally! By shopping locally, you can support the local businesses in your neighborhood and grow the local economy! Shop local, give local and celebrate locally!

• Use your bike to deliver goodies! Panniers, baskets, trailers… all are perfect spots to carry canned food to donate to food pantries! Pick it up, drop it off, and enjoy a ride along the way!

• What else fits into bicycle carriers? Clothes! Warm clothes, summer clothes, fancy clothes, baby clothes … It all fits! Zip over to a kids’ clothing drive with a bikeful of threads and a bundle of smiles!

• Sharing goodies with friends? Buy used or buy materials to create gifts for your favorite folks! Explore the neighborhood to discover used and unique treasures at different business gems.

• Travel sustainably, give sustainably! Consider sharing items that will continue to grow, like plants, seeds, or other garden items. Deliver these gifts by bike for a truly sustainable cycle!

ltr7Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Saturday, December 15th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

 

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

LACBC Open House: Victories of Future Past
Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m
634 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

8th Annual All City Toy Ride – Midnight Ridazz
Friday, December 13, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

Larchmont Holiday Caroling Riding
Sunday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Meet at Rotary Club Christmas Tree Lot – 568 N. Larchmont Blvd.

CICLE’s Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco
Saturday, January 18th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

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November 2013 News

One Mile at a Time: One participant from the Learn to Ride Class shares their story!

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We asked one of the participants in our Learn to Ride Class to share their concerns, fears, hopes and dreams around bicycling.  Here is what Estelle, age 29, has to say as one of LA’s newest bicyclists!

CICLE: What had been your biggest obstacle to learning to ride a bike?

Estelle: My biggest obstacle was getting over the idea that learning to ride a bike is something that we do as children only. People of all ages can learn or re-learn one of the most exciting ways to get around town.

CICLE: What sparked the decision to look for this class and sign up?

Estelle: I envisioned that I could find an alternative way to get around besides driving. For short distances a bike seemed like the best way to travel and I wanted a way to add more exercise to my regimen.

CICLE: What was your experience like in CICLE’s Learn to Ride Class?

Estelle: I had a wonderful experience after not being on a bike in years. The class was very small and each lesson played out at my own pace until the finale when it was time to add the pedals and combine all that I learned up to that moment. It was exciting to see what I had accomplished in the end by riding with confidence.

CICLE: How did it feel to learn to ride a bike?

Estelle: It was a great feeling. I couldn’t stop smiling knowing that I had finally taken the first step in achieving a long-time goal. I knew with more practice on my own I could and would get better.

CICLE: How do you use your bike in your life now:

Estelle: I plan to use my bike in my spare time and ride to close places and then build myself up for longer rides through the streets.

CICLE: Do you have any advice for others who may be nervous to start this process?

Estelle: Being nervous is normal. As an adult, you have a fear that either you won’t learn how to ride or you will learn but may fall and get hurt in the process. This class tends to both these fears and then some. CICLE staff prepare you so well that you won’t think of falling or failing; all you will think of is the end result!

Congratulations and welcome to the bicycle community, Estelle!  We’re so happy that you joined us.  Thank you for sharing your story.

We hope Estelle’s experience inspires others to join the class and start exploring life on two wheels as well!

Bikes In the City: Upcoming Learn to Ride for Adults Classes

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Saturday, November 17th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, November 17th: 11:30am- 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

 

L.A. County Metro Sponsors the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, led by CICLE with the Valley Bikery!

valleyride1On Saturday, November 16, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), CICLE, with the Valley Bikery, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Northridge Deli, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride,” from Dearborn Park through Northridge and Granada Hills to visit some of the area’s tastiest spots. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will stop by The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design (whose passions are cakes and cupcakes!).  At each stop, owners will welcome participants and share their business’ history, connection to the community and discuss their ingredients for creating a delicious establishment.

As with all CICLE rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. CICLE rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Dearborn Park, Northridge, Los Angeles CA 91325 (Wish Ave and Dearborn St)

Neighborhood: Northridge, Granada Hills

Accessible by Metro Buses: Metro Bus 166/364, 167 and 236/237

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Recap: Over 100 bicyclists came out to the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal!

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On Sunday, October 20, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), CICLE and the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition led a community bicycle ride, “The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal” from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. Over 100 cyclists came out donned in some of the most creative costumes ever to roll on two wheels! We zipped past the dozens of cars in gridlock traffic by the parking lot as we were escorted to the reserved bicycle parking area. Farm Store staff welcomed the group and presented background on the store itself as well as the pumpkin patch, filled with over 60,000 pumpkins!

After exploring Farmer’s Market, the petting zoo, the Corn Maze, the Pumpkin Patch and oodles of tasty booths, we headed back to downtown Pomona with pumpkins in tow. CICLE Director, Dan Dabek, carried five hefty pumpkins back on a trailer! The event wrapped up at The Loft on 2nd for a raffle and delicious treats.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, the event was truly spectacular! A special thanks to our partners, Metro and the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, and of course to our all-star Ride Leaders who ensure the ride is safe, smooth and carefree. If you’d like to sign up to join our volunteer family, please fill out our volunteer form! We’d to have you join us for future excursions!

pomonamapsRoute Map for the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal

As part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal MAP!

 

 

Holiday Sale!  15% Off CICLE’s Ever Popular  “Benefits of a Bicycle” Tee

Are you looking for a way to spread holiday bike joy?Benefitsofabicycle  We’re starting the giving season by offering 15% off CICLE’s Benefits of a Bicycle Tee!  This famous design was created by CICLE’s own founder, Shay Wiessler Sanchez!

These yummy “mint chocolate chip” colored tees are silk screened in the USA on unisex soft- cotton fitted American Apparel t-shirts.  All U.S. orders have FREE shipping!

Use coupon code cicle15 during check-out.   Hurry, sale ends on December 31st, 2013!

Recap: The ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride – A beautiful evening tour of Pasadena’s most creative exhibits!

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On Friday, October 11, bicyclists took to the streets of Pasadena during ArtNight to tour an incredible collection of art galleries and museums, including the Armory Center for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects and the Pasadena Museum of History. It was a perfect evening to zip from one artistic venue to the next, skipping parking and the hassle of rush hour traffic.

A huge thanks goes out to Real Goods Solar, one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies, for generously sponsoring the event! Before taking off into the night, we held a raffle and a very lucky bicyclist became the new owner of a brand new Nest, generously donated by Real Goods Solar.

Beyond the sponsorship, the partnership between C.I.C.L.E. and Real Goods Solar aims to support all forms of environmentally friendly efforts, through pedals and (solar) panels! Go solar with Real Goods and you’ll see energy savings each month.  Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Signing up with Real Goods Solar means savings for you and support for C.I.C.L.E.! Real Goods Solar will donate $500 to C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

As always, thank you to our incredible team of Ride Leaders and our amazing photographer, Kelly Philips! Ride Leaders did an incredible job of keeping the group together and safe and Kelly perfectly captured it all! To learn more about volunteering with CICLE, see more info here. To see more amazing work by Kelly, please visit her page.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking involves much more than just a lock and a pole. See different types of bicycle parking, economic benefits for businesses, and the LA Bike Parking Ordinance!

Options galore! Here are FUN FACTS for 6 types of bike parking:

parking2Bike Corrals – On-street bike parking that is low-cost and easy to install. Bikes on the street means more space for pedestrians on the sidewalk. Bike corrals provide bike parking for 12 to 24 bicycles (otherwise used by 1-2 cars)!

Lockers – Bicycle lockers are secure, dry (for LA’s few rainy days!) and convenient. Lockers are often located by transit stops and can simplify multi-modal trips.  Lockers usually cost a fee for use.

Automated underground bicycle parking – Pioneered in Japan, an automated transporter can valet and retrieve a bike in seconds.  These underground bike parking garages can fit over 800 bicycles.  They take up little space on the street and provide protection from the elements and theft.  We want robotic bike parking!  Watch an awesome video of automated underground bicycle parking in action here.

Artistic bicycle racksparking4 – These are functional and beautiful! Unique and aesthetic designs enhance the image of a city as livable and innovative.

Bike Oasis – Built on a curb extension with overhead roof cover for rain protection! This sleek design allows for street sweepers to easily pass by and does not require bollards or other protrusions. The structure is often paired with bicycle and pedestrian maps and visuals.

Business boom? Bicycle parking benefits businesses!

  • On street bicycle parking increases the visibility of a business from the street by 53%
  • Bicycle corrals increase foot and bike traffic by 67%
  • Bicycle parking increases transportation options for both employees and patrons
  • Bicycle parking promotes sustainability
  • Bicycle corrals and other forms of bicycle parking enhance the street and neighborhood’s identity as a livable place

 

Not just for businesses!

Bicycle parking is making it’s impact on housing developments!  The LA Bike Parking Ordinance encourages safe and secure parking in lieu of car parking in all types of new development. Bike parking spots can be swapped in for car parking – one car spot can be replaced by four bike parking spots.

Infrastructure News

New LA Bicycle Corral in Atwater Village!

LADOT has installed a newly designed bicycle corral in Atwater Village at 3147 Glendale Boulevard in front of Kaldi Coffee.  Show your support and attend Council Distrcit 14′s ribbon cutting this Saturday (11/2/13) at noon.

Read more at LA Streetsblog.

7th Street Bike Lanes:

The bike lanes on 7th Street through downtown have been extended east beyond Figueroa! Extending the lanes will create a more complete, connected network of bicycle infrastructure. Zip through downtown seamlessly!

Read more on the LADOT Bike Blog!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Santa Barbara Open Streets
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA

Experience Central Ave
(with the LACBC, TRUST South LA, Community Health Councils, Eastside Riders)
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

California by Bike Summit
November 7th-10th, 2013
Oakland, CA

The Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:

Sign the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s petition to Urge Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to L.A.

Participate:

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!  Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

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October 2013 News

Join C.I.C.L.E. for the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride and enjoy the vibrance and creativity of Pasadena at night on two wheels!

artnight2On Friday, October 11th, embrace the evening by bicycle and explore Pasadena’s incredible collection of art galleries and museums, all open and free to the public.  C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects and the Pasadena Museum of History. Stimulate your mind and your muscles on this easy, breezy, artsy ride through town!

C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride is generously sponsored by Real Goods Solar, one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies. The partnership between C.I.C.L.E. and Real Goods Solar aims to support all forms of environmentally friendly efforts, through pedals and (solar) panels! Go solar with Real Goods and you’ll see energy savings each month.  Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Signing up with Real Goods Solar means savings for you and support for C.I.C.L.E.! Real Goods Solar will donate $500 to C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly and leisurely paced. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers who provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, October 11, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:30pm

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night lights. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

About Real Goods Solar, Inc.: Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSOL) is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 15,000 solar power systems representing over 100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support.

L.A. County Metro Sponsors the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal, led by C.I.C.L.E.!

On Sunday, October 20, through a sponsorship by the pumpkinpedalLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal” from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through Pomona to celebrate Halloween and explore the ease of carrying holiday goodies on two wheels! At the festival, participants will receive a unique welcome and can explore thousands of pumpkins, the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze, the popular Insect Fair, entertainment and much more! Some trailers will be provided to haul your favorite soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns back but participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets and trailers to help haul any heavy purchases. Riders are encouraged to dress to impress in your favorite costume!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is 11 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Thomas Plaza
S. Thomas St., Pomona CA 91766 (At S. Thomas St. and West 2nd St.)

Neighborhood: Pomona

Accessible by Foothill Transit buses: 291, 480, 286, 195, 197, Silver Streak, and Omnitrans Bus 61

Pumpkin Festival Prices: Admission is FREE. Pumpkins from the patch are $5 each. Insect Fair: $6 adults; $4 students and children 3-12 years; 2 and under are free.
Prices for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides and the petting zoo vary. See website for details

The Farm Store staff will generously provide 10% coupons to participants to use at the store.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride. Baskets and trailers are encouraged!

About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition: The Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition (PVBC) is a chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) founded in March 2012. Our mission is to create better, more bike-able, and healthier streets for the residents in the Pomona Valley area and to empower both pedestrians and cyclists to make a positive impact and change in their local communities. We envision a healthier community where pedestrians and cyclists feel comfortable and secure on the streets, free of harm.

Recap: Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition, sponsored by Metro!

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On Saturday, September 21st, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, led the “Made in LA” Ride along the LA River with over 150 bicyclists! The event started off at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens with a group welcome, bicycle safety tips and an exciting raffle for goodies donated by Bike Metro and the LA River Corp. Participants then took off on two wheels to visit three businesses along the LA River that manufacture goods on-site, in LA!  First up was Grain Surfboards, followed by Kreugermann Pickle Factory and finally swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Each stop served as an exciting glimpse into what it means to produce, and buy, locally. At Kreugerman, participants sampled an immense variety of pickles and sauerkraut, including what may now be the cycling community’s new favorite, Habanero Pickles! At swrve, the group received a tour through the production room and fell in love with the stylish designs and artsy crafts throughout the shop.

The ride was a blast and a truly unique way to connect with and support local businesses along the river. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event, including our superstar volunteer team. Thanks volunteers, for your time, energy, smiles and waves! We can’t make these events happen without you! To join this incredible team and lend your leadership skills, sign up here!

Route Map for the Made in LA Ride

madeinlamapAs part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition MAP!

 

 

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

learntorideHave you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Saturday, October 19th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, October 19th: 11:30am- 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

Traffic Basics Class:

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety through instruction and live street experience.  The first portion of the class will include a presentation and participatory discussion on safety and skills. The second portion of class, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

When: Saturday, October 26th: 11am-1pm

This class is full.  Please email bike@cicle.org for updates on future classes.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Superhighways!

A highway, for bicycles?

A Bicycle Super Highway is a bicyclist’s dream come true! On this cycle highway, the cyclist’s needs come first on routes that are quick, safe and comfortable. The highway connects bicyclists with key destinations like home, work, school and public transportation. A ride on the highway is swift and efficient, often with as few stops as possible to keep you movin’ along!

How are bicyclists’ needs prioritized?

Ever gone surfing on a bike? Green waves keep bicyclists rollin’! Traffic lights usually cater to vehicle patterns and needs, but bicycle superhighways reverse that. On these highways, traffic lights are adjusted for cyclists along major roads to ensure a quick and easy flow for two-wheeled commuters. Bicyclists can easily “surf” a wave of green lights through the city during rush hour without ever putting down a foot.

The Los Angeles Bicycle Highway that almost was…!

In 1897, a commuter cycleway was partially built between Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles. At the time, 6% of Angelenos were bicyclists. However, Los Angeles’ auto-centric craze quickly rolled through and the project was never completed and instead, the Arroyo Seco Parkway was built. More info here

BICYCLING & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS:

Victory for California Cyclists: 3 Foot Passing Bill is signed into Law!

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB1371, the “Three Feet for Safety Act” requiring cars to give three feet of space when passing cyclists.  After five failed attempts to pass the bill into law, California has finally followed suit with 24 other states that already have three-foot passing rules in place. This law will give actual wiggle room to cyclists on the streets of LA (and throughout CA!). Hopefully, the law will minimize those frightful moments when cars whiz by a bit too closely. Whether it is giving three feet of space or slowing to a safe speed, this victory serves a reminder for all to equitably and respectfully share street space. More info here.

Buffered Bike Lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock

With the support of Take Back the Boulevard, LADOT has striped bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock! Bike lanes have been added on each side of the boulevard, reducing vehicle traffic from three lanes in each direction to two lanes in each direction. A painted buffer is in place to separate bikes and cars, creating an even greater sense of safety for bicyclists. The bike lanes, in conjunction with new continental crosswalks, will make the boulevard safer for all users. Efforts to improve bicycling throughout the Los Angeles community are truly coming to fruition!

35% Boost in State Funding for Walking and Bicycling Projects!

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill to increase state funding by 35% for walking and bicycling projects! This boost means greater strides (and more pedals!) are in clear view in the coming year! The signed legislation establishes a new Active Transportation Program funded by $130 million in the first year. Safe Routes to Schools projects will receive at least $24 million for projects and at least 25% will directly support disadvantaged communities.  These policy shifts are great news for pedestrians and everyone using two wheels to move through our communities!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

ArtNight Pasadena Ride
Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:30pm

Rob Hopkins and the Just Doing Stuff
Transition Town Fair
Monday, October 14th, 2013

Los Angeles Global Frackdown Bike & Walk for a Frack-Free LA
Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City, CA 90230.

The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 10:30am
Thomas Plaza, Pomona

Santa Barbara Tour de Cure Women’s Series
Sunday, October 27th, 2013

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

The Northridge Diners and Deli’s Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with C.I.C.L.E. and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support C.I.C.L.E. and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

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September 2013 News

Metro Sponsors Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition, led by C.I.C.L.E.!

 

madeinlaPickles, surfboards and all things bikes! Enjoy a ride along the LA River and learn about places that manufacture and create goodies in LA!

On Saturday, September 21, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Made in LA” along the LA River. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through and around Cypress Park and expose riders to businesses that make products right here in Los Angeles. Participants will visit Grain Surfboards, Kruegermann Pickle Factory and swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Cyclists can see, taste and experience products made for and by Angelenos!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the evening. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: LA River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Neighborhood: Cypress Park

Accessible by Metro Rail and Metro buses: Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro bus lines 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751. Plan your trip at metro.net.

Special note: Meet in the front parking lot. Weddings will be taking place in the gardens. Please be respectful of other users of the property.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

About C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of CICLE events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About the LA River Revitalization Corporation: LA River Corp is a non-profit venture charged with catalyzing responsible real estate and related economic development along the L.A. River. Our mission is to transform the L.A. River to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable land use projects, advocacy for river friendly policy, and programs for community benefit. Our major campaign, Greenway 2020, works with public and private partners to complete a continuous 51-mile Greenway along the L.A. River by the year 2020.

Go SOLAR at the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride!

streetartrideOn Friday, October 11th, embrace the evening by bicycle and explore Pasadena’s incredible collection of art galleries and museums, all open and free to the public.  C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Streets Project and the Pasadena History Museum.  Stimulate your mind and your muscles on this easy, breezy, artsy ride through town!

rgs_300x250C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride is generously sponsored by Real Goods Solar, one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies. The partnership between C.I.C.L.E. and Real Goods Solar aims to support all forms of environmentally friendly efforts, through pedals and (solar) panels! Go solar with Real Goods and you’ll see energy savings each month.  Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Signing up with Real Goods Solar means savings for you and support for C.I.C.L.E.! Real Goods Solar will donate $500 to C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly and leisurely paced. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers who provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, October 11, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:30pm

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night lights. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

About C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

About Real Goods Solar, Inc.: Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSOL) is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 15,000 solar power systems representing over 100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Tour da Arts, vol. 5, led by C.I.C.L.E. was a blast!

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On Sunday, August 18th, hundreds of bicyclists came out for a very unique and dynamics cultural bicycle tour with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, led by C.I.C.L.E.! The bicycle-themed festival began at the museum where participants enjoyed free bike-tune ups, bicycle art exhibits, pedal-powered ice cream (and smoothies!), demonstrations by Metro bus drivers and so much more! The ride made its first stop at the Santa Monica Monica Bay Woman’s Club for a high-energy, dynamic tap performance by Chloe and Maude Productions. The tap group was an incredible treat, mixing drumming, tap and incredible amounts of energy! The next stop included a very unique dance performance at Grant Elementary School with a vintage trailer and quirky acrobatics. After the second show, we sailed back to the museum to announce raffle prizes, including a very stylish Bike Attack beauty!

This event grows and grows every year and we are so grateful to our incredible volunteer team that keeps it rollin’ smoothly! To both our new and veteran ride leaders and volunteers, thank you for your direction, support, and leadership! Guiding over 250 bikes is no simple task, and you did it seamlessly.  If you are interested in volunteering with C.I.C.L.E., please let us know what talents you’d like to share with us here!

Upcoming Classes

Ltr_5Learn to Ride for Adults:

Saturday, September 15th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time

This class is full.  Email bike@cicle.org to sign up for the waitlist.

Traffic Basics Class:

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety through instruction and live street experience.  The first portion of the class will include a presentation and participatory discussion on safety and skills. The second portion of class, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

When: Saturday, October 26th: 11am-1pm

Where: 505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA. Caltech Y, Ground-Floor meeting room

Price: Free (Caltech’s BikeLab generously subsidized this class).  Register online, space is limited.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Boulevards (and Wayfinding!)

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Do you want your home property value to increase?  Do you long for the days when kids could safely play in the streets?  Are you tired of cut-through traffic in your neighborhood?  Don’t fear, Bike Boulevards are here!

What are they?

  • Bike boulevards allow all users (residents, pedestrians, bicyclists) to safely share the roadway
  • Bike boulevards are quiet, pleasant, low-volume and low-speed streets
  • Bike boulevards use traffic calming efforts to reduce and slow traffic (using traffic circles, speed bumps, for example)
  • Traffic calming involves cars slowing down to similar speeds as bicyclists
  • Bike boulevards use traffic diverters to force (cut-through) cars to turn off the street
  • Bike boulevards use special wayfinding signage and markings on the pavement

 

What is Wayfinding?

  • Signs identify designated bike routes and provide wayfinding information to lead users to the route or to direct users to stay on the route
  • Signage includes arrows, distance and travel times to key destinations
  • Destination labels are often large, clear and legible (to be seen from a distance)
  • Local streets include fewer businesses and services so signs indicate the direction to key destinations like commercial districts, transit hubs, schools, universities and other bikeways.
  • Wayfinding improves connectivity and flow

 

What are the benefits?

  • Bicycle boulevards provide a safe and comfortable space for residents, bicyclists and pedestrians to move freely and swiftly
  • Bicycle boulevards discourage cut-through and speedy motor-vehicle traffic
  • Bicycle boulevards prioritize and optimize use for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Bicycle boulevards are intended to appeal to casual or less experienced bicyclists who may be nervous riding with faster moving traffic
  • A bicycle boulevard is low-cost compared to the cost of implementing other types of infrastructure

 

For more info, check out this great Streetfilms video.

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS:

The Figueroa Streetscape project, aims to make Figueroa more accessible for all types of transit from Downtown to Exposition Park. The project has been submitted for final approval. The plan involves implementing both protected and buffered bicycle lanes along Figueroa. “There will be two types of bike lanes: buffered and protected. Buffered lanes use a strip or two of paint to distinguish where the bikes should travel, while protected lanes, or cycle tracks, put a physical barrier between the bikes and adjacent traffic,” according to Blog Downtown. If implemented, it will be the first protected bike lane in the city of Los Angeles. The protected lanes were initially proposed to run the full length of the project, but there was a compromise with motorists and buffered lanes will stretch a portion.

More info here.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

L.A. Bicycle & Pedestrian Count
Tuesday, September 10th & Saturday, September 14th

Park(ing) Day
Friday, September 20th, 2013

Made in LA Ride, River Edition
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 10:30am
L.A. River Center and Gardens

CICLAVIA
October 6th, 2013 at 10am

ArtNight Pasadena Ride
Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:30pm

The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 10:30am
Thomas Plaza, Pomona

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

The Northridge Diners and Deli’s Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge Metrolink Station

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Tell the Governor to sign AB 1371 and give bicyclists 3 feet of safety clearance!
Assembly Bill 1371 has already been approved by both houses of the Legislature. All it needs to become law is the Governor’s signature. Tell Governor Brown to sign AB 1371 and make California the 22nd State to require three feet for safety.

Volunteer with the LACBC for the L.A. Bicycle & Pedestrian Count
It’s bicycle and pedestrian count season for the City of Los Angeles. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the biking and walking community. If you want LA to invest in safer streets, step up and count the difference those investments make. Counts for City of LA are Tuesday 9/10 from 7-9am and 4-6pm and Saturday 9/14 from 11a-1p. More info and to volunteer

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy?
Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with CICLE and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

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August 2013 News

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents: Tour da Arts, vol. 5, led by C.I.C.L.E.

2tdaOn Sunday, August 18th, embrace the overflowing creativity of Santa Monica on a cultural bicycle tour with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, led by C.I.C.L.E.! The bicycle-themed festival will begin at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for registration, free bike-tune ups, museum exhibition tours, and one-of-a-kind, artist-designed bicycles from Solé Bicycles. The ride will make two stops, including the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club to enjoy We Love Tap– a contemporary tap dance performance by Chloe and Maud Productions. The next stop includes an exciting and unique dance performance at Grant Elementary School. Refuel with refreshing freebies along the way!

This ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the tour. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. C.I.C.L.E.’s Ride Leaders provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. This ride is 9 miles and will allow participants a break at each stop to enjoy the art, performances and refreshments. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

For more information about the Tour da Arts vol. 5 and to register, visit here.

Where: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

When: Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Time: The event starts at 11:00am. Ride leaves promptly at 1:00pm.

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Rock ‘n Two Wheel Rollin’ Concert Ride Recap!

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On Saturday, July 20th, 2013, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., joined by Bici Libre staff and volunteers, led 60 bicyclists from the Exposition Park Rose Gardens to MacArthur Park Levitt Pavilion for a concert under the stars! Participants had front row seats (and front row dancing!) to the beats and sounds of Mucca Pazza. Bici Libre, under the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, provided bicyclists with a seamless transition into the park through their bicycle valet system. The ride connected two beautiful park spaces and provided great, live street experience through Figueroa Corridor in South LA, Pico Union, and MacArthur Park.

As always, we are so grateful to all of our wonderful volunteers who made this event happen and run so smoothly. Volunteers truly keep C.I.C.L.E. rollin’! Volunteers include ride leaders, a photographer and many more. If you are interested in volunteering with C.I.C.L.E., please let us know what talents you’d like to share with us here!

Route Map to MacArthur Park Levitt Pavilion

rocknrollmap_CICLEAs part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Rock ‘n Two Wheel Rollin’ Concert RIDE MAP!

 

 

Upcoming Classes

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Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, September 15th, 9:00am

 

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Sharrows

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What does it look like? To some, sharrows may look like a little bike icon with a roof over it. Sharrows, or shared use lane markings, are painted on the pavement at regular intervals along signed bicycle routes. Sharrows look like a bicycle icon with two upside down V’s or arrows on top, in fact like a pointy roof over a bicycle icon.

What’s the point? The sharrow symbol aims to alert motorists to share the lane with bicyclists. Where the sharrow is painted in the lane guides bicyclists where to ride within the lane, depending on the width of the lane.

When shared lanes are wide enough for bicyclists and motorists to ride side by side, sharrows are painted close to the curb (see image 1).

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When shared lanes are too narrow for this side by side dance, sharrows are painted in the center of the lane so cars know not to squeeze by (see image 2).

What are alternatives? Sharrows indicate shared use but bicyclists are entitled to share roadways with motorists regardless. Bicyclists often feel safer with bolder, clearer indicators, like painted bicycle lanes that give bicyclists their own space, or protected lanes (or physical barriers) that create even more separation between cars and bikes.

 

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Santa Monica Museum of Art: Tour da Arts
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA)

Los Angeles’ 2nd Annual Clitoral Mass
Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Made in LA Ride, River Edition
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 10:30am
L.A. River Center and Gardens

CicLAvia: Heart of LA Sunday
October 6th, 2013 at 10am

The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 10:30am
Thomas Plaza, Pomona

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

The Northridge Diners and Deli’s Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge Metrolink Station

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

“Give Me 3”: Support the Three-Foot Passing Bill
To help this bill move forward, contact your local Senator and share your support for AB 1371 and safer bicycling. More info here.

See something, say something
In June, responsibility of maintaining L.A.’s bicycle paths transferred from the Department of Parks and Recreation to our staff at the LADOT Bike Program. Since this change, repair needs along bicycle paths have been more swiftly addressed! Share any maintenance issues with the LADOT Bike Program Staff to ensure safe, smooth sailing along LA’s 56 miles of bike paths!
Call 213-972-4972 to report any issues!

Have you signed the PeopleForBikes pledge to support bicycling?
The PeopleForBikes campaign would love to register as many new supporters of bicycling as possible! Will California register the greatest number of supporters?

Volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!
Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with CICLE and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

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July 2013 News

Rock ‘n Two Wheel Rollin’ Concert Ride!

From park to park, rock and roll on two wheels muccapazzadown to Levitt Pavilion for some irresistible tunes!

On Saturday, July 20th, 2013, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with Bici Libre, will beat the summer heat with an evening bicycle ride to hear live music under the stars. We’ll bike from the Exposition Park Rose Gardens to MacArthur Park to experience the unique sounds and beats of Mucca Razza at Levitt Pavilion! The ride will connect two beautiful green public spaces in Los Angeles, stopping at MacArthur Park for the infectious sounds of Mucca Razza, a not so typical marching rock ‘n roll band. Join us for an evening of drums, mandolins, accordions, dancing, and bikes! Feel free to pack a picnic or bring cash to enjoy Mama’s International Tamales that will be available at the show. Participants will learn about points of interest to explore along the route and at either end.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the evening. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. This ride is 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. Bici Libre will provide free bicycle valet at the park.

When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:30pm, ride leaves promptly at 7:00pm.  The ride will return to the starting point by 10:30pm

Where: Metro Exposition Park Station (in front of the Rose Garden).

Accessible by Metro Rail and Metro buses: Expo Line, 705, 38, 217, Culver City #4 Plan your trip at metro.net.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, bicycle lights, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Bike Path Beach Bash Ride Recap!

beachbash1On June 29th, 2013, sponsored by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Walk ‘n Rollers, beat the heat and cooled off along the breezy Ballona Creek Bike Path. Over 75 participants rode along the protected bike path from the La Cienega Metro Expo Line Station to Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey. Riders were met by MRCA representatives who shared information about the watershed and the art along the path (including an appearance from an artist herself!). This longer, leisurely ride was a perfect opportunity for newer riders to zip along to the ocean without the stress of cars or traffic. Participants received a combination of Metro Patch Kits, illustrated route maps, tips cards and other helpful goodies!

As always, we are so grateful to all of our wonderful volunteers who made this event happen and run so smoothly. Volunteers truly keep C.I.C.L.E. rollin’! Volunteers include ride leaders, a photographer and much more. If you are interested in volunteering with C.I.C.L.E., please contact us at bike@cicle.org or sign up here.

Route Map to Marina Del Rey!

ballonapathride_mapAs part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Bike Path Beach Bash RIDE MAP!

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Learn to Ride:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, July 14th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Sunday, July 14th: 11:30am-1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike Boxes

bikeboxDo circles fit into squares? Roll into a Bike Box for the perfect fit! Green Bike Boxes are green with a white bicycle symbol inside.

Collision Avoidance! Bike Boxes are painted right before the crosswalk at an intersection (attached to a green lane) and aims to prevent collisions between bicycles and cars by increasing the visibility of a bicyclist and everyone approaching the intersection.

Right hooks are for boxing! Bike Boxes are particularly helpful in reducing collisions between cars turning right and bicyclists going straight at an intersection.  Bike Boxes help avoid the “Right Hook” collision.

See and be seen! By positioning yourself in the Bike Box in front of a car at an intersection, bicyclists are far more visible to motorists. Visibility is the key to safety!

Tips for the Green Zone!

-When the light is yellow or red, enter the bike box from the adjacent green bike lane. Stop just before the cross walk. Hang out, stay safe.

-When the light is green, carry on! Ride on through the intersection but keep an eye on motorists that may be turning right.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Zocalo Public Square
Will the Bicycle Kill the Car? (Forum and discussion)
Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 6pm
Grand Park

Santa Monica Museum of Art: Tour da Arts
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA)

Save the Date!
Made in LA Ride, River Edition
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 10:30am

CicLAvia: Heart of LA Sunday
October 6th, 2013 at 10am

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

“Give Me 3”: Support the Three-Foot Passing Bill
To help this bill move forward, contact your local Senator and share your support for AB 1371 and safer bicycling. More info here.

Tour da Arts BIKE Critter Art Contest
An exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw your very own “bike critter” to be featured as the signature image for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s 5th annual Tour da Arts cultural bike event. Submit your bike critter image by Friday, July 12 at midnight.

Better Bikeways with California Bike Coalition
Bicyclists deserve Better Bikeways! Support the California Bike Coalition’s efforts to pass a bill in California for safer and more protected bikeway designs so that everyone can enjoy bicycling safely. Learn more, download the letter, fill it out, send it in and ride on!

Volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!
Calling social butterflies, photographers & party planners! Connect with rad folks, share your skills and volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!

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