July 2014 News

Preview: Metro Sponsors “Action! Close Up On: Downtown LA’s Film History Ride,” led by C.I.C.L.E. and Downtown Film Festival LA!

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 3.37.59 PMOn Saturday, July 19, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. along with Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, will lead a cinematic evening excursion, “Action! Close Up on Downtown LA’s Film History.” Pedal to famous downtown film locations and landmarks where famous films like Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Transformers and more were filmed. Relive each adventure, on two wheels! The ride will end with a screening of American Cycle on the big screen at Angel City Brewery as part of the festival’s closing night!

 

DFFLAAs 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, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is under 7 miles.

When: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: Meet at 5:30 p.m., the ride will leave promptly at 6:00 p.m. Film screening begins at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The park at E 1st Street and S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Accessible by: Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo Station, Metro buses 30, 40, 92, 330, 442, 701, Dash A, Dash D.

What to bring: Bring water, bike lights, a lock 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.

ICYMI: Rollin’ with new handlebars, there’s a new Director at C.I.C.L.E.

VanessaIn case you missed it, C.I.C.L.E. has transitioned from one incredible Director to another! C.I.C.L.E.’s long-time Director, Dan Dabek, has truly kept the organization well-oiled and has inspired new and dynamic directions throughout his leadership. See his note to all CICLEists describing his next steps in life and his hopes for the future of the organization. Dan has been instrumental to the growth of C.I.C.L.E. and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

Although she has some very big tubes to fill, we are more than thrilled to welcome Vanessa Gray as C.I.C.L.E.’s new Director! She brings an incredible amount of experience, passion and innovation to C.I.C.L.E. and we can’t wait to see what the future holds! More information about Vanessa and C.I.C.L.E.’s transition can be found here. You can reach Vanessa at vanessa@cicle.org.

 

Recap: Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride with Bike Odyssey LA

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On Saturday, June 1, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA transformed Lake Balboa into a high-energy performance space, powered by over 150 bikes during the “Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride!” Riders were immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, re-imagined with everything we know about modern Los Angeles.

The event was unlike any other: the marriage of bikes and theater created a perfectly unique treat! This event reminded us that anything (and everything!) can be done on a bike, from small errands to the supermarket and post office, to performing epic ancient Greek poems on bicycles! The ride took place almost entirely along the bicycle paths through and around the park, positioning bicyclists (and passers-by) onto a front row seat to view and engage in the show.

A huge thanks to the incredibly talented actors and volunteers from Bike Odyssey LA and to all of our Ride Leaders (and Paparazzi!) for ensuring smooth sailing throughout the event! If you’d like to be a part of our volunteer team, please sign up here!

Route Map:

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

LA Explorers Club Presents: The Dawn of Downtown

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8 58 51 PM copyNew Belgium Brewing Company, urban enthusiasts, C.I.C.L.E. and historians have teamed up to launch the first of the Los Angeles Explorers Club bike rides.

What is the Los Angeles Explorers Club?

Have you ever seen a hillside staircase to nowhere? Or, rail tracks that start and end with no rhyme nor reason? Maybe a faded, hand painted sign chipping away beneath flashy billboards? Tunnels. Towers. You’ve seen it.  You’ve seen the same things we’ve seen. There are still so many clues into the Golden life that this great city offered its patrons.  Why was it
built?  Where does it lead?  Why is it still there, hanging on? What else is out there?  Grab your bicycle. Come with us, let’s go exploring!

The Los Angeles Explorers Club is a band of curious, urban adventurers in search of the secret places, treasures, stories and legends in our city.  And we do this on bikes.  Guest curators thoughtfully plan our rides around different themes and
neighborhoods. Visit  www.laexplorersclub.com for more information.

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Date: July 20, 2014

Explore the origins of Los Angeles in downtown, from trains to streetcars, speakeasies, and industry.  Things have changed 100 fold since the dawn of downtown, but we’ll take you back to that time.

Tickets: $10 registration includes a fully curated bike tour with 2 complimentary New Belgium Beers and a limited edition LA Explorers Club patch and the ever-important Wes Anderson style #2 pencil. Pre-purchase tickets below.  If any remain, you can also register the day of at Artisan House. Must be 21 or over.

Pre registration:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/761446
You can also register the day of the event at Artisan House.  Explorer registration fees help support C.I.C.L.E.’s bicycle advocacy efforts!

Time: Meet at 3 pm.

Meeting Location: The ride gathers at Artisan House in Downtown LA (600 S. Main Street, LA 90014) for some registration-mingle-beer thirsty business before we pedal off to start the ride.  We’ll make a handful of cool stops and hear stories about old Downtown LA as it was building its way into the history books.  We’ll end the ride at Villains Tavern (1356 Palmetto Street, LA 90013 ) around 6:30pm for some music, beers and fun.  All riders must be 21 years or older.

Getting there: The starting point is 1 mile from the Metro Red Line Pershing Square Station.  If you need to drive to the ride, there are 3 public pay-parking concrete lots on the corner of Main Street and 6th Street directly adjacent to Artisan House, our starting location. Parking shouldn’t be a problem here.

Skill Level: Any.

Length of Ride: Less than 10 miles.

What to Bring: Bike in good working order, your ID, lock, night riding lights and water.

Save the Date: Tour da Arts, vol. 6

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 7.25.49 PMOn Sunday, August 24th, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s annual “Cause for Creativty:Tour da Arts” returns! The Museum’s FREE, all day bicycle festival and tour welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy art, music and performances.  C.I.C.L.E. will lead a nine-mile community bicycle ride with stops at John Adams Middle School for a performing with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and a final performance at the Museum for a theater performance by Bike Odyssey LA.

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Where: Santa Monica Musuem of Art, Bergamot Station Arts Center G1
2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Registration: Registration opens July 24, 2014. See event website for details.

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Curb Extensions/Bulb-outs

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 7.35.25 PMCurb extensions, or “bulb-outs,” are like hugs, they serve as a way to welcome and embrace people! In this case however, bulb-outs serve to embrace pedestrians crossing from one side of the street to the other.

“Bulb-outs,” extend the sidewalk into the parking lane to create safer pathways for pedestrians by literally shortening the crossing distance to the other side. Bulb-outs are used at corners or mid-block to so anyone that may be crossing is more visible. By shortening the crossing distance from one side of the street to the other, pedestrians can more easily, quickly and safely cross the street.

Bulb-outs keep high speeds in check. They slow down turning and passing vehicles and create what looks like a narrow path. Slower speeds means safer experiences for everyone. Bulb-outs also create extra space for people walking, or using strollers, or wheelchairs on the sidewalk. With more space, we can add in extra goodies like street furniture and plants, for greener and more vibrant places to move through.

Shouldn’t all intersections be this friendly?

Upcoming Classes:

LTRgroup-1Learn 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, August 10th 2014: 9 am- 11 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here.

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, September 6th, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y. Register here.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsSign a petition to support an ordnance to protect Pasadena’s vulnerable road users from harassment!  Pedestrians, bicyclists and those with limited mobility are at the greatest risk in the streets.  Let’s urge the city to take steps to ensure their safety and protect them from aggression and harassment.

Support a resident led campaign to create a bike and ped-friendly plaza in Granada Hills!  Read more about the project and sign the petition.

A.B. 1532, Vehicle Accidents:  Support this act to update the Vehicle Code, related to vehicle accidents. Learn more here.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Empowering Local Advocates: An LACBC Workshop Series: Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 10 am.

Never Give Up – Finish the Ride Benefit Concert: Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 7 pm

CicLAvia South LA Community Meeting: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Metro Sponsors: Action! Close Up on Downtown LA’s Film History Ride: Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

LA Explorers Club Presents “Dawn of Downtown” Ride: Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 3pm

Santa Monica Museum of Art Presents Tour da Arts, vol 6: Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 12 pm

 

Rollin’ with New Handlebars, there’s a New Director at C.I.C.L.E.

CICLEists,

I’m excited to announce that C.I.C.L.E. has a new director!

Back in April, I quietly announced that I would be leaving Los Angeles and C.I.C.L.E. as I support my partner’s entry into a Ph.D program at MIT.  While I’m looking forward to new experiences and riding the bike paths of Boston, I am very sad to be leaving this amazing city and life-changing organization.

I deeply believe in C.I.C.L.E. and its mission to use education and encouragement to help people start using bicycle transportation now.  You all have made C.I.C.L.E. what it is today and I want to sincerely thank you for your confidence, support and contributions to the organization.  The community is what makes C.I.C.L.E. great and what allows us to promote bicycling.  Most importantly, you — the Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange, are the conduits for reconnection.  Connection to people, places, and culture are how we make our city a happy and healthy place for all.  I hope that you continue to be active and involved with C.I.C.L.E. as there is still work to build a great future.

I believe that C.I.C.L.E. has its finest days ahead.  This month, Julia Lippe-Klein, who does programming and marketing for C.I.C.L.E., completed her masters in Urban Planning at UCLA (Congratulations, Julia!).  Her knowledge and skill-set are valuable additions to the organization.  In March, C.I.C.L.E.’s new Leadership Committee was launched.  This group brings years of experience from the fields of transportation, urban policy and sustainable bushiness to C.I.C.L.E.  Last, but not least, I am confident about C.I.C.L.E.’s future because of its new director, Vanessa Gray.  Vanessa lives and sings the joys and ease of the bicycle lifestyle, and her friendliness embodies the core of our organization.  Please wave hello and ring your bells as Vanessa takes over the lead of the pack!

Enjoy the ride!
Dan Dabek
Advisory Committee

VanessaVanessa Gray knew bicycling would become a special part of her life when her mom, answering a knock at the front door, saw her then two-year old daughter riding her tricycle, being escorted by the military police; she had ridden two-miles in an attempt to ride off the base. This started a life-long love affair with biking. While working as a lifeguard at three different aquatic centers in college, she became car-free after finding out how easily she could ride her bike to each job. Prior to joining C.I.C.L.E. as its director, Vanessa served as a communications deputy for an L.A. city councilwoman, as a senior communications specialist with SEIU, and was a manager at Beverly Hills Pavilions. She has volunteered previously at C.I.C.L.E. events and coordinated the Safe Routes to Schools’ Walk to School Day at Micheltorena Elementary School. As a member of Silverlake’s Neighborhood Council Transportation Committee, she works to make Silverlake safer for pedestrians and bicyclists by building community support to install a much needed traffic light at the corner of Edgecliffe and Sunset.

In addition to volunteering for bike advocacy events like Bike to Work Day, Vanessa also bakes jalapeno and cheddar bagels for the hungry cyclists stopping by the pitstop or makes glazed and chocolate doughnuts for a bicycle shop’s anniversary. She has a Bachelors degree in English with a minor in Chemistry from Old Dominion University and a certificate in Baking and Patisserie from the Cordon Bleu in Pasadena.

She’s excited about continuing C.I.C.L.E.’s positive mission of bringing safe bicycling fun to everyone. You can find her riding her vintage Bridgestone at local fun rides, to local shops and delivering cinnamon rolls and chocolate orange scones. You can reach her at vanessa@cicle.org.

June 2014 News

Metro Sponsors “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride,” led by C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA!

odysseyThe actors are bicyclists. The stage is Balboa Lake. The story is The Odyssey.

On Saturday, June 21, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E.  along with Bike Odyssey LA, will lead a theatrical community bicycle event, “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride.”

As we pedal along, riders will be immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, reimagined in modern Los Angeles County.  Audiences will ride through Angeleno history transformed into Greek legends of craftiness and pride; replete with all the monsters, epic poetry, and sacrificial vegetables youbikeodyssey could ask for. This ride will make several stops throughout the Balboa Lake area to engage with fragments of this epic tale. Togas and/or laurel wreaths are encouraged!

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, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is under 7 miles and will return to the starting point at the conclusion of the ride.

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time: Meet at 6:00 p.m., the ride will leave promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will return to the starting location by 8 p.m.

Where: Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station

Westbound Address: 15430 W. Erwin St., Van Nuys, CA 91411

Eastbound Address: 15432 W. Erwin St., Van Nuys, CA 91411

Accessible by: Metro buses 154, 156/656, 164, 234, 236/237, 734

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, bike 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.

Recap: Bike Week Pasadena & Bike Week LA

metroguidedrideBike month has come and gone, but we hope its energy and impact continue on! We held eight incredible events last month and we hope you enjoyed every single one of them. The goal of Bike Month is provide a glimpse into what every day by bike can feel like and involve.

For Metro’s Bike Week LA, we rode to Temple City Park via Temple City’s brand new protected bike lane (map).  We also saw some of LA’s raddest murals to celebrate Union Station’s 75th anniversary on our Street Mural Ride.

Bike Week Pasadena

movie14From May 11th to May 19th, C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena hosted incredible events for the 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena.  We hope you enjoyed every single one. Here’s a day-by-day recap of the week:

On Sunday afternoon, C.I.C.L.E. kicked off the week with Bike Ed Day at Incycle Bicycles where participants learned street safety and basic bicycle maintenance skills.

 

tastetour14On Monday, over 175 riders zipped from one eatery to the next for the tastiest tour of Pasadena to date! We visited Tender Greens, Urth Caffe, Rounds Burgers, Whole Foods, and The Luggage Room. Thank you to each sponsor who literally fueled this event.

Tuesday, Shop by Bike Day, recognized bicyclists as important business patrons! Local Pasadena businesses offered discounts, freebies and other incentives to those on two wheels.

Bike Week dedicated Wednesday evening to women on two wheels during Women on Bikes Night. We rode to the Pasadena Cyclery for a workshop on Riding at Night, presented by Team LUNA Chix. Afterwards, participants headed straight for an all night Happy Hour at Sushi Roku.

On Thursday, bicyclists enjoyed the nationwide Bike to Work Day, including a pit-stop at City Hall for treats, tips and other goodies!

movenight14Over 140 participants had a two-wheeled adventure on Friday during the Bike-In Movie Night at Paseo Colorado! The Goonies was the perfect feature for an evening under the stars with free popcorn, giveaways and prizes all evening! Congrats to the newest owners of the REI Flyby Folding Bike and the New Belgium Bicycle Cruiser that we raffled off!

The week wrapped up with the Kaiser Permanente Ride, Roll  & Stroll with the Mayor on Saturday! This open-streets event transformed Pasadena into a giant playground for thousands of people, right before the Amgen Tour zipped by!

We could not have powered Bike Week Pasadena without the incredible and committed volunteers who came out to support every event throughout the week!

A special thanks to the Pasadena Department of Transportation for its partnership on Bike Week Pasadena for eight consecutive years.  Also thank you to this year’s headlining sponsors: Paseo Colorado, Playhouse District, One Colorado, New Belgium Brewing, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Whole Foods Market Arroyo, REI and Metro.

Upcoming Classes:

Adult Learn To Ride!

ltr614Have you always wanted to ride a bike, but never learned how?  We can help get you rolling!

Read what a participant said about C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride Class:

“This class was an amazing experience for me and I would certainly recommend the program to everyone who has always wanted to learn how to ride a bike but were scared they were too old to learn. The instructors were friendly and understanding; they adjusted to each individual and realized that we all have a different learning curve. I never thought I would have learned how to ride (since I am not a kid anymore) but this class has helped make my dream come true!” – Samira

Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014: 9am-11:00am at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Sunday, June 8th, 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 an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

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

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Bus Rapid Transit Lanes and Bikes

buslaneThe arrival of Bus Only lanes in LA is a pivotal point in our mobility history! Bus only lanes, or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes are just for buses, with a special, exclusive invitation for bikes as well!

What’s the point?

Zip along faster on BRT lanes! These lanes encourage folks to shift from car use to public transit and encourage bicycle use. BRT saves everyone time and gets you to wherever you need to go in a jiff! In Los Angeles, there are 53,000 daily boardings with 44% of those during rush hours, according to Streetsblog LA. The bus lanes save travel time and efficiently move folks along.

What about Bikes?

Bus Only Lanes, are just for buses during weekday morning and afternoon rush hours. From 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. transit buses enjoy exclusive use of the lane, with the exception of bikes and vehicles making right turns (approaching intersections). For bicyclists, there’s an open road ahead! The lane feels like an oversized bike lane through a major transit corridor. Or, need a break from riding? Bicyclists are perfectly positioned to pull over, pop their bikes on buses and take a breather at bus stops along the routes. Mobility options are at your fingertips!

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Advocate for Bike Lanes on North Figueroa. Have your voiceCICLEaction heard for a safe and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly North Figueroa.  Attend two upcoming Bike Lane Meetings with Councilman Cedillo’s Office:

Thursday, June 5th at 7pm – Highland Park Neighborhood Council agenda item. Attend and speak to show your support if you are a local resident.  Highland Park Senior Center, 6152 N. Figueroa Street

Thursday June 12th at 6pm – Councilman Cedillo is hosting a 2nd meeting for N. Figueora bike lanes. Bike Lane supporters are asked to wear GREEN! Franklin High School, 820 N Avenue 54, 90042

Sign a petition to support an ordnance to protect Pasadena’s vulnerable road users from harassment!  Pedestrians, bicyclists and those with limited mobility are at the greatest risk in the streets.  Let’s urge the city to take steps to ensure their safety and protect them from aggression and harassment.

Support a resident led campaign to create a bike and ped-friendly plaza in Granada Hills!  Read more about the project and sign the petition.

A.B. 1532, Vehicle Accidents:  Support this act to update the Vehicle Code, related to vehicle accidents. Learn more here.

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’

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

City Lites: 11th Annual Inner City Festival
Saturday,  June 7th, 2014, 11am to 6pm
Darby Park, 3400 W Arbor Vitae St.
Inglewood, CA 90305

Metro Sponsors “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride”
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 6pm to 8pm
Sepulveda basin, Van Nuys, CA

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

LA River Bike-In Movie
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 7pm to 10pm
LA State Historic Park

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April Showers Bring May Bike Month!

Celebrate LA County’s Newest Cycle Tracks in Temple City with the “Old Roots, New Routes” 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. 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.

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, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride, we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

This ride is under 4 miles and will return to the festival in time for participants to enjoy the remaining festivities.

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

Accessible by: Metro buses 78, 79, 266, 378, 487 and 489

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.

The Month of May brings Bike Week Pasadena!

bwplogo14May is here which means Bike Week Pasadena is back! We have back-to-back festivities and rides planned just for you. We invite you to explore Pasadena on two wheels May 11-17th! Bring a friend to any one (or all!) of our exciting (and FREE!) events! Consider reaching out to someone who is curious about excursions on two-wheels but may be looking for some extra encouragement!

We’ll be posting updates, freebies, giveaways, and discounts all month on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to keep an eye out! Here is what we have lined up:

We can’t wait to ride with you this month! Thanks for supporting C.I.C.L.E. and active transportation in Pasadena (and beyond!).  If you’d like to volunteer and help make Bike Week Pasadena happen, please consider joining our team as a volunteer Ride Leader! We’d love to have you! Sign up here.

Sunday, May 11th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Bike Ed Day

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Drop by for a basic bicycle maintenance workshop to learn bicycle fixes and get informed about Traffic Safety with a dynamic presentation!

Location: Incycle Bicycles 175 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Monday, May 12th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: A Taste of Pasadena Ride (Restaurant Tour by Bike!)

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Join C.I.C.L.E. and build up an appetite to sample Pasadena’s finest dishes! This event is sure to please your taste buds and fill your tummy! We’ll cruise along to the Pasadena Playhouse restaurants, Whole Foods, and the Luggage Room Pizzeria for the most delicious tour you’ve ever pedaled through!

Location: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave & Holly St.)

What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order, a lock and plenty of night lights. 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.

window_cling_BWPTuesday, May 13th: Shop by Bike Day

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Roll into Pasadena shops and businesses for Pasadena’s first Buy By Bike Day! Participating business will be offering discounts and incentives for local customers eager to start shopping by bike!  Discount page.

 

Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Women on Bikes Night (Ride & Bicycle Clinic)

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Join C.I.C.L.E. for a women-focused social ride and workshop! Riders will take to the streets of Pasadena and roll over to Pasadena Cyclery for a safety clinic with Team Luna Chix. Learn important bicycling tips and polish up your night riding skills! The evening will end with a post-event social gathering at a restaurant.

Location: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave & Holly St.)

What to Bring: Same as list under A Taste of Pasadena Ride

Thursday, May 15th, 6:30 am – 8:30 am: Bike to Work Day

Stop at City Hall to learn about bike routes, meet other bicycle commuters, and relax with some yummy treats.

Location:  Pasadena City Hall (Euclid Ave Entrance, backside of City Hall)

Friday, May 16th, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Bike-In Movie Night

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Hey you guys & gals! Ride over to the big screen to catch The Goonies for Bike Week’s ever-popular Bike-In Movie! Ride with us to Paseo Colorado for an outdoor screening, snacks and a bicycle raffle (including an REI Flyby Folding Bike and a New Belgium Bicycle Cruiser!). Bring along your friends, family or a special date for an evening of pedal-powered action and adventure!

Location: Meet at Caltech’s Beckman Lawn, 440 South Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA (between Del Mar Blvd & San Pasqual St.)

What to Bring: Same as list under A Taste of Pasadena Ride

Saturday, May 17th, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm: Kaiser Permanente Ride, Roll & Stroll and Bike Ride with the Mayor

Invite your friends with the Facebook event!

RRSThe Kaiser Permanente Ride, Roll & Stroll is an open-streets bike ride that will attract several thousand families on bikes and foot and will feature an organized bike ride with Mayor Bill Bogaard in celebration of the final day of Bike Week Pasadena. After the ride, plan to stay and watch the Amgen Tour of California, cycling’s most prestigious professional road race in the US!

Location: City Hall, 100 N Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

 

Recap: L.A. County Metro Sponsors The Street Mural Ride, led by C.I.C.L.E.!

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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, led approximately 100 bicyclists on “The Street Mural Ride” as part of Union Station’s 75th Anniversary celebration. The 6-mile route looped through the Arts District, Self Help Graphics and El Pueblo. At each stop, an expert or an artist provided a unique and in-depth description of each mural.

A huge thanks to staff and volunteers from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles who provided detailed and dynamic background throughout the ride and to all of our incredible ride leaders for ensuring smooth sailing throughout the day! So many people put in time and energy in many different ways to create such a dynamic event. If you’d like to be a part of our volunteer team, please sign up here!

streetmuralrideRoute Map for the The Street Mural Ride

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!

 

 

trafficbasicsUpcoming Classes:

Bike Week Pasadena  Bike Ed Day!

Raise your bike IQ with a bicycle maintenance class with Incycle and a Traffic Safety presentation by C.I.C.L.E.  Learn best practices for riding in the streets, how to change a flat tire, accident avoidance tips, and more!

Sunday, May 11th, 2014: 10am-12:30pm Incycle Pasadena

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.

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Bicycle Repair Stations

repairstationFour new Bicycle Repair Stations have hit the streets of Los Angeles! Keep an eye out for these super helpful installations.

What are Bicycle Repair Stations?

Bicycle repair stations, (in Los Angeles, part of the Bicycle Friendly Business Program), provide extra amenities to support and encourage bicycling! When you’re in a pinch and need some air or tools, these handy installations, scattered throughout Los Angeles, are available to you to keep you moving along throughout the city!
 

What do they offer?

  • No charge! Bicycle Repair Stations are free for the public to use.
  • Tools! For basic repairs, the stations include: a tire lever, Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, Allen keys, wrenches (sizes 8, 10, 15, 32 mm)
  • Air! A heavy-duty pump is available, for extra or to fill up a flat.
  • Directions! Because, what good are tools without knowing how to use them?

 

Where are they located in Los Angeles?

  • 1731 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles 90041, sponsored by Organix
  • 5125 York Blvd., Los Angeles, 90042, sponsored by The Hermosillo
  • Sunset Triangle Plaza next to 1521 Griffith Park Blvd., sponsored by Pine and Crane
  • 4343 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, sponsored by Kaos Network

 

Learn more about at the LADOT Bike Blog!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Community Meeting on Proposed North Fig Bike Lanes
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6pm
3311 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065)

BikeSGV Open House Social
Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 7:00pm
3120 Tyler Ave, El Monte, CA 9173

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

CycloFemme Los Anegeles
Sunday, May 11th at 9am
200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena
May 11th – 17th, 2014
Pasadena, CA

Bike Week Los Angeles
May 12-18th, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

Empowering Local Advocates: An LACBC Workshop Series
May 31st, 2014: at 10am
634 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

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.

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April 2014 News

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

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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.

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March 2014 News

ArtNight Pasadena, by Bike!

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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!

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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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