We’re Hiring! Seeking Creative Web Developer/SEO Engineer

Description: Web Developer/SEO Engineer

Hiring for new position at bicycle organization as Website Developer/SEO EngineerCyclists Inciting Change through LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a Los Angeles based not-for-profit helping riders of all ages and skill levels use bicycles for everyday transportation. We believe that bicycling can improve our health, build community, save us money, and protect our environment, all while being fun!

C.I.C.L.E. seeks a creative Web Developer/SEO Engineer to create a new website for our organization. The website serves as a platform to access resources, register for programming, and promote events. We aim to have a site that is fresh, creative, and easy to navigate in order to increase the organization’s visibility, impact and reach. This is a contract position. The ideal candidate is a bicycle aficionado who can seamlessly integrate a passion for two wheels into their work and creativity.

Web Developer Job Purpose: The Web Developer/SEO Engineer is responsible for designing, coding, implementing and maintaining a new website, from layout to function, according to C.I.C.L.E’s specifications. The Web Developer will create a visually appealing site that features user-friendly design and clear navigation.

 

Web Developer/SEO Engineer Job Duties and Expectations:

  • Regular collaboration with C.I.C.L.E. staff, as well as the authority and scope to apply your expertise to many technical challenges.
  • Candidate must have a strong understanding of UI, cross-browser compatibility, general web functions and standards.
  • The position requires in-person communication with C.I.C.L.E. staff in Los Angeles.
  • Ensure that all design elements, templates and finished solutions work within a variety of browser types and screen settings along with the constraints set by development and design.
  • Work with staff on style and approach for all components.
  • Provide design elements, templates and finished solutions.
  • Deep expertise and hands on experience with Web Applications and programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery and API’s.
  • Deep functional knowledge or hands on design experience with Web Services is needed to be successful in this position.
  • Strong grasp of security principles and how they apply to E-Commerce applications.
  • Basic understanding of how search engines and their spiders index and rank websites.
  • Experience with URL rewrites.

Skills/Qualifications:

WordPress, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Web Programming Skills, E-Commerce, Teamwork, Verbal Communication, cross-browser compatibility, Web User Interface Design (UI), Security Principles, Object-Oriented Design, Web Services (REST/SOAP), Multimedia Content Development, API’s, SEO

Required Experience:

  1. Four to five years of experience in web-based graphic design or web interface design
  2. Degree in graphic design, art or related field or equivalent academic and work experience

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, salary history and three examples of completed website projects to bike@cicle.org, in a single PDF (with links to websites) by Friday, March 6th at 5 p.m. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. C.I.C.L.E. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and people with disabilities. Candidates are encouraged to submit application materials early.

How to reach us:

C.I.C.L.E. 
4610 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Box #1001
Los Angeles, California 90041

323-509-4905
bike@cicle.org
www.CICLE.org

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January Newsletter

Up Next: Love Your Hood Ride, Led by Bikesan@s del Valle!

Bikesan@sOn Saturday, January 24, Bikesan@s del Valle, along with C.I.C.L.E., will bring the “Love Your Hood” ride (sponsored by Metro) to the North East San Fernando Valley. The ride will start at Lake View Terrace Library and make several stops, including stopping by rad murals and Pacoima City Hall for refreshments, and will end at the Pacoima Wash Natural Park. This event aims to familiarize riders with this creative and beloved community by exploring historical sites, trails and new additions.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time: Meet at 12 p.m., ride leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m.Los Muertos

Location: Lake View Terrace Library

12002 Osborne Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

More info here.

Top design by Design by Manny Velazquez

 

 Save The Date! C.I.C.L.E.’s Annual Tweed Ride is Back!

Calling all dashing, distinguished, and dapper bicyclists! On Sunday, March 1st, C.I.C.L.E.’s  annual Tweed ride returns! Lock in this date and join us for this cherished, old-timey adventure! More details to come, keep an eye out for updates.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: TBD

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Looking Back: SHOP-RIDE-NELA + Ribbon Cutting, a historic event!

From Highland Park to Eagle Rock, we rode along York and Colorado Boulevards to shop and support local businesses by bike. After arriving on Colorado we grabbed a front row seat (saddle!) to inaugurate the Bicycle Friendly Business District’s bicycle corral with ribbon cutting by Councilmember Huizar! Enjoy the photos below from this historic moment (and see more here!).

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Volunteer Spotlight: Get to Know Joni Yung

Joni & street signsWe have an awesome team of volunteers who share their time, energy, and love for bicycles with us every month. Joni Yung is one of these rockstars. We asked her a few questions about volunteering and this is what she had to share:

Why do you bike and what do you love about it?

I live in very bike-friendly Santa Monica, so getting around town on bike is a no-brainer — I don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic nor dealing with parking (or worse yet, parking tickets), and I always seem to run into friends while I’m cruising along the numerous bike lanes. Riding a bike gives me a sense of freedom, community and being kind to the environment. It’s also a great way to get in even more exercise when I’m not running or in a yoga class. More calories burned means more chocolate!

Joni the valetHow and why did you link up with C.I.C.L.E.?

I first heard about C.I.C.L.E. after I read about their bike+food rides in the Pasadena area. Not wanting to make the long trek from the westside, I kept them on my radar and finally got a chance to join them on the Santa Monica Museum of Arts’ Tour da Arts ride. I was hooked ever since!

Any fun bike facts about yourself?

My pink mixte with its prayer flags is somewhat of a celebrity that’s spotted at every CicLAvia and outside yoga studios and all the best donut shops in town. Follow its exploits on twitter at @ayogist.

Our volunteer team is always growing! Volunteer with us by signing up here. No experience necessary, we’d love to train you!

 Upcoming Classes: Learn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!

Traffic basics crewHave you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on a bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, snag a spot (and a bike!) early. Need-based fee waivers are available. Contact bike@cicle.org for information.

Sunday, January 18, 2015:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

Sunday, January 18, 2015:

New rider from LTR11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! C.I.C.L.E. now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one class at your convenience (bicycle included). Register here if you’d prefer to fly solo!

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. After, we’ll head out to the streets for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice. Be sure to bring your bike!

Saturday, February 21, 2015:

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cal Tech Y. This class is FREE but registration is required.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015: 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cal Tech Y. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Learn to Ride Class Gift Certificates are here!

Grab one for that person you’ve always wanted to ride with but they’ve never learned how!

Gift Certificates for Private Sessions and Group Classes are available.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsInterested in supporting organizing efforts for bike lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hils? Sign the LACBC’s petition for a world-class street!

Looking for a new gig? We’re hiring! We are looking for a super creative website developer to give our website a much needed makeover! Contact us at bike@cicle.org if you think you may be the perfect fit for us!

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!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet)

Beverly Hills “Greenway” Proposal Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Love Your Hood Ride, led by Bikesan@s del Valle (sponsored by Metro) Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 12 p.m.

Ride 4 Love, led by the East Side Riders Bike Club (sponsored by Metro) Saturday, February 15, 2015 @ 12 p.m.

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run and Bike Ride Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 7 am.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Annual Tweed Ride + Fundraiser Sunday, March 1, 2015 @ 10 am.

 

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October Newsletter

Coming Up: “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween,” Sponsored by Metro!

mario brother riderHalloween has long been a walking holiday; enjoy the entire day without a car and swap four wheels for two to visit the Harbor area’s annual waterfront event!

On Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, will lead a costumed bicycle ride, “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween!” From Banning Park, participants will ride to the Happy Harbor Halloween festival at the Port of Los Angeles for waterfront festivities, performances, games and more. Local leaders will highlight creative street murals and other community gems along the way. Grab a front row seat/saddle for this festive event for all ages. Capes and costumes encouraged, for both you and your bike!

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: Meet at 10 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m. The ride will return to the starting location by 1 p.m.

Where: 401 E. M Street (at Cary Avenue), Banning Park, Wilmington, CA 90744

Sneak Peek: LA Explorers Club Presents Keep LA Beautiful – Westside Edition!

LA Explorers club logoFor the second installment of “Keep LA Beautiful,” the LA Explorers Club will be hosting a 9 mile, one way pedal from the heart of beautiful Culver City into Venice and Marina del Rey. They will be connecting beautiful landmarks and greenspace, and stopping to share some history and stories along the way. Ride meets at City Tavern from 2:30-4 pm for registration, beers, and mingle time. Ride ends at Tony P’s on Admiralty Way in Marina Del Rey at 6:30 pm.

Tickets required. $10 ticket includes two New Belgium Brewing beers and a limited edition ride patch. $20 ticket includes Los Angeles Explorers Club membership, $3 off future rides, 3 New Belgium beers, and limited edition ride patch.

Register before the last ticket is scooped up!

Looking Back: Glendale: “The Jewel City Tour,” a delicious adventure!

On Saturday, September 27, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. and Walk Bike Glendale led over 100 cyclists through the blazing streets of Glendale during the “Jewel City Tour.” Riders met at the Glendale Metrolink Station and took off to visit three spots. After hundreds of waves, smiles and bell rings to and from passing pedestrians, we stopped at Porto’s Bakery. We were personally welcomed and listened to a truly heartfelt history of the bakery. Riders enjoyed freebie pastries (including our favorite Cheese Rolls)! Afterwards, we walked over to the infamous Alex Theatre for another unique welcome and history. Finally, we zipped over to Golden Road Brewing, passing by the gorgeous Glendale Narrows along the way. At the brewery, riders enjoyed an insider’s tour of the brewery and cooled off with some tasty treats.

As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer squad of Ride Leaders. Want to join this awesome group of folks? Sign up here, we’d love to have you!

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Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema

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Pedaling Backward: LA Explorers Club Ride: Keep LA Beautiful – Connecting the LA Greenbelt

Justino Garcia, CICLE’s very own EMT, provides a guest recap of the day:

Nervous to embark on our first ride conspicuously billed as “Advanced,” I bit the bullet and attended. Our five volunteers seemed more at ease than I. I hung back at every hill for the admittedly brand new/slightly rusty riders, but they managed to push far beyond my silent expectations with an enthusiasm that carried the rear packs all the way through to the end. It also helped that the weather was idyllic and fresh. Wilshire was kind as fate would have it. No expendable supplies were used, mechanical nor medical, so I’d call the mission a success!

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Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema

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Spotlight: Conrad Vios, Ride Leader Extraordinaire!

Conrad ViosC.I.C.L.E. has some amazing volunteers. Meet Conrad Vios, one of our superstar Ride Leaders (also known as a Leader of the Pack!). Conrad has been volunteering with C.I.C.L.E. since 2007, when he rode with the organization’s co-founders, Liz and Shay. At the time, C.I.C.L.E.’s previous Director, Dan Dabek, was supporting the organization as a volunteer as well. Conrad took took Dan under his wing, as he has done with numerous new volunteers, and has since remained one of the most thoughtful, supportive and committed volunteers.

Our volunteer Pack Leaders organically create a supportive community among each other and for ride participants. Conrad’s investment in the bicycling community in Los Angeles (and beyond!) is inspiring to be around and we’re so happy to have him around.

 

Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema

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Know Your Infrastructure: Greening Alleyways and Open Space

Greening AlleywaysWould you rather walk through an abandoned alleyway or a beautiful one with lighting, art, and native plants? When an empty lot or an alleyway is transformed into an inviting, functional space with greenery, it becomes a green connector between the places you need to go, like home, school, the neighbor’s house or the market.

Greening efforts reduce pollution by absorbing rainwater and runoff into the ground instead of into the sewer system. And, on hot days, these spaces can literally decrease temperatures using reflective surfaces that don’t conduct additional heat.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

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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 a bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, snag a spot early.

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 9:00 am- 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! CICLE now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one class at your convenience (bicycle included). Register here.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsLooking 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!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

2014 Los Angeles Bike & Pedestrian Corridor Count: Tuesday, October 7 – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walktober – Walk to School Days: Events throughout October @ Schools throughout Los Angeles County

Civic Action and Community Voice in South LA Panel: Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 6 pm

Pacoima Mural Walking Tour – Celebrate LA Mural Day!: Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 10 am

Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal: Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 10 am

Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween: Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 10 am

Designing the Ditch – Connecting Pasadena Visioning Workshop: Sunday, October 25, 2014 @ 9 am

LA Explorers Club Presents: Keep LA Beautiful – Westside: Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

New Urbanism Film Festival: November 6 – 9, 2014

Save the Date: November Metro Sponsored Ride: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 9 am

Save the Date: Feeder Ride to CicLAvia: Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 am

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February News is Here!

Up Next: Ride 4 Love, Led by East Side Riders BC & Los Ryderz, with C.I.C.L.E., sponsored by Metr


Ride 4 Love

On Saturday, February 14, through a sponsorship by Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz, with C.I.C.L.E., invite you to “Ride 4 Love,” an annual bicycle ride highlighting community love.

The ride will travel through southeast communities, including Watts, Florence-Firestone, South Gate and Lynwood, making stops at the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, Watts Towers, AM/PM and the world-famous Elizabeth’s Bakery. The first 50 participants to arrive will receive a commemorative “Ride 4 Love” t-shirt, generously designed and produced by those leading and organizing the ride.

During the last stop, participants are welcome to visit the Watts Towers Arts Center and Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center to view the exhibition, “50 YEARS AND I STILL CAN’T BREATHE”, and hear the site’s history.

This free ride is open and accessible to all experience levels, leisurely-paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the event. This 8-mile ride is fully supported and led by trained Ride Leaders, volunteers and a certified EMT.

See more info on C.I.C.L.E.’s website and RSVP on Facebook.

Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches returns with New Belgium’s Slow Ride Sideshow!


Slow Ride SideshowLadies and gents, dress in your finest and roll through time with other dashing, distinguished, and dapper bicyclists during C.I.C.L.E.’s annual Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride! On Sunday, March 1st, join us for this cherished, old-timey adventure through northeast Los Angeles! We will make two stops to visit 1920’s architectural gems and will end the ride at the Verdugo Bar for New Belgium’s Slow Ride Sideshow, a performance involving comedy, entertainment, competition and more. C.I.C.L.E. will raffle off a shiney New Belgium Cruiser, among other things.

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Participants will enjoy a curated bicycle ride, competitions (Best Dressed, etc.),pint specials, raffle prizes, a food truck and the Slow Ride Sideshow, hosted by the dynamic duo, SSSsnakeand Steiny (from the infamous Tour de Fat!).

More details to come, keep an eye out for updates on our website and on Facebook.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Starting Location: TBD

Ending Location: Verdugo Bar

Looking Back: Love Your Neighborhood Ride, Led by Bikesan@s del Valle

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C.I.C.L.E. teamed up with Bikesan@s del Valle on January 24th to organize the “Love Your Neighborhood” ride, sponsored by Metro. Almost 100 bicyclists rode from the Lake View Terrace Library near Hansen Dam to several stops including Roger JessupPark Commuinty Garden, BLVD Bike Shop, Pacoima Beautiful and Pacoima City Hall, and the Cesar Chavez Memorial. At each stop, speakers, artists and community leaders, including Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, discussed local history, art and community plans.Numerous flats and strong head winds didn’t stop us from finishing an incredible ride. The group arrived at the final stop at Pacoima Wash Natural Park for powerful and energizing musical performances and a local art walk bursting with creativity.

Bikesan@s del Valle were great partners to collaborate with. A huge thanks to our committed volunteer Ride Leaders for keeping things running smoothly. To join our team, please sign up here or email bike@cicle.org!

We’re Hiring! Are you a creative Web Developer/SEO Engineer that will transform C.I.C.L.E.’s website?

Hiring

C.I.C.L.E. seeks a creative Web Developer/SEO Engineer to create a new website for our organization. The website serves as a platform to access resources, register for programming, and promote events. We aim to have a site that is fresh, creative, and easy to navigate in order to increase the organization’s visibility, impact and reach. This is a contract position.  The ideal candidate is a bicycle aficionado who can seamlessly integrate a passion for two wheels into their work and creativity.

The Web Developer/SEO Engineer is responsible for designing, coding, implementing and maintaining a new website, from layout to function, according to C.I.C.L.E’s specifications. The Web Developer/SEO Engineer will create a visually appealing site that features user-friendly design and clear navigation.

If this sounds like your dream gig, learn more about the position and apply here.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!):

Learn To Ride

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on a bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, snag a spot (and a bike!) early. Please ask about our need-based fee waivers. Contact bike@cicle.org for information.

Sunday, February 15, 2015:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! C.I.C.L.E. now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one

class at your convenience (biltr2cycle included). Register here if you’d prefer to fly solo!

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. After, we’ll head out to the streets for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice. Be sure to bring your bike.

Saturday, February 21, 2015:

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cal Tech Y. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Gift Certificates are here! Grab a Learn to Ride Gift Certificate for that person you’ve always wanted to ride with, but they never learned how!

Gift Certificates for Group Classes are available. For Private Session, please contact julia@cicle.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Los Angeles Introduces Citywide Hit and Run System: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m.

Ride 4 Love, led by the East Side Riders Bike Club & Los Ryderz BC: (sponsored by Metro) Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 10 a.m.

Kiddical Mass: Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 9 a.m.

Westside Urban Form: Shifting Gears, Bicycle Mobility on the Westside: Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 7 a.m.

Women Bike, Women Lead: A social conference for women transforming their communities through bikes: Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 10 a.m.

Live – Ride – Share: Shared-Use Mobility Conference: Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 8 a.m.

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run and Bike Ride: Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 7 a.m.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Annual Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride + New Belgium’s Slow Ride Sideshow: Sunday, March 1, 2015 @  12:30 p.m.

2015 National Bike Summit: March 10 – 12, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsvolunteerLooking 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!

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

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December Newsletter

Coming Up: CicLAvia South LA Feeder Ride

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CicLAvia is back! Do you live near John Adams Middle School? C.I.C.L.E. will be leading a feeder ride, in partnership with Safe Routes to School, to CicLAvia’s Central Avenue Hub this Sunday, December 7th! Enjoy the ride and then break off on your own to explore all that CicLAvia South LA has to offer!

Before the ride, we’ll share tips and tricks and rules of the road to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is 1.7 miles long (so you have plenty of energy for the rest of this magical day of open streets!).
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Time: Meet at 8 a.m., ride leaves promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Where: John Adams Middle School

151 W. 30th Street, Los Angeles CA

More info here.

Coming Up: SHOP – RIDE – NELA Holiday Edition 

NELA BFBDThe Northeast LA Bicycle Friendly Business District will sponsor a bicycle corral opening and shop local holiday ride with support from C.I.C.L.E.! Riders will meet at Metro’s Highland Park Train Station a quick demo on shopping by bike to make scooping up wintertime goodies smooth and seemless. We’ll escort participants to shops on York Blvd. and then onto Colorado Blvd. where Councilman Jose Huizar will officially dedicate the new bike corral with a ribbon cutting in front of Big Mama’s Pizzeria.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Highland Park Metro Station

151 North Avenue 57, Los Angeles

More details here.

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#GivingTuesday: Help Keep C.I.C.L.E. Rollin’!

A little support goes a long way!

A little support goes a long way!

Remember what you love about bicycling–the freedom, joy and the accomplishment coming from using your own power to move about in the world.

On this #GivingTuesday consider giving some of the joy and energy that you receive from bicycling back to C.I.C.L.E. by volunteering as a ride leader or photographer at one of our community bicycle rides. Give the same joy and energy to others while you help them experience the fun and freedom cycling brings. Want to discover a new part of LA County, meet new people and have fun while doing it? Check out our website for our upcoming community rides. The only requirement is to bring your enthusiasm and be ready to assist others to enjoy a fun, memorable time exploring our county.

Don’t have time to volunteer? Your donation of $10, $20 or whatever you can share 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.

-Vanessa Gray, Executive Director at C.I.C.L.E.

C.I.C.L.E. is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit www.saveourplanet.org for more information

The Perfect Gift: Learning to Ride!

Gift CertEvery month we have folks join us at our Learn to Ride classes for different reasons. Some want to cross off learning to ride a bike from their bucket list, others made a new year’s resolution to learn to ride, some need a way to move through the city for errands, and sometimes participants just want to be able to join their buds or their kids on a two-wheeled adventure.
We have Gift Certificates available to help make any of these goals happen! We invite you to give the gift of learning to ride a bike. C.I.C.L.E. offers gift certificates for group classes and individual, private lessons. Whichever you’d like, we want to support your favorite folks by helping them learn to ride (and creating future adventures for both of you!). Group Learn to Ride Gift Certificates are available here ($40 value)! We also now have Private Learn to Ride Class Gift Certificates ($130 value)! Contact bike@cicle.org with any questions.

 Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!)

ltrfeature3Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on a bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, snag a spot (and a bike!) early.

Sunday, January 18, 2015: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!
Sunday, January 18, 2015: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! C.I.C.L.E. now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one class at your convenience (bicycle included). Register here.

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 LTRgroup-1safety. After, we’ll head out to the streets for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice. Be sure to bring your bike!

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cal Tech Y. This class is FREE but registration is required.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsLooking 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!

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Unity and Solidarity Festival - Boyle Heights Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 10 a.m.
C.I.C.L.E. + SRTS: Feeder Ride to CicLAvia Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

CicLAvia: South LA Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 a.m.

SHOP – RIDE – NELA Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 9:30 a.m.
Walk Bike Glendale Presents: 2014 Holiday Bike Ride Sunday, December 14, 2014 @ 5 p.m.

Save the Date: Love Your Hood Ride, led by Bikesan@s del Valle (sponsored by Metro) Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 12 p.m.

 

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November Newsletter

Coming Up: NELA Bicycle Corral Ribbon Cutting + Ride with NELA BFBD

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Start the holiday season off on two wheels!

Northeast LA Bicycle Friendly Business District will sponsor a bicycle corral opening and shop local holiday ride with support from C.I.C.L.E.! Riders will meet at Metro’s Highland Park Train Station with tips and tricks on shopping by bike and ways to lock your bike and keep it safe. We’ll escort participants to shops on York Blvd and then onto Colorado Blvd. where Councilman Jose Huizar will officially dedicate the new bike corral with a ribbon cutting in front of Big Mama’s Pizzeria.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Highland Park Metro Station

151 North Avenue 57, Los Angeles
More details here.

Photo Source: LADOT Bike Program Facebook Page

Looking Back: “Pedal to the Port – A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween” – A Spooky Adventure!

wilmington group rideOn Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, led over 80 clowns, pirates and ghosts through Wilmington during, “Pedal to the Port!” From Banning Park, riders zipped along California’s densest network of bike lanes to visit the Happy Harbor Halloween festival. Along the way, participants visited powerful community murals and the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. At the Happy Harbor Halloween festival at the Port of Los Angeles, riders enjoyed music, games and more.
This amazing short video shows it all, thanks to Johnny from Milestone Rides.
As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer squad of Ride Leaders. Want to join this awesome group of folks? Sign up here, we’d love to have you!

The Power of Learning to Ride: Karyn, Los Angeles’s Newest Rider

KarynA few weeks ago, Karyn learned to ride for the first time. Here’s what she shared with us:
I remember trying to ride a bike for a brief time in my childhood, but giving up rather quickly – deciding I didn’t have the balance and coordination required. In my youth, not knowing how to ride a bike was a secret shame… I would come up with creative diversions when friends suggested riding bikes. Not knowing how to ride gnawed at me throughout my adulthood – in my head it symbolized the ultimate obstacle – that thing I had to do to prove to myself that if I could learn to ride – I could overcome just about anything.

Three months ago my husband and I learned that our young adult daughter’s rare cancer recurred. It’s a diagnosis that will require great strength from our entire family. It’s a diagnosis that can make one feel helpless – not always knowing what is under our control and what is not. To prepare for the fight ahead – I needed to do something personal and important to give me the strength, confidence, and reminder that there is much under my control. I knew it was time to learn to ride a bike.
My C.I.C.L.E. class was fantastic. My bones felt very creaky and tired, but I was determined, and the step-by-step guidance made it easy and natural. Before my first attempt at actually riding, I put all my thoughts on my daughter and reminded myself that I absolutely have to succeed. By the end of the two hour class, I was pedaling and able to ride several feet. I cannot put into words what that meant to me. I was pedaling, gliding and feeling empowered. Determined not to lose the momentum, I got myself a bike the next day and rode just a bit farther a few nights during that week (with my supportive husband at my side). This evening, exactly one week after my lesson – I rode around the block, and could have kept on riding had the sun not been setting.
It is not an exaggeration to say that decades worth of doubt were overcome in just two short hours. It was among the most important and empowering two hours I’ve ever spent.

Fly solo or learn with teammates! C.I.C.L.E. now offers both group Learn to Ride classes and private, one-on-one sessions.

Know Your Infrastructure: Neighborhood Greenways

GreenwaysTired of speedy, cut-through traffic in your neighborhood? Don’t fear, Neighborhood Greenways are here! Residents, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safely share these unique streets. Neighborhood Greenways are quiet, pleasant streets with fewer, slower vehicles moving through. Traffic “calming” efforts (like traffic circles, or roundabouts, traffic diverters and speed bumps) slow down cut-through motor vehicles and re-direct traffic onto main streets. Imagine an hourglass that allows bicyclists and pedestrians to flow through at intersections; cars however, just don’t fit. Instead, vehicles are diverted to busier main streets.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

LTRLearn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!)

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014: 9:00 am- 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!
Sunday, November 16, 2014: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! C.I.C.L.E. now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one class at your convenience (bicycle included). Register here.

 

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsLooking 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!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Los Angeles Walks: Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk November 15, 2014 @ 10 am

Bici Paseo y Accion in Boyle Heights November 16, 2014 @ 11 am

Save the Date: Feeder Ride to CicLAvia Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 am

CicLAvia: South LA Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 am

 

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September Newsletter

Coming Up: Glendale: The Jewel City Tour, Sponsored by Metro!

Jewel City TourOn Saturday, September 27, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. and Walk Bike Glendale will lead a delicious and bedazzled bicycle ride, “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour.” Riders will pedal to the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. The ride will return to the starting location by 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glendale Metrolink Station
400 W. Cerritos Avenue.
Glendale CA 91204

Sneak Peek: LA Explorers Club Presents Keep LA Beautiful: Connecting the LA Greenbelt!

MacArthur ParkSometimes we all need a little reminder to look up and see the beauty. And we happen think the bike seat is a great way to soak it all in.  We hope you do too!

The “Keep LA Beautiful” ride will knit a beautiful bike route to connect LA city parks together, traversing from East LA to Koreatown. Starting with the once glamorous East Lake Park, now known as Lincoln Park, and ending at historic West Lake Park a.k.a. MacArthur Park, we’ll add in several other greenish brown canopies and open spaces into the tour. The route, 10-11 miles, will also include the hills around Elysian Park and Echo Park. This ride will be an advanced ride, with plenty of stops but less “tour-guiding,” and space will be limited, so grab your ticket early. Learn more here.

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 2:30 pm, depart at 4 pm. The ride will end at 6:30 pm.
Starting Location: Barbara’s at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave. #110 Los Angeles CA 90031

Ending Location: Beer Belly
532 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles CA 90020

Register before the last ticket is scooped up!

Looking Back: Tour da Arts, vol. 6, a Creative Success!

SMMoA1SMMoA3SMMoA2Over 200 bicyclists toured the streets of Santa Monica on Sunday, August 24th for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s annual Tour da Arts! The nine-mile community bicycle ride included dynamic music and movement at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club with Anna Oxygen, the raddest shadow performance imaginable with artist Miwa Matreyek that literally blew us away, and our favorite street theater performers, Bike Odyssey LA, who brought us back to Homer’s Odyssey. The day overflowed with creativity, energy, ooh’s and ahh’s.

As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer squad of Ride Leaders and Paparazzi! Support bikes in LA! Volunteer here.

Photo Credit: Team Venice Paparazzi
venicepaparazzi.com

Pedaling Backwards: LA Explorers Club Ride: Hollywood History and Lore

Hollywood Culture2On Saturday, August 30, the LA Explorers Club, a band of curious, urban adventurers in search of secret places, treasures, stories and legends, introduced over 150 bicyclists to the early history and lore of Hollywood! Riders enjoyed cold brews at the Cat and Fiddle Pub before heading off into the depths of Hollywood’s secrets, scandals and mysteries, on two wheels. Esotouric curated the stops, sharing the deepest secrets and little known facts imaginable. Blue Palms Brewhouse was the perfect last stop for brews and grub. For more information and to snag your tickets and swag for the next ride, visit: laexplorersclub.com.

A huge thanks to the LA Explorers Club and New Belgium Brewing for curating such an awesome event. Thanks to our awesome squad of volunteer Ride Leaders who kept over 150 riders safe, together and happy! We’d love to have you join our volunteer team!

Photo Credit: marcitzema.com

Spotlight: Ramona Montayne, Ride Leader Extraordinaire!

RamonaC.I.C.L.E. has some amazing volunteers. Meet Ramona Montayne, one of our superstar Ride Leaders. As we build community among volunteers, Ramona’s thoughtfulness and investment shine brightly. We asked her a few questions about bikes and this is what she shared:

How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

I am not “trapped” in a plastic/metal structure! I feel the wind on my face and blowing through my hair; life is not filtered through an electronic window. No matter what I encounter, I am in the moment all because I ride a bicycle rather than drive a car.

What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

The death of a fellow cyclist. I didn’t know him, I don’t know what happened. Regardless of what the circumstances were, this should never happen. I have been hit too; it was fortunate that I was not seriously injured. I wanted to know how to handle these situations for myself and then pass the information along to beginning riders and seasoned riders.

What advice do you have for newer riders?

Since I consider myself a “new” rider; I’m not sure I have a lot to offer. I would suggest that new riders join a pro-active cycling group that is willing to teach them riding etiquette and that has adequate mentors who are patient and knowledgeable about cycling, the cycling community, and what is happening to promote road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Also, to learn as much as they can from veteran riders. Listening to riders who have “been there and done that” is an invaluable resource!

Upcoming Classes:

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 9:00 am- 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

 

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 6, 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!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Community Meeting: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Bridge: Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

LA Explorers Club Presents: Keep LA Beautiful: Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

Glendale: The Jewel City Tour, Sponsored by Metro: Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9:30 am

CicLAvia: The Heart of LA: Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am

 

 

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C.I.C.L.E. August 2014 News

Coming Up: Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is here!

couple cyclingOn Sunday, August 24th, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s annual Tour da Arts returns with vol. 6! The Museum’s free, all day bicycle festival and tour welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy art, music and dazzling performances.  C.I.C.L.E. will lead a nine-mile community bicycle ride with unique sights and sounds with stops at John Adams Middle School for a live shadow performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; interactive music and movement concert with Anna Oxygen at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club; and a street theater performance at the Museum by Bike Odyssey LA to relive Homer’s Odyssey.

Grab your bike, slather on some sunscreen and enjoy a truly unique and creative bill of bicycle-themed entertainment and creativity!

Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014Bike Odyssey troupe
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Registration: Participation is free and open to all ages; riders must register at smmoa.org/tourdaarts.

See the full schedule of events here.

 

Sneak Peak: LA Explorers Club: Early Hollywood Lore and Culture Ride!

explorers club logoThe LA Explorers Club, with C.I.C.L.E., is partnering with LA history experts, Esotouric, for this special bike ride through Hollywood’s Culture and Lore. Esotouric is an actual tour company that knows the dirty secrets of LA and we are so happy to be collaborating for their first bike tour.

Here’s the synopsis: Floods of actors arrived in Hollywood for a chance at the bright lights.  We’ll explore their dreams and desires for fame and the tragedies that plagued them along the way.  You’ll see Hollywood with new eyes and intriguing new stories to share during barstool conversations.

Meet with your bicycle and friends at The Cat and Fiddle Pub (6530 Sunset Blvd) at 3pm on August 30th for an afternoon to explore the streets of Hollywood.  Starting at The Cat and Fiddle Pub couldn’t be more appropriate, as portions of the Oscar-winning film, Casablanca, was filmed here.  Our story-telling partner for this ride is Esotouric, and these guys know all the best stories- crime, fame, murder, ghosts- you name it!  Did we also say these are true stories? Yep!  So we’ll get some miles, cool photo ops for Instagram, and definitely some jaw-dropping to tell your friends before ending the ride at Blue Palms Brewhouse (6124 Hollywood Blvd) around 6:45pm for another round of beers.  Folks, these are going to be fun times.  You’ll just need to grab a ticket to join us.

This is a fundraiser for C.I.C.L.E., going straight towards our Learn to Ride classes!

(Film) Review: Downtown LA’s Famous Film Locations Ride, sponsored by Metro, a box office hit!

2nd street tunnel6th Street BridgeOn Saturday, July 19, over 120 bicyclists and movie buffs pedaled to famous downtown LA film locations during the Metro sponsored “Action! Close Up on Downtown LA’s Film History Ride.” Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles volunteers shared rare history and highlights about the films and their stars at each spot, including the 6th Street Bridge, the Bradbury Building, Spring Street, and the 2nd Street Tunnel.  We wrapped up the ride at Angel City Brewery with a screening of American Cycle on the big screen as part of the festival’s closing night!

As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer team of Ride Leaders and Paparazzi! Interested in supporting bikes in LA by joining our team? Sign up up here!

Route Map:

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

LA Explorers Club Presents: The Dawn of Downtown

Hi FiveOn Sunday, July 20, the LA Eexplorer group queuexplorers Club, a band of curious, urban adventurers in search of secret places, treasures, stories and legends, held the inaugural ride, “The Dawn of Downtown!” Riders enjoyed cold brews at the Artisan House before heading off to explore a handful of cool stops, including a visit inside the Bradbury Building, private tours of historic streetcars, and a tour through a transformed brewery. Villain’s Tavern was the perfect last stop for brews and grub. For more information and to snag your ticket and swag for the next ride, visit the LA Explorers Club.

A huge thanks to the LA Explorers Club and New Belgium Brewing for curating such an awesome event. Thanks to our awesome team of volunteer Ride Leaders who kept over 160 riders safe, together and happy! We’d love to have you join our volunteer team!

 

Know Your City Infrastructure: This edition presents, parklets!

ParkletsParklets are small, people-oriented parks. Parklets are parking spaces that are transformed into spaces to eat, drink, rest, exercise, reflect, create, play games, and enjoy the city around us. They are an extension of the sidewalk: parklets create more space for people. These pint-sized parks have things like seating, plantings, bicycle parking, or fun activities and are often in front of cafes, helping to boost business and slow down passers-by. Roll up on your bike and grab a front row seat to the theater of the street.

Upcoming Classes:

LTR ParticipantLearn 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. [This class is FULL]

Sunday, September 7th 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!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Los Angeles’ 3rd Annual Clitoral Mass Hosted by the Ovarian Psycos: Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 1 pm

Game Changer – L.A. Walks to Dodgers Game Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 4 pm

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

LA Explorers Club hosts the Early Hollywood Culture and Lore Ride Sunday, August 30, 2014 @ 3 pm

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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

 

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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.