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.

ou 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.

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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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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Learn to Ride for Adults

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time.

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.

Price: $30  Need-based fee waivers available by contacting bike@cicle.org.  Fee waivers are funded through a grant from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Cancellation Policy:  All payments are final.  Cancellations made 48 hours or earlier of the class will be eligible for a rescheduled lesson at a later date.  Cancellation made later than 48 will not be refunded or rescheduled (some circumstances may be accepted).

Bike Rental: We have a few bicycles that you may rent for $10 per class.  Supplies are limited.  Fee waivers available.

Requirements for bringing your own bike:  Please make sure you can lower your bike seat so your feet are flat on the ground while you are sitting on the seat.  This is absolutely necessary to do the exercises that we will be teaching.  We also do not recommend beach cruisers for learning how to ride.

Payments are made to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (S.E.E. is C.I.C.L.E.’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor).

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Learn to Ride for Adults

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time.

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.

Price: $30  Need-based fee waivers available by contacting bike@cicle.org.  Fee waivers are funded through a grant from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Cancellation Policy:  All payments are final.  Cancellations made 48 hours or earlier of the class will be eligible for a rescheduled lesson at a later date.  Cancellation made later than 48 will not be refunded or rescheduled (some circumstances may be accepted).

Bike Rental: We have a few bicycles that you may rent for $10 per class.  Supplies are limited.  Fee waivers available.

Requirements for bringing your own bike:  Please make sure you can lower your bike seat so your feet are flat on the ground while you are sitting on the seat.  This is absolutely necessary to do the exercises that we will be teaching.  We also do not recommend beach cruisers for learning how to ride.

Payments are made to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (S.E.E. is C.I.C.L.E.’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor).

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Children and Parent Volunteers Needed for Metro Walking and Biking Video!

Star in a Metro Safe Routes to School educational video to promote safe walking and biking to school!

As part of the Metro Safe Routes to School Pilot Program, C.I.C.L.E (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) will be filming a video to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety skills. The video will be separated into two parts: one video focused on pedestrian safety and one video focused on bicyclist safety. These videos will be shot on two consecutive days at Metro’s facility yard in Boyle Heights on the corner of N. Cesar Chavez Avenue and N. Matthews Street.

There are four filming shifts to choose from:
Saturday, August 15th
9am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm

Sunday, August 16th
9am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm

Kids should bring their backpacks for the filming. If interested in the bicycle safety video, please bring a bicycle along with a helmet for the filming.

Film Location: N. Cesar Chavez Ave and N. Matthews St., Boyle Heights

Please come in fun, bright colored clothes and comfortable shoes! This will be a fun video shoot! Metro will be providing goodie bags filled with fun stuff like t-shirts, water bottles, bike lights, stickers and spoke cards as a thank you for your participation.
Light snacks and refreshments will also be provided

Contact for more information:
Vanessa Gray, C.I.C.L.E (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange)
vanessa@cicle.org
323-509-4905
This pilot program is funded through a Safe Routes to School federal grant, administered by Caltrans, which is available through June 2016.

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Ring Around the Lotus – Rescheduled

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, join C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) for “Ring Around the Lotus,” a family-friendly bicycle ride around the Echo Park Lake neighborhood, sponsored by Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. Pedal through the neighborhood with music, costumes and smiles!

This training-wheel friendly community bicycle ride, appropriate for children 4 and older, is led by trained Ride Leaders and fully supported by a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Wear your helmets to be entered in our raffle drawing!

Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at Echo Park Lake, Children’s playground area off of Park Avenue

This is a slow-paced, training wheel-friendly community ride around the Echo Park neighborhood (1.5 miles).

For more information, contact Daniella Alcedo
213-489-7443 ext. 105
daniellaalcedo@altaplanning.com
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El sábado, 8 de agosto, C.I.C.L.E. (Ciclistas Incitando Cambio a través de Intercambio en VIVO) los invita a un paseo familiar en bicicleta “Vueltas por las Flores Loto,” alrededor del barrio de Lago de Echo Park. Patrocinado por el programa de Metro Caminos Seguros a la Escuela. ¡Pedalea por el barrio con música, disfraces y sonrisas!

Este paseo familiar es apropiado por todas edades de 4 años para arriba y es guiado por un líder entrenado e incluye un paramédico.

Todo participantes menor de 18 años de edad deben llevar casco u estar acompañador por un adulto.

¡Traigan casco para ser elegibles para nuestra rifa!

Cuando: Sábado, 8 de agosto 2015, 10:00 a.m., el paseo empieza punto a las 10:30 am.
Donde: Encuéntrenos en el lago de Echo Park, en el área cerco de los juegos de niños, por la calle Park Ave

El paseo es despacio y para niños en ruedas de entrenamiento y pase por el barrio de Lago de Echo Park (1.5 millas).

Para más información, contacte Daniella Alcedo (hablo Español)
213-489-7443 ext. 105
daniellaalcedo@altaplanning.com
metro.net/srts

Learn to Ride for Adults

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time.

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.

Price: $30  Need-based fee waivers available by contacting bike@cicle.org.  Fee waivers are funded through a grant from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Cancellation Policy:  All payments are final.  Cancellations made 48 hours or earlier of the class will be eligible for a rescheduled lesson at a later date.  Cancellation made later than 48 will not be refunded or rescheduled (some circumstances may be accepted).

Bike Rental: We have a few bicycles that you may rent for $10 per class.  Supplies are limited.  Fee waivers available.

Requirements for bringing your own bike:  Please make sure you can lower your bike seat so your feet are flat on the ground while you are sitting on the seat.  This is absolutely necessary to do the exercises that we will be teaching.  We also do not recommend beach cruisers for learning how to ride.

Payments are made to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (S.E.E. is C.I.C.L.E.’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor).

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Ring Around the Lotus + #BikeInstead + Classes + More! July News is here!

Up Next: Ring Around the Lotus

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, join C.I.C.L.E. for “Ring Around the Lotus,” a family-friendly bicycle ride around the Echo Park Lake neighborhood, sponsored by Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. Pedal through the neighborhood with music, costumes and smiles!

This training-wheel friendly community bicycle ride, appropriate for children 4 and older, is led by trained Ride Leaders and fully supported by a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at Echo Park Lake, Children’s playground area off of Park Avenue

This is a slow-paced, training wheel-friendly community ride around the Echo Park neighborhood (1.5 miles).

To lend a hand and volunteer, sign up here! RSVP to the event on Facebook to let us know you’re coming!

Looking Back: Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Ride!

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, bicyclists of all ages zipped through northeast LA for the Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Ride with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC), The Bike Oven, the NELA Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD), and Metro. The community bicycle ride to Councilmember Jose Huizar’s 6th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show started at the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station and made several stops to explore street innovations. Mark Vallianatos of the Occidental Urban and Environmental Policy Institute led a guided neighborhood walking tour of local projects before we made our way to the fireworks show. It was a perfect evening under the stars and under a dazzling show of fireworks and music!

Thanks to Metro for sponsoring this event and to our rockstar partners, NELA Bicycle Friendly Business Disctrict and The Bike Oven, for co-hosting such a great ride. And, high-fives to our volunteer team who kept riders safe, smiling and sailing smoothly.

Miss the ride? Retrace your steps (or pedals) any time with these turn by turn directions.

Ride in Review:  #BikeInstead –  The Silver Lake Picture Show Ride

Last month, we held a Metro mini-miler as part of the #BikeInstead campaign. Riders met at the Metro Los Angeles Santa Monica and Vermont Red Line Station to skip the traffic and parking hassels and sailed over to the Silver Lake Picture Show by bike!  We traveled with tunes and arrived early for the outdoor screening on the jumbotron for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Pre show entertainment included impromptu bicycle tricks and stunts, one of the highlights of the evening! Stay tuned for more #BikeInstead rides!

Upcoming Classes:

Learn 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. Please ask about our need-based fee waivers. Contact bike@cicle.org for information.

Sunday, July 19, 2015:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Register here to get rollin’!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Take a Free Bicycle Class this Summer: Saturday, June 7 – September 27, 2015 @ 9 a.m

Bike SGV: Bicycle Safety Education – Community Classes: All summer long!

CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice: Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ 9 a.m.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

State Route 710 North Public Hearing: Learn the facts, get involved, be part of the solution. Metro and Caltrans are evaluating transportation solutions to reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility in your community. You are invited to provide your comments at the public hearing Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. Details here.

volunteerLooking 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!

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Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Ride, led by The Bike Oven and C.I.C.L.E., sponsored by Metro

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC), The Bike Oven, the NELA Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD), with Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), invite you to the “Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Ride,” a community bicycle ride to Councilmember Jose Huizar’s 6th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show. Starting at Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station, the route will circle through the neighborhood, with time for participants to enjoy what local businesses have to offer during two stops along the way to the fireworks spectacular at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. Enjoy a dazzling evening, under the stars, on two wheels.

The ride will stop at York Boulevard to explore street innovations in Northeast LA including a guided neighborhood walking tour of local projects by Mark Vallianatos of the Occidental Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. The final stop will be the fireworks show precedes by a costume contest, trivia, and more!

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. The ride is five miles and is fully supported and led by trained Ride Leaders, volunteers and a certified EMT. Prior to departing, we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015

Time: Meet at 5 p.m., the ride will leave promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station

151 N. Avenue 57

Los Angeles, CA 90042

Accessible by Metro: Metro Rail Gold Line and Metro local buses 81, 83 and 256.

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

PS: Dress to Impress! Ride participants are eligible to win a Bike Decorating and Costume Contest! Prizes will be given to the most Spintacular bicycle and bicyclist!

About The Bike Oven: The Bike Oven is a bicycle cooperative in Northeast Los Angeles.

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

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

About The Northeast LA Bicycle Friendly Business District: The Northeast LA Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) is a pilot program administered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), that encourages local businesses and community groups to work with the City to expand public infrastructure and amenities for Angelenos traveling by bicycle. The program is a public-private partnership that fosters bicycle-friendly culture and expands access to amenities that make travel by bicycle convenient and attractive. The NELA BFBD features bicycle corrals, bicycle repair stations, discounts from participating businesses for patrons traveling by bicycle, and bike-friendly community events like the Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Tour. These amenities are coupled with improved traffic safety measures and bicycle facilities. The NELA BFBD pilot is directed by a steering committee comprised of community members including representation from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Occidental College, the Arroyo Seco Foundation, the Northeast LA Alliance of River Communities, LA Walks, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and C.I.C.L.E. By encouraging local shopping by bike, the BFBD Program captures local dollars, and promotes business district development, making the neighborhood happier, healthier, and more connected.

 

 

 

 

BIKE Instead! Ride to the Silver Lake Picture Show

Love a night out in Silver Lake but dread parking? BIKE INSTEAD!

Ride with CICLE to the Silver Lake Picture Show on a 1.5 mile ride from Vermont/ Santa Monica Red Line Station to Silver Lake’s Triangle Park. There, we will watch the ultimate bike movie:  Pee Wee’s Big Adventure!

There will be music and giveaways before the movie. Meet new friends and get a little exercise along the way. Worried about the ride back after dark? CICLE will escort riders to the Vermont/ Santa Monica Red Line Station after the show.

Date:     Thursday, June 25, 2015
Where:  Santa Monica/ Vermont Metro Red Line Station
1015 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90029
When:   Meet at 5:30 pm, Leave promptly at 6:00 pm

Learn to Ride for Adults

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time.

Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Price: $30  Need-based fee waivers available by contacting bike@cicle.org.  Fee waivers are funded through a grant from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Cancellation Policy:  All payments are final.  Cancellations made 48 hours or earlier of the class will be eligible for a rescheduled lesson at a later date.  Cancellation made later than 48 will not be refunded or rescheduled (some circumstances may be accepted).

Bike Rental: We have a few bicycles that you may rent for $10 per class.  Supplies are limited.  Fee waivers available.

Requirements for bringing your own bike:  Please make sure you can lower your bike seat so your feet are flat on the ground while you are sitting on the seat.  This is absolutely necessary to do the exercises that we will be teaching.  We also do not recommend beach cruisers for learning how to ride.

Payments are made to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (S.E.E. is C.I.C.L.E.’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor).

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Learn to Ride for Adults

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time.

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.

Price: $30  Need-based fee waivers available by contacting bike@cicle.org.  Fee waivers are funded through a grant from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Cancellation Policy:  All payments are final.  Cancellations made 48 hours or earlier of the class will be eligible for a rescheduled lesson at a later date.  Cancellation made later than 48 will not be refunded or rescheduled (some circumstances may be accepted).

Bike Rental: We have a few bicycles that you may rent for $10 per class.  Supplies are limited.  Fee waivers available.

Requirements for bringing your own bike:  Please make sure you can lower your bike seat so your feet are flat on the ground while you are sitting on the seat.  This is absolutely necessary to do the exercises that we will be teaching.  We also do not recommend beach cruisers for learning how to ride.

Payments are made to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (S.E.E. is C.I.C.L.E.’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor).

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