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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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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Special Edition: Bike Week 2015!

Bike WBike Week Pasadenaeek Pasadena Begins!

Live well by bike and see the city in a whole new way! The 9th Annual Bike Week Pasadena rolls through May 11th-16th, 2015 providing even more opportunities for you to zip along on two wheels in fun, supported, and engaging ways! C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena present a week-long showcase for most skill levels and age groups to promote bicycling as a safe and sustainable way to access your daily errands and favorite activities!

Taste Tour

A Taste of Pasadena: Monday, May 11th (6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.)

Come hungry for a decadent sampling of Pasadena’s tastiest dishes! Join us for a pedal-powered feast and sample food from Pasadena Playhouse restaurants, Whole Foods, and The Luggage Room Pizzeria. This bicycle tour highlights delicious eateries, providing sweet and savory fuel for the journey to each spot. Meet at Memorial Park, 30 N Raymond Avenue. RSVP here.

Women's Bike Night

Women’s Bike Night: Wednesday, May 13th (6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.)

C.I.C.L.E. will host Women’s Bike Night, including an evening ride under the stars and rad workshops for women who love to ride, presented by Team Luna CHIX at the Pasadena Cyclery. We’ll end the evening with a post-ride social gathering with discounted drinks and food nearby. This ride aims to create a unique space for women-identified riders but is open to everyone. Meet at Memorial Park, 30 N Raymond Avenue. RSVP here. 

Bike to Work Day: Thursday, May 14th (6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m)

Stop at City Hall to learn about bike routes, meet other bicycle commuters, and relax with some yummy treats. Meet at 100 N. Garfield Avenue.

Bike-In Movie Night

Bike-In Movie Night: Friday, May 15th (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Forget the back seat and roll up on a saddle! Bicyclists will ride together to an outdoor screening party at Paseo Colorado with snacks and raffles (including a brand new bicycle!). Enjoy E.T. on the big screen with your friends, family or a date during a classic, unforgettable evening under the stars. Meet at Caltech’s Y, 505 S. Wilson Avenue. RSVP here.

Pedal Party

Pedal Party: Saturday, May 16th (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

Pedal through Pasadena and wrap up Bike Week at Paseo Colorado for a celebration of all things bikes! Enjoy entertainment, food, beer and refreshments at this outdoor party during Pasadena’s favorite week of the year! Meet at Caltech’s Y, 505 S. Wilson Avenue. RSVP here. 

 

 

Volunteer

Volunteer For Bike Week Pasadena!

We have a great line-up planned! Bike Week Pasadena is C.I.C.L.E.’s largest advocacy event of the year. It brings out new riders and helps the city become a more bike friendly place. We can’t make it happen without the support of volunteers like you. Consider taking on a shift (or multiple!). We’d love to have you (and we’ll show it with free raffle tickets!). Consider your talents and sign up for whatever is perfect for you:

Have a great eye for photos? Sign up as our Paparazzi.

Leader of the Pack? Sign up as a Ride Leader.

Social butterfly? Sell goodies & help table an event.

Organizer extraodinaire? There’s a special place in our hearts for our Set Up/Break Down crews.

Enjoy Bike Week while lending a hand. Sign up here to snag a shift.

April News! El Monte Bicicultura + Bike Week Pasadena + More!

Up Next: El Monte Bicicultura – Art, Bikes & History, led by Bike SGV with C.I.C.L.E.

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On Sunday, April 26, 2015, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Bike San Gabriel Valley (Bike SGV) with C.I.C.L.E., invites you to “El Monte Bicicultura: Art, Bikes & History,” a community bicycle ride highlighting historic and artistic gems in El Monte.

Starting from El Monte Station, riders will get the 411 on local art as well as the imminent arrival of the new Metro Bike Hub, with South El Monte Arts Posse as the tour guides for the day. Next, riders will head to Arceo Park and the El Monte Historical Museum to dip into local history, replete with celebrated artifacts. Participants will also visit the Valley Mall to explore the history of Legion Stadium as the stage for notable events for pop culture icons. The final stop includes the Jeff Seymour Center for info, fuel and a look into future bicycle-inspired efforts. Riders will enjoy dynamic stories and presentations at each spot.

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

Where: El Monte Station, 3501 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731

Looking Back: The Hot SPOTS Tour was a beautiful adventure!

On March 28, riders from Hawthorne and surrounding communities came out to explore the neighborhood’s Hot SPOTS with From Lot to Spot. The awesome folks from FLTS led us from SPOT to SPOT, sharing the history of the transformation of each spot, from formerly blighted, empty lots into beautiful green spaces that neighbors engage with, grow food in, breathe easy in, and play at.

We started from the Metro Green Line (so fitting for the green space tour), and made stops at the Dominguez Enhancement and Engagement Project (DEEP), 118th and Doty Pocket Park, the Lennox Community Garden, to witness, enjoy and taste what community collaboration is working towards.

Viviana Franco, Executive Director at From Lot to SPOT, shared this with us: “I felt inspired to be on the streets again as a collective whole of people who just want to reinvent streets not only from exclusive vehicle transportation corridors but into conduits for social and community connectivity. The ride showed me, and I hope others, how we can access community assets through cycling, and how they are all interconnected with each other to create healthy, livable communities.”

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Thanks to Metro for sponsoring this event and to our rockstar partners for envisioning and curating such a great ride. And, high-fives to our volunteer team who kept riders safe, smiling and sailing smoothly. Want to join our team? Let us know here.

Use this map to visit again (or, for the first time!). This one is so tiny, see a larger one here.

Photos by the talented Danny Gamboa and East Side Riders BC.

Save the Date: Bike Week Pasadena Returns May 10 – 16, 2015!

It’s back! Bike Week Pasadena is just around the corner and we’ll be hosting a week of pedal-powered events to celebrate. We invite you join us on our infamous (and belly-filling) taste tour through Pasadena, for Women’s Night (with extra freebies), for an evening under the stars during the Bike-In movie, andfinally for the long-awaited return of the Pedal Party Saturday night! Here’s the line up. Keep tabs on us on Facebook and Twitter for details.

Monday, May 11: A Taste of Pasadena

Wednesday, May 13: Women’s Bike Night

Friday, May 15: Bike-In Movie

Saturday, May 16: Pedal Party!

Calling all photographers/paparazzi, social media wiz’s, and bicyclists! Interested in lending a hand? Let us know here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Anne-Marie

C.I.C.L.E. has a rockstar volunteer team. Anne-Marie is one of the leaders of the pack that shines brightly every month. We asked her a few questions about riding, volunteering and LA, and this is what she shared:

Why do you bike and what do you love about it? I love bicycling because it creates such a wonderful community! It makes one feel free! I remember when I bought my first UniVega when I was 14. I went everywhere. I had the freedom to go anywhere my legs and lungs could take me. I bike now because it keeps me centered. I bike now because it has created a community of friends and supporters.

How and why did you link up with CICLE? I went by myself to the Tour de Art. I met Julia and Vanassa. They were so super nice and welcoming. Art and my bicycle made this gal super happy. I also made a bunch of friends and pedal buddies!

Why do you volunteer as a Ride Leader? I love the discovery of it all! There is something just magical about finding things on your bicycle: it’s like you earned that surprise. As an Angeleno and there are things I miss in my car. I love the purpose of these rides: community, bicycling and learning!

Now do you want to volunteer? Join our team of all-stars any time. Get more info here.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!)Participant learning to ride a bike in Los Angeles bicycling workshop

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, April 12, 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 (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, April 25, 2015:

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

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 a Private Session, please contact julia@cicle.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

BeachStreets – Grand Prix View: Saturday, April 7, 2015 @ 11:30 a.m

Women Bike, Women Lead: Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m.

Finish The Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll 2015: Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 8:00 a.m.

El Monte: Bicicultura: Bikes, Art & History: Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 10 a.m.

CicLAvia – Pasadena: Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 9 a.m.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Sign the Petition! NO Cars, NO Trams on Mt. Hollywood Dr.

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has opened up Mt. Hollywood Dr. for the first time since 1991 to private motor vehicle traffic. This road is super short (only 4.2 miles long) and cuts through a scarce and delicate wilderness park in the City of Los Angeles. Currently 1.1 miles have been opened with tram access to Mullhulland Dr. #KeepGriffithWild and sign this petition to maintain this space for bicyclists, pedestrians, and horse riders.

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!

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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C.I.C.L.E.’s March Newsletter is Here!

Up Next: Metro Sponsors “The Hot SPOTS Tour” led by From Lot to Spot with C.I.C.L.E.


On Saturday, March 28, 2015, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), From Lot to Spot, with C.I.C.L.E., invites you to “The Hot SPOTS Tour,” a community bicycle ride highlighting formerly blighted, empty lots which have been developed into beautiful green spaces for the entire community to enjoy.

Starting from the Metro Green Line Crenshaw Station, the ride will travel through Hawthorne and the surrounding area, making stops at the Dominguez Enhancement and Engagement Project (DEEP),From Lot to Spot118th and Doty Pocket Park, the Lennox Community Garden, and the Eureka Tasting Kitchen. At each spot, participants will learn about the space’s transformation and the history of the local area.

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 6.5-mile ride is fully supported and led by trained Ride Leaders, volunteers and a certified EMT.

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015

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

Where: Metro Green Line Crenshaw Station

12101 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Riders will go green in March, from lot to spot, and by train and (bike) lane! See more info on C.I.C.L.E.’s website and learn more about From Lot to Spot here.

Looking Back: Riders came in their finery for Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches + New Belgium’s Slow Ride Sideshow

Over 200 Angelenos rode in their finery during C.I.C.L.E.’s annual Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride on Sunday, March 1st! We took on the rain, in true fashion, for an old-timey adventure (complete with a penny farthing!) through northeast Los Angeles. We visited the Heritage Square Museum for a unique presentation from staff on the architectural history of the living-history museum. Riders’ outfits definitely fit perfectly within the scene. Afterwards, the group continued on to the Van de Kamp Bakery Building, a 1920s historical cultural monument for the backstory and photo-ops. The ride ended at Verdugo Bar for the ever-amusing Slow Ride Sideshow, presented by New Belgium Brewing. Our hosts, SSSsnake and Steiny (from the infamous Tour de Fat!) ensured sidesplitting laughter and entertainment with their quirky and engaging serenades, performances, table-dancing, and competitions.

A huge thanks to New Belgium for collaborating to make this event unforgettable and for donating such a shiney, beautiful New Belgium Cruiser to support C.I.C.L.E.’s fundraising efforts! Congrats to our tweed fashionistas, who took home awards for Best Dressed, Best Mustache, and Best Hat! Finally, cheers to our Ride Leaders, who kept all 200 riders safe and happy. Join our volunteer team here and enjoy ridesin a whole new way.

See even more photos on Facebook and feel free to tag away! Photos by the talented Marc Ritzema @mritzema

Looking (Further) Back: 200+ Riders Rode 4 Love in South LA on Valentine’s Day!

On Saturday, February 14, through a sponsorship by Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz, with C.I.C.L.E., led over 200 bicyclists through South LA for the “Ride 4 Love.” This annual, beloved ride drew riders from near and far, to cruise through southeast communities including Watts, Florence-Firestone, South Gate and Lynwood.

The ride made several stops, including the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, Watts Towers, AM/PM and the world-famous Elizabeth’s Bakery (to fuel up with delicious treats).

Thanks to everyone who made this ride awesome, especially the powerful team of Ride Leaders who kept riders sailing smoothly. Want to plug into LA’s bicycling community? Join our volunteer team as a Leader of the Pack! No experience necessary. Sign up here! See the full map here.

Card Games! Safety on Deck with Safe Routes to School – Collect the Deck!

Headed to school? We’ve made some rad new safety cards! Each month, we’ll share a different card with tips and tricks to walk and ride safely to school. Children see and move through the world differently than adults. These tips are for adults and children to explore and play with, together.

Tip: Magic #10! Under 10 years old? Walk with an older kid or adult. Ride on the sidewalk in the same direction as the cars around you.

Kids under 10 years old should ride their bikes on the sidewalk (where it is allowed under law) in the same direction as traffic.

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.

Date: TBD

ltr2New 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, April 21, 2015:

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cal Tech Y. Save the Date!

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 a Private Session, please contact julia@cicle.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

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

Tour de Watts: Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Basic Bicycling Skills Workshop: Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 11 a.m.

CicLAvia – The Valley: Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 9 a.m.

The Hot SPOTS Tour, led by From Lot to Spot and C.I.C.L.E. (sponsored by Metro): Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 10 a.m.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

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!

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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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
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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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