April 2013 News

April’s Urban Ex: Street Art Bicycle Ride

streetart2From “Phantasmagoria of Joy” to “The Fork in the Road”, pedal along Pasadena’s outdoor canvas of street art! In conjunction with the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival, experience the city’s dynamic collection of public displays of fantastic creativity and learn about the street art along the way.

The ride will be leisurely-paced and 7 miles long. We will be returning to the Earth and Arts Festival so participants can take part in the music, art activities, food, local beer garden and sustainable lifestyle vendors. A team of trained Ride Leaders facilitates C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expedition rides. C.I.C.L.E.’s Ride Leaders provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike.

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

When: Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Time: Meet at 11:00am. Ride leaves promptly at 11:30am and will return to the festival by 1:30pm.

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

Pasadena ArtNight Ride Recap: Drumming, art, bikes and moonlight!

On Friday, March 8th bicyclists soared through ArtNight Pasdena artnight2on a clear, moonlit evening just after the sky emptied its last drizzles! C.I.C.L.E. stopped at the Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art for creative exhibits and delicious food truck bites. At the Shumei Arts Council, bicyclists had a front seat to the rhythmic and captivating Makoto Taiko drumming performances. Ending at the Armory Center for the Arts, participants were welcomed by live music, eye poppin’ art, and refreshing beverages. Grateful for the clear skies, we truly lit up the streets of Pasadena with our shimmering bike lights and electrifying beats!

As always, thanks to everyone who came out and extra high fives to our incredible Ride Leaders who kept us safe and energized! We can’t do it with our great volunteers!

Metro’s New Campaign: “Every Lane is a Bike Lane… Please Share the Road!”

metrocampaignDuring a Press Conference on March 18th, Metro launched a new campaign to increase bicycle traffic safety in Los Angeles County and encourage the road to be shared by all users. The campaign slogan, “Every Lane is a Bike Lane … Bicyclists may need a full lane; Please share the road” now appears on signs on buses, billboards and radio spots.

Thanks to this attention grabbing campaign, we are making strides towards having streets that are safe and accessible for everybody to use. The campaign clearly shows that bicyclists might need to take a full lane of traffic when there are hazards in the streets or when roads are narrow.  By highlighting a bicyclist’s right to do this, we are improving safety for riders as well as drivers.

As bicycling continues to explode as an enjoyable and safe means of transportation and as the bike community continues to grow, now is a great time for bicyclists and motorists to cooperate and respectfully share the streets in order to improve our daily commutes. We commend Metro for this new campaign!

“Every Lane is a Bike Lane… Please Share the Road” Photo Contest!

Got the paparazzi bug? Share your photos to win a rad new C.I.C.L.E. T.SHIRT! Snap a photo when you see an “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” billboard or sign and send it in to us as part of our Campaign Photo Contest! We’d love to see your creative photos (with you in it!) of the billboards and signs throughout Los Angeles that are encouraging safe riding and sharing the roads with Metro Los Angeles’ new campaign! Post to C.I.C.L.E.’s Facebook page or email your images to Julia@cicle.org. We will announce the winner during Bike Week May 13th-18th!

Please note that photos will not be accepted if there is any display of improper bicycle safety or any photos involving violations of local or federal laws.

Meals on Two Wheels: A Delicious Success!

On March 21st, with Meals on Wheels West, Sustainable Streets,mealsonwheels and Santa Monica Spoke, C.I.C.L.E. and volunteers helped deliver meals to home-bound residents in Santa Monica on two wheels! As part of the March for Meals national campaign, this fuel-free event utilized Santa Monica’s growing bicycle network while supporting Meals on Wheels’ services to reduce hunger and isolation in the community. Delivering smiles, energy, and nourishment is needed every day. To keep the momentum rolling, volunteer to deliver meals by contacting: Info@MealsOnWheelsWest.org

LIFESTYLE TIP of the Month:  Guard your brain, take the lane!

In honor of Metro’s new campaign to encourage bicycle traffic safety, here is a tip expanding on the use of space a bicyclist is entitled to on the streets!

According to the California Vehicle Code, bicyclists may use any lane in the street since they have the same rights and must follow the same laws as drivers of vehicles. Bicyclists may need the full lane to safely ride. Here is a list of specific examples in which you can leave the far right sliver of the street:

-To avoid obstacles (trashcans, double parked cars) and unsafe conditions (including the door zone along parallel-parked vehicles)
-To zip by pass another bicyclist, car or bus
-To anticipate and prepare for a left turn
-To avoid the right turn danger zone where right turns are made
-When soaring fast or faster than other traffic
-When more space is needed and the lane is too narrow to share with a car

The street is for many folks and many uses; utilize it in a way that is safe for everyone!