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.