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

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

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

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

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

See the full schedule of events here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Route Map:

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

LA Explorers Club Presents: The Dawn of Downtown

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

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


Know Your City Infrastructure: This edition presents, parklets!

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

Upcoming Classes:

LTR ParticipantLearn to Ride for Adults:

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

Sunday, August 10th 2014: 9 am- 11 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. [This class is FULL]

Sunday, September 7th 2014: 9 am- 11 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the classroom, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop you’ll need your bike because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

Saturday, September 6th, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y. Register here.


Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsSign a petition to support an ordnance to protect Pasadena’s vulnerable road users from harassment! Pedestrians, bicyclists and those with limited mobility are at the greatest risk in the streets. Let’s urge the city to take steps to ensure their safety and protect them from aggression and harassment.

Support a resident led campaign to create a bike and ped-friendly plaza in Granada Hills! Read more about the project and sign the petition.

A.B. 1532, Vehicle Accidents: Support this act to update the Vehicle Code, related to vehicle accidents. Learn more here.

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! To share your talents and volunteer to help keep us rollin’, please sign up here!

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


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

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

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

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