August News

Tour da Arts – Bike Fun in the Santa Monica Sun

On Sunday, August 19th from noon until 6pm, pedal 9 miles towards an exciting day of bikes, art, music, exploration and creativity!  C.I.C.L.E. has joined with the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) for  Volume 4 of the Tour da Arts, an all day event on two wheels (or one, or six!) for the whole family!

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Join us to creatively intersect bikes, art, bliss and community connection. Festivities will include: Exhibition tours through SMMoA, creative and safety bike workshops,  bike tune-ups and a Cultural Bike Tour through Santa Monica’s urban canvas/streets  with stops at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club with Old-time string trio Triple Chicken Foot and another stop at John Adams Middle School Auditorium for the incredibly dynamic Matchbox Puppet Show.

C.I.C.L.E. is seeking RIDE LEADERS to support and guide this community ride! Are you an experienced cyclist that wants to support others feeling comfortable and confident riding the streets? Can you hold your handle bars with one hand and wave hello with the other? Please join us! Experienced ride leaders and newbies are welcome and appreciated! Please contact us at bike@cicle.org for questions, details and training.

What to bring: All you need to do is bring your bicycle (in good working order).This event is FREE and open to everyone, 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.

One Mile at a Time Story:  Personal Reflections of fear, hope and accomplishment

In July, C.I.C.L.E. continued its partnership with T.R.U.S.T. South LA to provide a supportive, encouraging and unique space for adults in South LA to learn to ride a bike as a way to support community efforts with expanding alternative transit and healthy land use.

On the warm morning of Saturday, July 28th, C.I.C.L.E. and T.R.U.S.T. South LA worked together to facilitate a no-cost “Learn to Ride Class” for adults in South LA to learn to ride a bicycle for the first time.  The Learn to Ride class was held in the parking lot at Mercado la Paloma in South LA. Three women joined us and brought tremendous amounts of hope, hesitation, excitement, courage and determination. Instructors incorporated dynamic exercises, drills and maneuvers to acquaint these first time riders with the bicycle itself, stability, braking, turning, stopping, gaining speed and lift off! C.I.C.L.E. provided adjustable folding bicycles for each participant.

One woman, Alma, in her 60’s, shared that along with starting to learn to play the guitar, she has been planning on learning how to ride a bike. She shared that she has arthritis and wants to ride to move her body and allow herself more self-reliability and mobility from her home near MacArthur Park.  After the class, Alma wrote to us, “My wish is to learn how to ride a bicycle, that way, I can better mobilize myself…Julia and Dan gave a wonderful class. I am happy. Even though it’s difficult to ride due to the pain from my arthritis, I will not stop attending these classes until I really learn how to ride.”

Each woman expressed different feelings during the workshop, including staunch determination, legitimate fear of falling, frustration with physical limitations, and utter bliss and excitement once they were rollin’.  The sense of determination was so palpable, as was their joy, as the women embraced the bikes and broke through their own mental barriers of riding and steered ahead with control, empowerment and exhilaration. Another participant shared, “I’ve never had the courage to get on a bicycle, but today I accomplished it. With the patience of the instructors, I was able to get on and control the bike.”

Throughout the two hour workshop, community members walked past us with feelings of curiosity and inspiration. Many folks recognized their friends on the bikes and shared their desire to join the class and future classes.  The visibility of this class allowed others to learn about this wonderful resource and connect with C.I.C.L.E. for future opportunities. The women’s excitement and determination truly, and organically, inspired their friends and their community to explore and initiate the process to learn to ride a bike.

The class facilitated building confidence and the ability to start incorporating bikes as a means of active, sustainable, low-cost and self-reliant transportation. The class additionally served to create access to options for exercise, healing and pleasure. This class was inspiring and transformative for both participants, instructors, and passers-by.

T.R.U.S.T. South LA works with residents within their own communities to develop local economies, build healthy communities and utilize sustainable alternative transit and expand healthy land use. Both T.R.U.S.T. South LA and  C.I.C.L.E. aim to empower folks and build a greater community that is comfortable on two wheels.

Tour de Fat: Car for Bike Trade

Join us at Tour de Fat on Saturday, September 15th for a quirky and exciting day of innovative bikes, bubbly beer, eye poppin’ costumes, and the Car for Bike Trade!

Facebook Event Invite

This event recognizes one amazing rider that will trade their CAR for a fully-equipped, custom-built, super rad BIKE! Committing to a car-free year allows you to embrace the following:

1. Be a non-profit HERO as your car proceeds benefit local bike ADVOCACY through C.I.C.L.E.!

2. Get a SWEET BIKE built for you by a sweet LOCAL bike shop and access to FREE TUNE UPS
and other goodies!

3. Ride on in your Tour de Fat Glory! And receive endless high fives of gratitude 🙂

To learn more, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page. Once there, click on Events and then click on Los Angeles. Upload a video application (max 2 minutes!) and please shoot an email to trademycarforabike@newbelgium.com
Will you be our HERO??

Streetfilms, Tacos, & Benefit on the Eastside!

On Thursday, August 9th our friends at LA StreetsBlog and the Flying Pigeon Bicycle Shop teamed up for another incredible evening of Streetfilms & delicious food.  This year’s event raised $3,000 for the Kick Butt and Get Better Fund to support and benefit C.I.C.L.E. founder and bicycle pioneer, Shay Sanchez!

Safety Tip: Saddle Up!

It’s a good practice to check your saddle to see if it is properly attached to your seat post.  You don’t want it flying off while ridding!  Check to make sure the bracket that fastens the saddle rails to the seat post is secure.  Next, you’ll want to make sure that your saddle is at the proper height.  You will want a slight bend in your knee when your pedal is at the lowest point in your stroke.  If your saddle is too low, you will experience knee pain, this strain can possibly cause an injury.  If your saddle is too high, you’ll over extend your leg when making a full pedal stroke.  Over extension will lead to rocking, instability on your bike, and a possible injury.  Finally, is your bum feeling numb?  If so, you’ll need to adjust the tilt of your saddle or purchase a saddle that allows more blood-flow to your genitals.  Your saddle tilt should be fairly level.  Tilt the saddle up or down in slight increments until you find a pain-free position.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Night of Streetfilms to Benefit Shay Sanchez
August 9th, 2012 7:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
August 11, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Atwater Village)

Tour da Arts, Vol. 4
August 19, 2012 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012
September 10-13, 2012
Long Beach, CA
North America’s largest conference on walking, bicycling, and Placemaking

Tour de Fat, Los Angeles
September 15, 2012 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA

CicLAvia
October 7th, 2012 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Car-free streets open for the people to enjoy by foot, bicycle, skateboard, jump-rope and other human-powered devices.

Rail~Volution!
October 15-17, 2012
Hollywood, CA
Rail~Volution is a conference of passionate people, like you, who want to engage in thoughtful discussion about building livable communities with transit.