Bike Week Pasadena: May 14 to 20, 2007

Released April 19, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.
Photo: LindseyWalker.com

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Bike Week Pasadena is a grass roots initiative organized in cooperation with the city of Pasadena that brings together “everything bike” for a weeklong salute to the bicycle and its many uses, from commuting, to exercising, to just plain having fun.

More than 15 free events are planned from Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 20 including:

• Mayor’s Bike to Work Brigade led by Bill Bogaard, bicycling aficionado and Mayor of Pasadena.

Themed bike tours like the Sunset Sonata Ride, where you can cycle to an enchanting overlook on the Arroyo Seco, complete with a live violin and cello duet as well as hors d’oeuvres.

• Free bicycle-related films and documentaries screened outdoors nightly in the One Colorado Courtyard.

• An Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo featuring folding and electric bicycles, accessories, cargo bikes and trailers that handle everything from shopping trips to hauling lumber.

Morning Bicycle Pit Stops with breakfast treats and give-aways every morning at various locations throughout Pasadena.

• Live Music!

Bike Week Pasadena is a citywide effort to highlight the benefits of bicycling. Riding a bicycle is an easy way to exercise, reduce traffic congestion, minimize air pollution, cut fuel costs — and a wonderful way to meet your neighbors. This weeklong salute is presented by city of Pasadena Department of Transportation, One Colorado, Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), Patagonia and Metro.

See the full schedule of exciting rides and events listed below.

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One Colorado
is one city block bounded by Fair Oaks, Colorado Boulevard, DeLacey and Union Street in Old Pasadena. For more information you can call One Colorado management office at 626-564-1066. Map

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EARLY MORNING BICYCLE PIT STOPS ALL WEEK LONG – May 14 to May 18
Patagonia, The City of Pasadena, and local Pasadena area coffee shops, markets, and restaurants will be providing free goodies and giveaways (coffee, morning breakfast treats, bike water bottles, etc) each morning during May 14 – 18. See Locations and Times

KICK-OFF EVENT – Monday, May 14, 11:00 A.M. Free.

Join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard in the One Colorado Courtyard at the official launch of this biking celebration. Be a part of Mayor Bogaard’s Bike to Work Brigade, as the Mayor leads a contingent of bicyclists escorted by the Pasadena Neighborhood Team / Bicycle Patrol through city streets to newly renovated Pasadena City Hall. Live music by the Mariachi Divas at City Hall. To take part in this fun ride, please call C.I.C.L.E. at (323) 478-0060 or visit BikeNow.org.


FREE LIVE MUSIC
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Mariachi Divas at Pasadena City Hall – Monday, May 14, 11:45 AM
Founded by Cindy Shea in 1999, Mariachi Divas are continuously making big waves on the Los Angeles music scene. Mariachi Divas is a unique, multi-cultural ensemble, and over the years has been represented by women of: Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinian, Columbian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Swiss, Japanese, and Anglo decent. Founder and Director Cindy Shea states, “Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds.”

Triple Chicken Foot at the One Colorado Courtyard – Monday, May 14, 7:00 PM
Rooted in traditional American fiddle music, Triple Chicken Foot plays from the heart. The music, simple and repetitive, lends itself to being driven strong and direct – that’s how the Foot likes it. In the past, when the work was all done, the music began (be it the radio or pa’s fiddle or banjo) bringing people together to dance, relax and have a good time. Triple Chicken Foot plays it that way.

Telematique on the Sunset Sonata Ride – Friday Evening, May 18, During the Ride
Live classical music by string duet Telematique. Music will be performed during the ride. Ride departs at 6:45 PM from the Patagonia rear patio area.

Free Live Music at the Expo!
1:00 PM :: Bucket and String :: Enjoy the amazing sounds of this improvisational cello and guitar duet.

2:00 PM :: Gypsy Latinaires :: Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Latin Rhythms

URBAN BICYCLE COMMUTER EXPO – Saturday, May 19, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Free.

Curious about bicycles? Find out everything you want to know and discover exciting inventions at the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo in the One Colorado Courtyard. Expo will steer you to innovative cycling ideas, whether you are just starting out, or already an enthusiast. You’ll receive answers to such questions as, What kind of bicycle do I need? How much can I be expected to pay? Can I carry my laptop on my bike? Take part in bicycle maintenance workshops. Marvel at Funky to Functional, an exhibition of D.I.Y. personalized commuter bikes. Confirmed exhibitors include REI, InCycle, Pasadena Cyclery, Path to Freedom (XtraCycle dealer), Flex Car, Cal Start, LACBC, CICLE, Bikerowave, Bike Oven, Psycles Chopper Club, AIDS Lifecycle, Patagonia, Metro and city of Pasadena departments of Public Works and Transportation. Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo is free and open to the public. Win Great Prizes!

CHILDREN’S BICYCLE SAFETY CHECK AND FREE HELMET GIVEAWAY – Saturday, May 19,
10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

As part of the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo in the One Colorado Courtyard, the first 300 children who bring in their bicycles for a free safety check will receive a free and properly fitted bicycle helmet from the Pasadena Transportation Department. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

THEMED BICYCLING RIDES – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

• Sunset Sonata Ride and Live Musical Performance by Telematique – Friday, May 18, 6:45 P.M.

Take a leisurely ride to the Arroyo Seco and watch the sunset. Enjoy live classical music by string duet Telematique, light hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Return to One Colorado for movies in the Courtyard. Ride departs at 6:45 P.M. from Patagonia. Yummy food donated by Whole Foods Pasadena. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.

• Early Bird Special Tour – Saturday, May 19, 8:00 A.M.


Take a brisk morning ride from One Colorado to the Pasadena Farmer’s Market at Victory Park, have breakfast and then return ride to Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo. Ride departs at 8:00 A.M from Patagonia. Coffee and pastries donated by Il Fornaio. Led by Chris Nelson. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.

• City Trees Ride and Picnic – Sunday, May 20, 10:30 A.M.

Pasadena boasts more than 61,000 street trees and is the recipient of the “Tree City USA” award for seven years running. Experience this amazing urban forest on a tour of natural and man-made woodlands near Old Pasadena and throughout the city. All riding levels welcome. Tour departs from Patagonia at 10:30 A.M. Led by Katura Reynolds of Tree People. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.

WORKSHOPS – Tuesday and Saturday. Donations gratefully accepted.

• Bikes in the City Part I – Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 P.M.

You may know how to ride your bike, but can you safely navigate city traffic? This practical two-part workshop will show you how to enjoy the benefits of urban bicycling – by keeping your experiences positive and safe. Pre-requisite: You should feel comfortable with balancing and steering your bike. Workshop is held at 7:00 P.M. in the Pasadena Patagonia Store. Bicycle not required. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.

• Bikes in the City Part II – Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 P.M.

Second evening class. Bring your bike (with night lights) for an easy night ride in Old Pasadena. Put into practice what you have learned so far. Workshop is held at 7:00 P.M. in the Pasadena Patagonia Store. Presented by C.I.C.L.E. directors Liz and Shay, League Certified Cycling Instructors

• The Basics – Saturday, May 19, 11:30 A.M.

An overview of the simple steps you should take to confirm that your bike is safe and ready to ride. Also covered will be the three most important things you can do to keep your bike happy, the fundamental safety equipment and tools every rider should have (and know how to use) and a hands-on flat-fix demonstration and practice. Held during the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo in the One Colorado Courtyard. Clinic will be led by local bicycle mechanic, Chris Nelsen. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.

• The Bicycle – A Mechanical Overview – Saturday, May 19, 3:00 PM

The mechanical systems of the bicycle will be explained with an eye toward basic tuning and repair. No particularly exotic tools are needed for the adjustments discussed; just a handful of metric wrenches, a screwdriver or two, and a bit of mechanical aptitude. Also addressed will be further resources for the aspiring home mechanic. Held during the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo in the One Colorado Courtyard. Clinic will be led by local bicycle mechanic, Chris Nelsen. Presented by C.I.C.L.E.



OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGS – Nightly at 8:00 P.M. in the One Colorado Courtyard. Free.

• Monday Double Bill:
The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels and KCET-PBS California Gold episode Bicycles.The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on WheelsIn 1897, the U.S. Army theorized that the newly developed "safety" bicycle could replace the horse as a means of troop transport. As a result, twenty African-American soldiers put their bicycles, their bodies, and the theory to the test with a 2000-mile ride from Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. The Bicycle Corps chronicles their journey through the eyes of two soldiers. 59 minutes. 2000. California Gold episode Bicycles takes a look at L.A.’s bike history with stops at the Pasadena Museum of History and a Sunday morning ride back in time as host Huell Howser uncovers other important stops in LA’s Bike history.

• Tuesday Feature: Jour de Fete
A cycling comedy by French director Jacques Tati, which tells the story of an inept postal carrier. Influenced by too much wine and a newsreel on the rapidity of the American postal service, he goes to hilarious lengths to speed his mail deliveries aboard his bicycle. 1949.

• Wednesday Documentary: Joe Kid on a Stingray: The History of BMX
History of BMX documents the evolution of a 1970s sports fad in which kids began modifying their Schwinn Sting-Rays to look like motorcycles. This documentary takes a serious look at the history and evolution of BMX bicycle riding, from the streets of 1960s suburban neighborhoods to today's stadium-packed shows. 2005.

• Thursday Documentary: Contested Streets
Contested Streets explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. The examination shows how a city — though the most well-served by mass transit in the United States — has relinquished public space for the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions. Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. 57 minutes.

• Friday Shorts: Reel of Bicycle Shorts with Return of the Scorcher
This half-hour documentary looks at bike culture around the world, with inspiring scenes filmed in China, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the U.S. In the 1890's, before automobiles, bicyclists were referred to as "Scorchers" because of their blazing speed. A century later, in a world filled with cars, Return of the Scorcher discovers an inspired and evolving bicycling renaissance. 28 minutes. Also includes Nasu: Summer in Andalusia, the first Japanese animé film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Pepe is competing in an multi-stage cycling race through Spain. But in a turn of fortune, he abandons his assigned role to assist the team's top rider and strives for his own glory. 47 minutes

• Saturday Feature: 2 Seconds
Champion mountain bike racer Laurie hesitates at the starting gate, and it costs her the race. Forced into retirement, she takes a job as a bike messenger. By chance, she meets Lorenzo, a cantankerous bike shop owner and former champion himself. Their love of cycling draws them together in spite of initial clashes. One night, they face each other in an unusual duel. 105 minutes.

CITY OF PASADENA

City of Pasadena in its General Plan has a guiding principle that views Pasadena as a place where people can circulate without cars. This vision relies upon an integrated and multimodal transportation system, including public transit services, parking strategies, car sharing programs, pedestrian enhancements and a strong bikeway network. For more information go to www.cityofpasadena.net and click on Getting Around Without a Car

C.I.C.L.E.

C.I.C.L.E. is a non profit group that seeks to promote the bicycle as a viable and sustainable choice for everyday transportation – educating people about how the bicycle can function as an effective, non-polluting, accessible, and community-friendly way to get around.

Getting There

One Colorado

One Colorado is one city block bounded by Fair Oaks, Colorado Boulevard, DeLacey and Union Street in Old Pasadena. For more information you can call One Colorado management office at 626-564-1066. Map

Patagonia Pasadena

The Patagonia store is located at 47 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103. 626-795-0319 Map

For more information about Bike Week Pasdadena, please write info(at)BikeNow.org or call 323-478-0060