December News–Taco y Churros Ride + Xmas Tree by Bike

The Best Ride: Taco y Churros Ride presented by Metro


Enjoy a two-wheeled tour of tacos and churros in Lincoln Heights, presented by the Metro Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program.
Join C.I.C.L.E. as we travel to the wildly popular Avenue 26 Taco Stand – where tacos are only $1! After feasting on their delicious tacos, we’ll walk across the street and check out Garcia’s Desserts, made to order churros, like caramel or chocolate filled churros. Or try their homemade flan, jello and funnel cakes. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Beginning at Metro’s newest bicycle hub at Union Station, we’ll ride to Lincoln Heights and check out the community’s Christmas Light displays on the way. Make sure you bundle up, because it promises to be a chilly night, but we’ll warm up as we ride.

Date/Time: Saturday, 12/30 – Meet at 5:00 pm, roll out at 5:30 pm.
Start: Metro Bike Hub, Union Station, left of front entrance on Alameda at the Taxi pickup.
End: Metro Heritage Square Station, ride ends at 7:15pm
WHAT TO BRING:
All participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. Please bring:

  • Your bicycle, in good running order
  • A lock
  • Night lights
  • 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.
  • If you plan to buy tacos or churros, please bring cash.

*** PLEASE NOTE: Adult ride participants must sign this waiver to participate. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign this waiver for any minors participating in the ride. ***
Tacos y Churros Ride is presented by Metro Los Angeles and C.I.C.L.E.

Win a Free Membership to Metro’s Union Station Bike Hub.
Our Tacos y Churros Ride begins at Metro’s latest Bike Hub–Union Station. The Union Station Bike Hub has parking for 192 bikes, which is safer and more secure than parking on the street. When you come to our Tacos y Churros Ride, you get one month free. We’re also raffling off a free year membership. With a bike hub membership, you can park 24/7.  Please RSVP for the ride to be eligible for the drawing and to get a free one month membership.

The facility has an on call bike mechanic for repairs and offers bike rentals. The helpful staff fixed my loose and rubbing fender while I enjoyed the grand opening festivities. The Union Station Bike Hub is staffed Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Watch as we used the new, easy, convenient bike parking:

Christmas Tree by Bike


Have you ever brought home a Christmas tree using a bicycle? I live a mile away from Frosty’s Christmas Trees and had never seen anyone do it. When I decided to shop for my own tree, I surmised that a two-ton automobile was not necessary to carry a 3-pound, Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I hopped on my 1986 Bridgestone mixte complete with an old-school Pletscher rack on the back (it looks like a rat trap when it opens and closes), and in about 10 minutes I had arrived at Frosty’s.

I parked my bike next to their tent, smelling fresh cut pine as I began wandering through their mini-forest to look at the different sizes of trees. I wandered past the roped-off section where they flock the trees and saw one, colored hot pink, drying like a pink flamingo among the lawn of green trees waiting their turn in the flocking area. In the back of the lot was where I found the small Charlie Brown trees—some with gaping holes while others looked like they had been cut from the top of a larger tree. Some of them looked forlorn and sad. I purchased a tree with a few limbs missing from its middle. I had brought some 99-Cents Store bungees, and used them to tie down the tree on the Pletscher rack of my bike.

The magic started as I rode home with my tree. I had attached the tree with the wooden stand on the left side of the bike next to passing cars and the top of the tree stuck out on the right. As cars passed by me, they would quickly move over giving me plenty of space—some even crossing into the next lane. This was better than having one of those pool noodles attached to the back of my bike. As I stopped at Sunset Junction, a group of tourists asked if they could take a picture, a couple of folks in passing cars gave me the thumbs up sign as they drove by and folks sitting at Sunset Junction Coffee Shop and Flore Café seemed to stare incredulously as I rode past.

Shopping and carrying a Christmas tree home by bike makes a mundane errand more fun and special. You don’t need a fancy bike. Use an ordinary one and be creative with some bungee cords, ropes or whatever else you have. Need more inspiration? Check out the entries on Modacity as people post their pics of Christmas tree shopping by bike. Some are using ordinary bikes to haul 6-foot trees!

Upcoming Classes
Learn to Ride for Adults


Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time. Please click here to register.
Date: January 14th, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza
Have a friend or family member who doesn’t know how to ride? Give them a gift of bicycling with a Learn to Ride gift certificate.

Bike Handling Skills


You’ve taken the Learn to Ride class and learned how to ride a bike. Now what? Would you like improve your bike handling skills? Learn how to stop smoothly, turn, signaling and looking behind you all while riding in a straight line.
This class will improve your skills as a bicyclist. Bring your bike and take the class for free or rent one of our bikes for $10.
Come to this class and become a confident bicyclist. Please click here to register.
Date: January 14th, 2018
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Looking for a fun 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!

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Looking for a fun 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!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels (& two feet)
Cycling Santa’s Bike Train, hosted by Bike SGV, December 16th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Holiday Bike Ride, hosted by LACBC and WBG. December 17th, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Monthly Community Ride presented by Ride On! Bike Shop/Coop. December 30th, 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm