December News

Toys & Mittens Ride

Cruise into the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 with C.I.C.L.E.’s 4th Holiday Toys and Mittens Ride.

The Toys and Mittens Ride will gather toys and warm articles of clothing for Burbank families in need. These donated items will be hauled on cargo bikes to Burbank’s Salvation Army and given to local families and children through their Giving Tree.

Join the Toys and Mittens ride at Burbank City Hall at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 17th, for a fun-filled and family friendly day. The relaxed-paced, 7.5 mile, ride will stop at various sites in Burbank including: the new Bicycle Station, Recycling Center and Buena Vista Park. Enjoy holiday tunes and treats during our stops.

Date: Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Time: Meet at 10:00 am. Ride leaves promptly at 10:30 am.

Where: Parking lot of Burbank Community Services Building – 3rd St & Olive Ave. Burbank, CA

Price: Free. Bring a donation for a family in need. All toy and clothing donations should be new and unwrapped.

Suggested Donations:

Movie Tickets
Clothes in all sizes
Jackets in all sizes
Shoes in all sizes
Play — Dough
Art materials
Gift Cards

What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order. 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.

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Spreading the Bike Love

Since June, C.I.C.L.E. has partnered with Healthy Azusa to get more people riding bikes in the city and surrounding areas.  This project is part of the County Cycling Collaborative (CCC), which brings free bicycles, workshops, and rides to Los Angeles County neighborhoods to encourage physical activity and improve the public health.

Our work in Azusa is a great example of how the collaborative is helping to grow new bicycling communities.  In June, the Bici Libre bicycle co-op delivered twelve refurbished bicycles to Azusa to be distributed during C.I.C.L.E. organized rides and workshops.  These bicycle are being housed at the Azusa Recreation Center and are lent out upon request.

The CCC is hosting bicycle maintenance clinics to help the community get their dusty bikes out of the garage and spruced up for our community rides.  Mechanics are demonstrating flat tire repair, break and derailleur adjustments, safety checks, and preventative maintenance.  On Nov. 12,  we held a maintenance clinic to get people’s bikes ready for the following day’s Historic Azusa Ride.

Continue Reading An Azusa Bike Story.

Give the Gift of Riding

Congratulations to November’s Learn to Ride class!

Next Class:

December 11th- 10am-12pm (Eagle Rock) Learn to Ride (for adults): Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now’s your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will get you out there rolling on two wheels. Bring your own bicycle. If you do not have a bicycle, we may be able to provide you with one.

Price: $25 (class) $10 (bicycle rental if needed) Information on what to bring and location will be provided in conformation. SPACE IS LIMITED. Email to RSVP.

Safety Tip of the Month: Left Turns

Left tuns can be tricky. Here’s some tips to help you stay safe.

1) Signal your turn by extending your left arm.  Practice signaling and riding in a straight line to avoid swerving.

2) On a one-way street, turn left from the left most lane.

3) On a two-lane street (without a turn lane), turn left from the left part of the lane.  Doing this will encourage cars to pass you on the right.  This will help prevent you from turning into a car traveling behind you.

4) When turning left, do not cut the corner.  Cutting the corner puts bicyclists in danger of riding into oncoming traffic.

5) On a multi-lane road, you will need to change lanes in order to get into the left most lane or left turn lane if there is one present.  Remember to change one lane at a time.  Bicyclists should scan, signal, and wait for a clearing before executing a lane change.

6) If the difference between your speed and the speed of traffic is more than 15 MPH, it is unsafe to do a lane change.  You can stop and wait for traffic to clear or make a box turn.

7) If at any point you do not feel comfortable making a left turn, listen to your instinct!  You can get off the road and walk your bicycle on crosswalks to achieve your turn.  You can also execute a box turn.  A box turn is when you ride straight through the intersection and reposition yourself in the travel lane of the new road.

Remember, being aware, feeling comfortable and staying within your skill level help keep you safe on your bicycle.

Have a safe and happy holidays!

November’s Street Mural Ride

The rain didn’t keep street art and bicycle lovers away for November’s Street Mural Ride.  Fifty-five riders joined us as we biked from Lincoln Heights to the Downtown Arts District.

We discovered amazing artistic gems that are unique to our city.  The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles gave us expert information about each mural.  They also informed us of the importance of preserving L.A.’s murals.  Thanks for your great work MCLA!

After the mural tour we biked back to Gorilla Arts for an after-party.  On our way, we passed a giant robot walking in the road who stopped for photo opportunities!

The after-party was a blast, we ate tamales, drank beer, listened to great music, and had a fun raffle.

Thank you New Belgium Brewing and DJ Alter.  A special thanks to Gorilla Arts for letting us use your rad space & creating an atmosphere of good vibes!

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Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Dec. 8th – L.A. Streetsblog End of the Year Party – Join L.A. Streetsblog for their end of the year party featuring their normal selection of munchies and New Belgium Brewing drinks. They will be announcing many of the winners of their Streetsie Awards, including elected leader, activist, writer, and government worker of the year award

Dec. 9th – Midnight Ridazz All City Toy Ride – Over a dozen rides from all across the south land will converge on DTLA armed with toys to donate to a worthy charity.

Dec. 11th –C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride for Adults

Dec. 17th – C.I.C.L.E.’s Toys and Mittens Ride. – Join us on Saturday, December 17th, for our 4th holiday Toys and Mittens Ride. Bring a donation for families in need!  Donated items will be hauled on cargo bikes to Burbank’s Salvation Army and given to local families and children through their Giving Tree.