On Saturday, June 29th, 2013, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Walk ‘n Rollers, will kick off the summer with a ride along the mural speckled Ballona Creek Bike Path to the sea! This path is a fully protected bicycle path making it an ideal opportunity to ride a longer distance without vehicle traffic whizzing by or the congestion of CicLAvia. The ride will make stops at Overland Ave. and Centinela Ave. to learn about the Creek and the watershed. These stops will also serve as alternative starting points for participants who would like a shorter ride, arriving at 11:20am and 11:45am respectively. Participants will learn about points of interest to explore when we reach the shore and will be given one hour to spend at the beach for lunch, a picnic, or to take a dip in the water. We encourage cyclists to pack up their bike baskets with food, sunscreen, beach gear, and water.
As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. This ride is approximately 14 miles with alternative starting points for shorter route options.
When: Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 am, ride leaves promptly at 11:00 am. The ride will return to the starting point by 2pm
Meet at: La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station. Accessible by Metro Expo Line and Metro buses 38, 105 and 217. Plan your trip at metro.net.
Alternative starting point at Overland Ave. at Ballona Creek Bike Path: 11:20 am
Alternative starting point at Centinela Ave. at Ballona Creek Bike Path: 11:45 am
What to bring: Bring water, snack and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, 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.
About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of CICLE events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.
About Walk ‘n Rollers: Walk ‘n Rollers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage children, through education and training, to bike, walk, skate and scoot to school more frequently. We work with schools to develop sustainable walk/bike to school programs, host Kids Bike Skills Workshops and Walk ‘n Roll Festivals and work with cities to implement Safe Routes to School education and encouragement programs. By teaching safe and responsible behavior, we aim to create healthier, more sustainable communities.