February 2013 News

February’s Urban Ex: Wild, Wild West Chatsworth

wildwestrideGrab your hats, boots, chaps and lassos for a dusty, western-themed ride! Join C.I.C.L.E., in partnership with Councilmember Englander, for a wild western ride through Chatsworth and share the road with more than just cars!

The ride will start at the Chatsworth Depot Metrolink Station where participants can enjoy light snacks and explore historic memorabilia. We will make several stops. The first stop will be at the pioneer-era Homestead Acre and Chatsworth History Museum for an introduction and tour. Other stops will include the Munch Box, a roadside hamburger stand from the 1950s that is now a cultural historic landmark, as well as the ranch where the 1950’s TV show “Mr. Ed” was filmed. The final stop will include a visit to Stoney Point Ranch where participants will be provided with a presentation on horses and equestrian safety, an integral component of navigating the community. You won’t want to miss this exciting, western ride! As with all Urban Expeditions, this ride is under 8 miles, family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point.

This community bike ride is in partnership with Los Angeles Councilmember Mitchell Englander, whose district includes the scenic Chatsworth area, whose rocky hills and equestrian ranches served as the backdrop of countless western films. The bike ride is the February “CD 12 Year of Healthy Living” activity, Councilmember Englander’s monthly series of community events and activities meant to offer families in the community a fun way to get healthy. The events range from community hikes, walks and bike rides, to informational events on nutrition, healthcare and financial health.

We will be raffling off a REI Novara E.T.A. backpack. Please bring cash if you would like to enter to win! Free snacks and refreshments provided by Alliance Beverage Partners, Starbucks, Western Bagel of Chatsworth, and a raffle prize generously donated by REI Northridge.

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.

When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Where: Chatsworth Metrolink Station, Devonshire St. parking lot. 10046 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

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

Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: RECAP

nhtweed3On Saturday, January 19th over 150 bicyclists came out in their finest tweed, slickest mustaches and perfectly dapper ensembles! The event started in Valley Village Park in North Hollywood where an endless stream of participants rode up in the most distinguished manner. Lead by old-timey beats and rhythms, we rode over to SPARC’s Great Wall of Los Angeles. Riders were welcomed by Felipe from SPARC who provided background on the history and purpose of the art and the Los Angeles River, along with the mural rests. Participants then explored the ½ mile long mural of the region’s powerful history. Next, the ride continued on to El Portal Theater, a historic landmark in San Fernando Valley, originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926. Riders were presented with a brnhtweed1ief history of El Portal as well as MTA’s Historic North Hollywood Train Depot. Finally, the ride concluded with a festive celebration at the Federal Bar with music, raffles, and awards! Congratulation to the winner of the generously donated New Belgium Brewing Beach Cruiser as well as each of our winners: Best Dressed, Best Mustache and Best Hat! We definitely had an incredible time.

Thanks to everyone who joined and as always, extra gratitude for our ride leaders (who fixed a surprising number of flats!) for creating a safe and exciting environment for everyone!

PASADENA’s First Bicycle Boulevard:

On Thursday, Jan 31st Mayor Bill Bogaard, blvdpasadenaCouncilmember Victor Gordo and folks from the bicycle community celebrated Pasadena’s first dedicated bicycle boulevard with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The bicycle boulevard runs three-quarters of a mile in length along Marengo Avenue between Orange Grove Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.  This is the first bicycle boulevard in Pasadena and the second bicycle boulevard in Los Angeles County. The project was paid for by a $500,000 grant from Cal Trans.

C.I.C.L.E. is proud of our ongoing partnership with city staff on bicycle education and encouragement events, including five years of Bike Week Pasadena.  We are thrilled to see the city move towards a comprehensive bicycle network and we are looking forward to the bike-friendly improvements to come!

One Mile at a Time Story: The Gentlemen of the Tweed Ride

tweedfeature2C.I.C.L.E. rides uniquely attract and embrace new bicyclists.  During the Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride, we met two quite dapper and distinguished new participants who immediately inspired us! Henry and Denon heard about the Tweed Ride from a friend and didn’t hestitate to join when they found out the event consisted of tweed and bicycles. Founders of Vintage Manifesto, a gentlemen’s lifestyle site dedicated to bringing back the aspect of the gentleman through fashion, style directing, photography and more, these two gentlemen perfectly exuded such qualities.

Denon, Brand Ambassador at Vintage Manifesto, bought a bike specifically to participate in the Tweed Ride. He reached out and inquired about vintage style bikes and decided to get the Linus for its vintage look and impecable reputation. Denon shared that he had not ridden a bike for 12 years! He said that being back on a bike during the Tweed Ride “felt so amazing and peaceful”. He added, “I had a sense of serenity due to not having to deal with traffic behind the wheel of a vehicle, it brought back so many wonderful childhood memories.” The ride deifnitely had an impact on Denon. “As soon as the ride began, I already started thinking about how soon I could ride again. I’m definitely going to be an active rider thanks to the Tweed Ride and Linus,” he said.

Henry, Marketing and Style Director at Vintage Manifesto, similarly shared his excitement about the ride. “What I really liked about the ride was the different ages, everyone from teens to senior citizens. Rarely is there an event which transcends the generations and I think this year’s Tweed Ride definitely did that!” he said. Henry also reflected the ride’s impact on him. Remembering his childhood, Henry said, “When I was able to afford a car, I put my bike on the back burner at the back of the garage. You forget how much fun riding a bike is. Thanks to the Tweed Ride, I’ve been riding my bike four to five times a week since the event.”

This is exactly what C.I.C.L.E. rides aim to do: reach new riders and (re)connect folks with the happiness that two wheels brings to continue to incorporate it into our lives. We’re so happy you joined us Henry and Denon!

Don’t Miss the LACBC’s 80s Bike Prom!

Bike back in time with the LACBC’s 80’s Bike Prom on Saturday, February 23 at 8:00pm.  Support Los Angeles County bicycle advocacy while dancing, entering raffles, and taking 80s style photos in a photobooth. Hold on to the night with the crowning of a Bike Prom King and Queen!  For more information and to buy tickets for this bike-powered prom visit the L.A.C.B.C’s event webpage.

Lifestyle Tip of the Month: Take your date out, on a bike!

Bikes are great for commuting, exercise, errands… and love! Here are some tips for an endorphin-filled, two-wheeled (times 2!) date!

PREPARATION: 

1. First things first, make sure your bikes are set for a short adventure, full tires mean full hearts. Check the air pressure, brakes, cranks, chain and cassette ahead of time.
2. Prepare and bring along your tool kit for those “just in case” situations. Don’t let the air out of the date with a flat tire and no solution!
3. Unless your date includes riding aimlessly and getting lost in the sunset, plan out a route. A planned route will smooth out any confusion about turns and direction.
4. Romantic lighting: If you’re riding at night, set the tone and don’t forget your lights! White in the front and red in the back to light up your path! The flashing will add an extra sparkle to your evening.

THE DATE ITSELF:

1. Dress to impress! You can look great and still have functional riding clothes.  From casual to dressy, everything matches a bike. Ties and dresses go great with bikes! Check yourself for any loose clothing that could get caught in your chain before your zip off. And, keep in mind that when it comes to footwear, heals and flip-flops are much trickier than the alternatives when it comes to pedal power.
2. Nourishment: Ride to a destination or pack a picnic! Bringing along some treats will be refreshing, energizing and rewarding. Avoid leaks with Tupperware and don’t forget the water to quench your date’s thirst.
3. Take it slow: Let the slower person set the pace. Plan the route together or decide who will lead the way, so you know where to go.
4. Locks of Love: Don’t forget to bring a lock (and cable) if you plan on leaving your bikes somewhere. Someone can steal your heart, but not your bike!

The ADVANTAGES of taking your date out on a bike:

1. Parking will be a breeze: No need to circle the block or pay a valet or parking meter.
2. A bike date is free!
3. If you don’t usually ride, explore this new challenge together.
4. The bikes contribute to the journey as well as the destination!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride Class (for adults)
February 10th, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

Ride Figueroa
Sunday, February 10th at 10:30 am at Greayer’s Oak Park
Ride Figueroa is a LACBC East Bike Ambassador campaign designed to educate and inform Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Mount Washington,  and others about a proposed bike lane on Figueroa between Colorado and San Fernando.  This proposed project is part of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan and is meant to connect to a larger network of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes for everyone to use.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Wild, Wild, West Chatsworth Ride
February 23rd, 2013 at 10am at the Chatsworth Metro Station
Join us in Chattsworth for a wild west themed bicycle ride in partnership with Council Member Mitchell Englander.

LACBC’s All-City Bike Prom
Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00 pm at LACBC
Join the LACBC for an 80’s themed, bike-powered Prom! Relive those golden days in a whole new way! Join us for the Wild, Wild West Chatsworth Ride and continue your bike filled weekend at Bike Prom afterwards!

C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride
Friday, March 8th at 6pm
Join C.I.C.L.E. for our bi-annual ArtNight Bicycle Ride! We will lead bicyclists on a route to visit Pasadena’s most exciting art exhibits and museums during Pasadena’s FREE ArtNight.

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Attended your local Bike Hearing Meeting!
Get your voice heard about the importance of bicycle infrastructure in your neighborhood.

Take the Union Station Master Plan Survey:
Metro has recently purchased Union Station and is currently studying ways to make it a 21st century transit station, offering a mix of options onsite as well as an excellent transit experience. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so we can include your “vision” in our Master Plan.

Sign a Petition
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