February 2014 News

The East Side Riders Bike Club presents: Ride 4 Love, Explore the Changes in Watts (with CICLE, sponsored by Metro)

 

Ride4loveOn Saturday, February 15, through a sponsorship by Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club, with C.I.C.L.E., invite you on a community bicycle ride to explore the changes in Watts on the “Ride 4 Love.” This expedition, open to all cyclists, will make three stops including visiting Watts community projects (such as the Mudtown Farms, a future community garden site), housing developments, and the iconic and beloved Watts Towers. At each stop, participants will explore the deep history within the area and the community-led changes that are rolling out.

This ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. This ride is fully supported and led by trained East Side Riders Ride Leaders and first responders, as well as CICLE volunteers. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m.

Where: Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Accessible by Metro Buses and Trains: 53, 55, 117, 120, 202, 355, Dash Watts, Blue Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station, Green Line Avalon Station
 
What to bring: Bring water, a 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.

Recap: Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco, Sponsored by Metro!

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On Saturday, January 18, over 300 dapper and distinguished ladies and gentlemen strolled the streets of Highland Park and the historic Arroyo Seco during  the “Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” bicycle ride. The ride, sponsored by Metro, was led by CICLE and the Bike Oven. Participants came out in full force in tweed garb with perfectly matching bicycles, hats, and so much more. We made three stops along the way to explore historic gems throughout Highland Park including Judson Studios, the Lummis Home, and the beautiful (and air-conditioned!) Audubon Center at Debs Park.

This annual ride is such a treasure and we appreciate everyone who came out (near and far!) and contributed to the energy and excitement of the ride.

A huge thank you to our incredible volunteer team who kept the ride sailing smoothly and safely! These volunteers are true leaders and we appreciate the time and energy they put into making these events happen! If you’re interested in joining our wonderful volunteer family, please let us know what skills you’d like to share with us!

tweedmapRoute Map for the Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco

Did you miss joining us on the day of the ride? Here is a great map to explore the route and the great stops on your own! Or, retrace your steps/pedals to relive it all over again!

 

Spotlight: CICLE All-Star Volunteer shares her story!

 

Kacey is CICLE’s Ride Leader of the Month for February!  kacey1She is an all-star at encouraging people to ride bikes and a wonderful asset to the larger LA bicycle community.  We’re thrilled to honor Kacey and discuss with her the role bicycles have played in her life, her inspiration to ride and what volunteering with CICLE means to her.

CICLE: How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

Kacey (age 30): After going nowhere near a bicycle in almost 20 years, I took the leap to sell my car and switch to a bicycle as my main form of transportation. That was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I, of course, love the feeling of the wind in my face, but cycling has transformed my life. I am healthier and more fit than I have ever been. That alone brings joy to my life.

CICLE: What is your favorite place to ride to?

Kacey: I love exploring new routes and lately I have found it incredibly enjoyable and rewarding to ride my bike up to the Griffith Park Observatory. The view is incredible and when I reach the top I have this amazing sense of accomplishment. When I first started riding again I would shudder at a speed bump, now it’s like “Hey, I climbed that? I rock.”

CICLE: What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

Kacey: I love leading the CICLE rides because I truly love spending time with people I have come to know as not just colleagues, but friends. It’s also a fabulous excuse to ride to places I’ve never thought to ride before. Not to mention, riding with such large groups is always exhilarating.

CICLE: What has Ride Leading done for you?

Kacey: Being a ride leader is the most rewarding thing I do with my time. Whether it’s leading rides or something else, nothing compares to the feeling of volunteering your time and energy to something you are passionate about.

CICLE: What advice do you have for newer riders?

Kacey: Don’t think you need to be or dress like a pro. One day you may want to, or not. The great thing about riding a bike is setting your own pace, and the most important thing is enjoying the ride safely. If you’re planning on hitting the streets, take the time to learn how to do so safely.

CICLE: What can you share to inspire more folks to become Ride Leaders and support CICLE and the bicycle community?

Kacey: Even if you don’t think you will make a good ride leader, do it. I had no idea that my abilities would grow and that I would become an even stronger cyclist when I began. Leading rides with CICLE is a great way to give back and to be part of the strength in the growing Los Angeles cycling community.

Thank you so much Kacey!  We hope Kacey’s journey inspires you to explore the streets on two wheels, join us on a group ride or join our incredible volunteer team!

Upcoming Classes:

trafficbasicsLearn to Ride for Adults:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time. Online registration is available! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Sunday, February 10th, 2014: 11:30am – 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the classroom, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for a short ride that will put what you learned into practice.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y.

Bicycle Lifestyle Tips! Dating by Bike, Part II: The Benefits of a Bicycle…On a Date!

Bikes are great for commuting, exercise, errands… and love! Check out the benefits of taking your date out by bike, inspired by CICLE’s famous Benefits of a Bicycle t-shirt! Have a happy, endorphin-filled, two-wheeled adventure!

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What else is great about bikes on a date? Locks of love! Let your bikes connect too!

1. One mini U-Lock and two bikes! Lock your bikes together with one lock to intertwine your love in even more ways. If you have one small U-lock and one pole, put the rear triangle of one bike up against the pole and the rear triangle of the other bike against the pole in the opposite direction (on the other side). Put the U-lock through the rear triangles of each bike and around the pole, and you’re set!

2. One large U-lock, a cable, and two bikes! Lean your bikes up against a pole or bike rack so they lean on one another, sandwiching the pole. Lock the frames together and weave the cable through the wheels for extra security.

3. Two locks are better than one! A U-lock and a cable go a long way to securing your rides. Be sure the frame is secure, as are the wheels.

4. Be secure! Be sure you lock up to something sturdy, permanent and secure! If it can be removed, wobbles, you can lift your bike (and your lock up and off of it) or seems otherwise precarious, pick another spot.

See Dating on Bikes Part I.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

The Eastside Riders BC presents: The Ride 4 Love, Explore the Changes of Watts
Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Los Angeles Bicycle Commuter Festival and Summit
Sunday, February 16th
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

CICLE’s ArtNight Pasadena Ride
Friday March 14, 6:30pm
Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street)

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Benefiting LACBC
Sunday, June 22nd
Autry Center in Griffith Park

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Tell your member of Congress to support Bike Equity with H.R. 3978! The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014 (NOBPIFA) will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for all users. The financing is through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions of dollars towards low-income communities.

Join us at the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC)! PasCSC is a coalition of nonprofit groups, community stakeholders, individuals and residents who have joined together to improve the city’s mobility plan.  Public meetings are held the 1st Monday of every month at 6:30pm.

Looking for a rad volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! Share your talents with CICLE and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.