February Ride with Ride On! Bike Coop + The Tweed Ride Returns + Classes + More! February News is here!

Metro Sponsors February Ride with Ride On! Bike Coop

Screenshot 2016-01-21 16.06.56Come and join us for our next ride, Bikes and Beats, on February 27th, 2016 as we partner with Ride On! Bike Coop. Ride On! is a bicycle repair collective. They provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to fix their bikes. Together, we’ve created a fun, family-friendly ride through the Leimert Park community, with D.J.’s and drummers at various stops throughout the ride.

Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Where: John Adams Middle School

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The Tweed Ride Returns

Woman TweederThe Tweed Ride is back! Put on your tweediest finery and join, C.I.C.L.E. for the Tweed Ride in South Pasadena. This will be the first day of daylight savings, so there will be plenty of daylight and photo ops as we ride through the gorgeous American Craftsmans many built at the turn of the 20th Century and Museums, like the Watering Trough and Wayside Station built in 1906 and the Meridian Iron Works from 1887, which now houses South Pasadena’s Historical Museum.

Date:  March 13th, 2016

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Garfield Park, South Pasadena

Do You Shop by Bike?

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C.I.C.L.E. checks out the new bike corral at Whole Foods downtown.

Shopping by bike is an easy experience that can be done with any ordinary bike. It’s up to you how you want to carry your purchases home. You can add an inexpensive wire basket for $10 and then buy a decent lock from your local bike shop. That’s all you need to start shopping. The new Whole Foods downtown is a perfect place to use your bike to shop. One of the biggest problems about shopping by bike is the lack of safe places to park your bike while you shop. I remember visiting the Glendale Whole Foods and they had an old style rack hidden away near the rear their store. It wasn’t safe or convenient. However, Whole Foods downtown put in a bike corral at the store’s entrance around the corner from the guard station. A corral is where there’s a group of bike racks that easily has room for many bikes. Since it is at the entrance, it’s well lit, safe and convenient. I saw several people using their bikes to shop while I was there. When you shop by bike you avoid the biggest problems shopping using a car–difficulty driving to the store and looking for parking once you arrive.
To get started, pick a Sunday, which is the day with the lightest vehicle traffic, and ride your bike to a nearby store. Use google map’s bike map to plan a route that may be more convenient for bicycles. Check out C.I.C.L.E.’s Find a Route page for more ideas:  http://www.cicle.org/find-a-route/commuting/. Then get on your bike and ride.

Upcoming Classes: Learn to Ride for Adults or Give the Gift of Riding

ltr2Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on a bike for the first time. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, snag a spot (and a bike!) early. Have a friend or family member who doesn’t know how to ride? Surprise them with a gift certificate. Please ask about our need-based fee waivers. Contact bike@cicle.org for information.

Sunday, February 21, 2016:

Register here to get rollin’:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Rock Plaza

Buy a gift certificate here.

trafficbasicsDid 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 an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

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

Price: Free. This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

Please register below to sign up for the class.

To attend this class you must be able to:

  • Start your bike with confidence and ease.
  • Balance and steer your bike
  • Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
  • Use your gears effectively
  • Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
  • Look over your shoulder without veering.

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

Price: Free. This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

When: Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Where: Caltech Y, Ground Floor Meeting Room, 505 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

CICLEactionSign the Petition! Oppose the Removal of Bike Lanes on York Blvd in Highland Park.

A few residents of Highland Park want to remove bike lanes on York Blvd between Eagle Rock Blvd & Figueroa St. They contend (wrongly) that the majority of local residents oppose the bike lanes, and make assertions that just don’t ring true for the rest of us. We are creating this petition to show our numbers, to prove that the vast majority of us really DO want to keep the bike lanes and we support cleaner air and a more sustainable Los Angeles, starting right here in the NELA community. Detail here.

Looking for a rad 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!

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UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Ride 4 Love – Saturday, February 13 @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

NELA Kidical Mass, Sunday, February 21st, 2016 @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Riding the Gold Line Foothill Extension, Saturday, March 5th 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.

CicLAvia – The Valley, Sunday, March 6th 2016, @  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.