January 2014 News

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

tweedrideposterLadies and gents, dress in your finest and roll through history with dashing, distinguished, and dapper bicyclists during C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride!

On Saturday, January 18, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), and the Bike Oven will lead a community bicycle ride, “Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” around the historic Arroyo Seco, traversing the watershed, bike path and local streets. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will make three stops including Judson Studios, housing and creating hand crafted stained and unique forms of architectural glass since the 1800s; the Lummis Home, a 19th century landmark on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco; and the Audubon Center at Debs Park, an environmental education and conservation center nestled away in Los Angeles’ fourth largest park.  Participants will explore the deep history at each stop as well as each location’s intricate connection to the community.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and 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, January 18, 2014

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Highland Park Gold Line Station, 203 N. Avenue 58, Los Angeles CA 90042
Accessible by Metro Gold Line; Metro Buses 81, 83, 256, and Dash Highland Park/Eagle Rock

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.

Tweed Ride After-Gathering!

After the Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Ride nhtweed1returns to the starting point (Highland Park Gold Line Station), participants are welcome to join C.I.C.L.E. at The Hermosillo for New Begium brews, food and a chance to win a limited edition New Belgium Cruiser raffle.

Also at the after-gathering, prizes will be awarded for best dressed, best mustache and best hat!  Dress to impress!

What to bring: Bring a bike lock, an appetite and money (optional) for food, drink, and our raffle.  Please bring cash if you’d like to purchase raffle tickets for the limited edition New Belgium Brewing Cruiser!

One Mile at a Time: A Learn to Ride Class Participant shares their Story

ltr7Our Learn to Ride class participants inspire us every month! We hope their stories inspire you or a friend to take the plunge to learn how to ride a bike!

Gretell, 29, joined C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride class hoping to get rollin’ on two wheels!  The fear of not being able to stop and the fear of crashing into something were the biggest obstacles for her to ride a bicycle in the past.  After joining CICLE’s Learn to Ride class and successfully learning to ride, she shared a bit about her experience with the class.

The class uses a series of exercises to support new riders and Gretell shared that she felt that all of the exercises prior to actually riding helped her and the rest of the class build confidence. Once Gretell learned to ride, she shared that she felt a great sense of accomplishment.  She said, “It takes a lot of courage to try to learn as an adult the things the most kids already know how to do. After learning how to ride a bike at 29 years old, I believe that age is irrelevant when it comes to success. I wish more adults get inspired to learn how to ride a bike because more than just allowing them to go places, it will make them free from their own fears.”

To break through your obstacles (or to fulfill one of your new year’s resolutions), consider signing up for the next Learn to Ride class! Each participant has a unique history and unique needs and we strive to cater to each.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn To Ride for Adults
Sunday, Jan. 12th, 2014 at 9am

Learn To Ride for Adults
Sunday Feb. 09th, 2014 at 9am

Bicycle INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Intersection Crossing Markings

Dare to be Dashing! intersection_bikelane

What are intersection crossing markings and what are the benefits?

• Painted bike lanes usually stop at the crosswalk and continue on the other side of the intersection.  With intersection crossing makings, bicyclists are guided through the intersection in a straight and direct path.

• Bike lanes that are continued into the intersection reinforce that through bicyclists have priority over turning vehicles or vehicles entering the roadway.

•Intersection crossing markings reduce conflicts between bicyclists and motorists in the intersection since there is no doubt that bicycles are allowed to use the street space.

• Sometimes extra guidance is needed! In this case, bike lanes continue through the intersection to guide bicyclists and make their movement more predictable to motorists.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Caltrans Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, January 17th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco
Saturday, January 18th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

Breaking Away Movie Screening & Operation Firefly Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 12th, 2013
Laemmle NoHo 7 – 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601

Ride For Love: Explore the Changes of Watts
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10950 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, 90059

The Way Back When Ride: La Puente
Saturday, March 15, 2014
La Puente, CA

YoCycle – Yoga and a bicycle ride!
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm
Meet at the Valley Bikery, 14416 Victory Blvd. Suite #104 Van Nuys, CA 91401

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:
Sign the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s petition to Urge Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to L.A.

Help make Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills safer for bicycles, pedestrians and all road users.  Provide input on the Santa Monica Blvd. reconstruction.

Participate:
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 and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!