January News

Urban Ex: You Choose in 2012

C.I.C.L.E. wrapped up its 2011 Urban Expedition season last month when about 40 people joined our Burbank Toys and Mittens Ride.  The rain didn’t dampen our holiday spirits. We filled our bicycle trailer with donations for families in need, listened to holiday tunes, and ate ginger bread cookies in Buena Vista park.  Thanks to everyone who joined us!

We’d like to hear from YOU as we plan our 2012 Urban Expedition calendar.  Does your hood need more bicycling?  Let us know about the interesting, fun, educational, and sustainable sites you’d like us to bike to.  If we pick your idea, we’ll send you a C.I.C.L.E. t-shirt!!!

Action Alert

Our cities want to hear from us.  Let’s share with them what we want!

Los Angeles: Tell LADOT which streets on the proposed 5-year bike plan should be implemented first.  Visit LADOT’s survey website and make suggestions by region.

Pasadena: Share you input to help shape transportation policies in Pasadena’s General Plan Update.  Complete the questionnaire here.


Know someone who has a resolution to ride?

Congratulations to December’s Learn to Ride class!

Next Class:

January 28th – 10am-12pm (Eagle Rock) Learn to Ride (for adults): Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now’s your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will get you out there rolling on two wheels. Bring your own bicycle. If you do not have a bicycle, we may be able to provide you with one.

Price: $25 (class) $10 (bicycle rental if needed) Information on what to bring and location will be provided in conformation. SPACE IS LIMITED. Email bike@cicle.org to RSVP.


Safety Tip of the Month: Don’t Swim Upstream

Like fish swimming upstream, wrong-way riding is dangerous and it increases your chances of getting snagged.

Why is it dangerous?  Yes, cars will see you bicycling directly at them, but you’re at great danger, especially at intersections.  Drivers are looking for incoming traffic to be coming from the right.  Drivers will look left, right, and left before they start to move.  By not expecting incoming traffic to be approaching from their right side, the chances of an accident are greatly increased.

Wrong-way bicycling is the second major cause of car-bike collisions.  They account for 17% of all car-bike collisions.

The good news is that the chances of getting hit from behind are low (3.8% of all car-bike collisions).  You can further reduce your risk when you are visible, not hugging the curb and riding predictably.  Remember, stay in your comfort zone and use routes with wider streets and less traffic.


Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Jan. 17th – Community Ride in Azusa –  As part of our work with the  L.A. County Department of Public Health, C.I.C.L.E. has been conducting ongoing rides in neighborhoods that previously lacked a bicyle community.

Jan. 22nd –  Community Ride to Watts – C.I.C.L.E. has been working with TRUST South L.A. to encourage ongoing neighborhood rides in South Los Angeles.

Jan 28th –C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride for Adults