January Ride with APIOPA + #optoutside + Classes + More! December News is here!

Metro Sponsors January Ride with APIOPA

Screenshot 2015-12-07 12.19.41Come and join us for our next ride on January 22nd, 2016 as we partner with APIOPA, Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance. Their mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities to improve their health by proactively addressing social, cultural, environmental and political factors that contribute to the growing rates of obesity among API residents in Los Angeles County. Together, we’ve created a fun, family-friendly ride through the Pico Union community. More details coming soon!

Bikes and Batidos (Smoothies) Ride

IMG_1898On Saturday, November 21st C.I.C.L.E. joined our partner, Equitas Academy, for a Bikes and Batidos ride around the MacArthur Park Community. We began our journey at Lafayette Park Skate Plaza. We rode through a beautiful waterfall park near the old Bullocks Wilshire, now the Southwestern Law University, which is on the national registry for historic buildings. It’s been featured in numerous movies and backdrops for television. Our destination for the ride was SAY’s Raspados de Frutas Naturales for Bastidos. We enjoyed tasty flavors like pineapple, mango, and tamarindo! Other participants tried the raspados (shaved ice) like Diablito de mango made with real fruit and a touch of chili. There was also an opportunity to enjoy the vibrant pop up swap meet on South Westmoreland Avenue. The ride ended at MacArthur Park where some of our riders fed the Park’s famous ducks. In addition to the bike ride, Equitas Academy simultaneously lead a one mile walk to SAY’s Raspados for skateboarders, people on scooters, skaters and walkers.

Thanks to Metro for sponsoring this event and to our rockstar partners, Equitas Academy, for co-hosting such a great ride. High-fives to our volunteer team who kept riders safe, smiling and sailing smoothly.

Missed the ride? Retrace your steps (or pedals) any time with these turn by turn directions.

Did You #optoutside During Thanksgiving?

IMG_2025Did you #optoutside instead of shopping on Thanksgiving? C.I.C.L.E. was on the Central Coast this Thanksgiving and rode the 20 miles from Lompoc to Los Alamos. Los Alamos was one of the original stagecoach stops between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo in the 1800’s. Now it’s a thriving winery town. While many people shopped in this sleepy winery town, C.I.C.L.E. explored the wineries in Drum Canyon and enjoyed the panoramic scenery of the Santa Ynez Valley from Harris Grade Road. With Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching, it’s a perfect opportunity to #optoutside with your bike and explore your surroundings. Traffic will be light and it doesn’t have to be a pre-planned trip. Just get out there. Roam and wander!

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, January 17, 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.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

CICLEactionThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is developing an Active Transportation Strategic Plan (Plan) to identify needs, resources and strategies to improve and increase walking, bicycling and transit use in LA County.  They held the first round of stakeholder workshops and launched an online survey in August 2015 to gather input. Please join them for a second round of workshops to learn about the status of the Plan, provide additional critical feedback and ask questions. Details 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):

Bikes vs. Cars–Los Angeles Premiere, December 4th – 10th 2015 @ 7:45 p.m.

Watts Winter Wonderland and Bike Show, Thursday, December 10th 2015 @ 4 – 6:30 p.m.

MCM Turnt Up, Friday, December 11th 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.

Hollywood to All City Toy Drive. December 11th 2015 @ 8 p.m.

Hike with APIOPA on the Gabrielino Trail! Saturday, December 26th 2015 @ 9 a.m.

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