July 2013 News

Rock ‘n Two Wheel Rollin’ Concert Ride!

From park to park, rock and roll on two wheels muccapazzadown to Levitt Pavilion for some irresistible tunes!

On Saturday, July 20th, 2013, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with Bici Libre, will beat the summer heat with an evening bicycle ride to hear live music under the stars. We’ll bike from the Exposition Park Rose Gardens to MacArthur Park to experience the unique sounds and beats of Mucca Razza at Levitt Pavilion! The ride will connect two beautiful green public spaces in Los Angeles, stopping at MacArthur Park for the infectious sounds of Mucca Razza, a not so typical marching rock ‘n roll band. Join us for an evening of drums, mandolins, accordions, dancing, and bikes! Feel free to pack a picnic or bring cash to enjoy Mama’s International Tamales that will be available at the show. Participants will learn about points of interest to explore along the route and at either end.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the evening. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. This ride is 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. Bici Libre will provide free bicycle valet at the park.

When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:30pm, ride leaves promptly at 7:00pm.  The ride will return to the starting point by 10:30pm

Where: Metro Exposition Park Station (in front of the Rose Garden).

Accessible by Metro Rail and Metro buses: Expo Line, 705, 38, 217, Culver City #4 Plan your trip at metro.net.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, bicycle lights, 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.

Bike Path Beach Bash Ride Recap!

beachbash1On June 29th, 2013, sponsored by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Walk ‘n Rollers, beat the heat and cooled off along the breezy Ballona Creek Bike Path. Over 75 participants rode along the protected bike path from the La Cienega Metro Expo Line Station to Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey. Riders were met by MRCA representatives who shared information about the watershed and the art along the path (including an appearance from an artist herself!). This longer, leisurely ride was a perfect opportunity for newer riders to zip along to the ocean without the stress of cars or traffic. Participants received a combination of Metro Patch Kits, illustrated route maps, tips cards and other helpful goodies!

As always, we are so grateful to all of our wonderful volunteers who made this event happen and run so smoothly. Volunteers truly keep C.I.C.L.E. rollin’! Volunteers include ride leaders, a photographer and much more. If you are interested in volunteering with C.I.C.L.E., please contact us at bike@cicle.org or sign up here.

Route Map to Marina Del Rey!

ballonapathride_mapAs part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Bike Path Beach Bash RIDE MAP!

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Learn to Ride:

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

Sunday, July 14th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Sunday, July 14th: 11:30am-1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike Boxes

bikeboxDo circles fit into squares? Roll into a Bike Box for the perfect fit! Green Bike Boxes are green with a white bicycle symbol inside.

Collision Avoidance! Bike Boxes are painted right before the crosswalk at an intersection (attached to a green lane) and aims to prevent collisions between bicycles and cars by increasing the visibility of a bicyclist and everyone approaching the intersection.

Right hooks are for boxing! Bike Boxes are particularly helpful in reducing collisions between cars turning right and bicyclists going straight at an intersection.  Bike Boxes help avoid the “Right Hook” collision.

See and be seen! By positioning yourself in the Bike Box in front of a car at an intersection, bicyclists are far more visible to motorists. Visibility is the key to safety!

Tips for the Green Zone!

-When the light is yellow or red, enter the bike box from the adjacent green bike lane. Stop just before the cross walk. Hang out, stay safe.

-When the light is green, carry on! Ride on through the intersection but keep an eye on motorists that may be turning right.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Zocalo Public Square
Will the Bicycle Kill the Car? (Forum and discussion)
Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 6pm
Grand Park

Santa Monica Museum of Art: Tour da Arts
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA)

Save the Date!
Made in LA Ride, River Edition
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 10:30am

CicLAvia: Heart of LA Sunday
October 6th, 2013 at 10am

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

“Give Me 3”: Support the Three-Foot Passing Bill
To help this bill move forward, contact your local Senator and share your support for AB 1371 and safer bicycling. More info here.

Tour da Arts BIKE Critter Art Contest
An exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw your very own “bike critter” to be featured as the signature image for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s 5th annual Tour da Arts cultural bike event. Submit your bike critter image by Friday, July 12 at midnight.

Better Bikeways with California Bike Coalition
Bicyclists deserve Better Bikeways! Support the California Bike Coalition’s efforts to pass a bill in California for safer and more protected bikeway designs so that everyone can enjoy bicycling safely. Learn more, download the letter, fill it out, send it in and ride on!

Volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!
Calling social butterflies, photographers & party planners! Connect with rad folks, share your skills and volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!