June 2014 News

Metro Sponsors “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride,” led by C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA!

odysseyThe actors are bicyclists. The stage is Balboa Lake. The story is The Odyssey.

On Saturday, June 21, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E.  along with Bike Odyssey LA, will lead a theatrical community bicycle event, “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride.”

As we pedal along, riders will be immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, reimagined in modern Los Angeles County.  Audiences will ride through Angeleno history transformed into Greek legends of craftiness and pride; replete with all the monsters, epic poetry, and sacrificial vegetables youbikeodyssey could ask for. This ride will make several stops throughout the Balboa Lake area to engage with fragments of this epic tale. Togas and/or laurel wreaths are encouraged!

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, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is under 7 miles and will return to the starting point at the conclusion of the ride.

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time: Meet at 6:00 p.m., the ride will leave promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will return to the starting location by 8 p.m.

Where: Metro Orange Line Sepulveda Station

Westbound Address: 15430 W. Erwin St., Van Nuys, CA 91411

Eastbound Address: 15432 W. Erwin St., Van Nuys, CA 91411

Accessible by: Metro buses 154, 156/656, 164, 234, 236/237, 734

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, bike 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.

Recap: Bike Week Pasadena & Bike Week LA

metroguidedrideBike month has come and gone, but we hope its energy and impact continue on! We held eight incredible events last month and we hope you enjoyed every single one of them. The goal of Bike Month is provide a glimpse into what every day by bike can feel like and involve.

For Metro’s Bike Week LA, we rode to Temple City Park via Temple City’s brand new protected bike lane (map).  We also saw some of LA’s raddest murals to celebrate Union Station’s 75th anniversary on our Street Mural Ride.

Bike Week Pasadena

movie14From May 11th to May 19th, C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena hosted incredible events for the 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena.  We hope you enjoyed every single one. Here’s a day-by-day recap of the week:

On Sunday afternoon, C.I.C.L.E. kicked off the week with Bike Ed Day at Incycle Bicycles where participants learned street safety and basic bicycle maintenance skills.

 

tastetour14On Monday, over 175 riders zipped from one eatery to the next for the tastiest tour of Pasadena to date! We visited Tender Greens, Urth Caffe, Rounds Burgers, Whole Foods, and The Luggage Room. Thank you to each sponsor who literally fueled this event.

Tuesday, Shop by Bike Day, recognized bicyclists as important business patrons! Local Pasadena businesses offered discounts, freebies and other incentives to those on two wheels.

Bike Week dedicated Wednesday evening to women on two wheels during Women on Bikes Night. We rode to the Pasadena Cyclery for a workshop on Riding at Night, presented by Team LUNA Chix. Afterwards, participants headed straight for an all night Happy Hour at Sushi Roku.

On Thursday, bicyclists enjoyed the nationwide Bike to Work Day, including a pit-stop at City Hall for treats, tips and other goodies!

movenight14Over 140 participants had a two-wheeled adventure on Friday during the Bike-In Movie Night at Paseo Colorado! The Goonies was the perfect feature for an evening under the stars with free popcorn, giveaways and prizes all evening! Congrats to the newest owners of the REI Flyby Folding Bike and the New Belgium Bicycle Cruiser that we raffled off!

The week wrapped up with the Kaiser Permanente Ride, Roll  & Stroll with the Mayor on Saturday! This open-streets event transformed Pasadena into a giant playground for thousands of people, right before the Amgen Tour zipped by!

We could not have powered Bike Week Pasadena without the incredible and committed volunteers who came out to support every event throughout the week!

A special thanks to the Pasadena Department of Transportation for its partnership on Bike Week Pasadena for eight consecutive years.  Also thank you to this year’s headlining sponsors: Paseo Colorado, Playhouse District, One Colorado, New Belgium Brewing, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Whole Foods Market Arroyo, REI and Metro.

Upcoming Classes:

Adult Learn To Ride!

ltr614Have you always wanted to ride a bike, but never learned how?  We can help get you rolling!

Read what a participant said about C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride Class:

“This class was an amazing experience for me and I would certainly recommend the program to everyone who has always wanted to learn how to ride a bike but were scared they were too old to learn. The instructors were friendly and understanding; they adjusted to each individual and realized that we all have a different learning curve. I never thought I would have learned how to ride (since I am not a kid anymore) but this class has helped make my dream come true!” – Samira

Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014: 9am-11:00am at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014: 11:30am-1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class

Did 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.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y.

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Bus Rapid Transit Lanes and Bikes

buslaneThe arrival of Bus Only lanes in LA is a pivotal point in our mobility history! Bus only lanes, or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes are just for buses, with a special, exclusive invitation for bikes as well!

What’s the point?

Zip along faster on BRT lanes! These lanes encourage folks to shift from car use to public transit and encourage bicycle use. BRT saves everyone time and gets you to wherever you need to go in a jiff! In Los Angeles, there are 53,000 daily boardings with 44% of those during rush hours, according to Streetsblog LA. The bus lanes save travel time and efficiently move folks along.

What about Bikes?

Bus Only Lanes, are just for buses during weekday morning and afternoon rush hours. From 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. transit buses enjoy exclusive use of the lane, with the exception of bikes and vehicles making right turns (approaching intersections). For bicyclists, there’s an open road ahead! The lane feels like an oversized bike lane through a major transit corridor. Or, need a break from riding? Bicyclists are perfectly positioned to pull over, pop their bikes on buses and take a breather at bus stops along the routes. Mobility options are at your fingertips!

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Advocate for Bike Lanes on North Figueroa. Have your voiceCICLEaction heard for a safe and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly North Figueroa.  Attend two upcoming Bike Lane Meetings with Councilman Cedillo’s Office:

Thursday, June 5th at 7pm – Highland Park Neighborhood Council agenda item. Attend and speak to show your support if you are a local resident.  Highland Park Senior Center, 6152 N. Figueroa Street

Thursday June 12th at 6pm – Councilman Cedillo is hosting a 2nd meeting for N. Figueora bike lanes. Bike Lane supporters are asked to wear GREEN! Franklin High School, 820 N Avenue 54, 90042

Sign a petition to support an ordnance to protect Pasadena’s vulnerable road users from harassment!  Pedestrians, bicyclists and those with limited mobility are at the greatest risk in the streets.  Let’s urge the city to take steps to ensure their safety and protect them from aggression and harassment.

Support a resident led campaign to create a bike and ped-friendly plaza in Granada Hills!  Read more about the project and sign the petition.

A.B. 1532, Vehicle Accidents:  Support this act to update the Vehicle Code, related to vehicle accidents. Learn more 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! Share your talents with and volunteer to help keep us rollin’

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

City Lites: 11th Annual Inner City Festival
Saturday,  June 7th, 2014, 11am to 6pm
Darby Park, 3400 W Arbor Vitae St.
Inglewood, CA 90305

Metro Sponsors “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride”
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 6pm to 8pm
Sepulveda basin, Van Nuys, CA

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Benefiting LACBC
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Los Angeles & Long Beach, CA

LA River Bike-In Movie
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 7pm to 10pm
LA State Historic Park