July News

Tour da Arts- Poppin’ art and bicycle festivities!

C.I.C.L.E. has joined with the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) for a day of creative art, infectious music and dancing, dynamic puppetry and a liberating cultural bicycle ride through the city of Santa Monica!  The ride is 9 miles, leisurely-paced and family friendly.

On Sunday, August 19th from noon until 6pm, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru LIVE Exchange) will lead an exciting and inspiring bicycle tour through Santa Monica as the streets provide a canvass of art and open space. The family-friendly ride, led by experienced and supportive ride leaders, will proceed at a moderate social pace and obey all traffic laws.

12-2pm: The festival and check-in for the ride will be held from 12-2pm and will include current exhibition tours through SMMoA, an Art Reflector Workshop,  Bike Advocacy and Safe Riding Tips Workshops, Bike Tune-Ups, Bicycle Rentals and a display of innovative and original bikes.

2:00pm: The Cultural Bike Tour will ride out at 2pm and make two stops along the way. The ride’s first stop will be at Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club with Old-time string trio Triple Chicken Foot with high energy square dancing, refreshments and drinks. The ride will continue on to John Adams Middle School Auditorium for The Matchbox Puppet Show by legendary raconteur Laura Heit.

Finally, the ride will pedal back to SMMoA at the Bergamot Station Arts Center for the Popwagon’s mobile art and theater performance.  Other innovative elements on wheels riding through the event will include Carole Frances Lung’s Collaborative Bicycle Powered Sewing Machine, the Peddler’s Creamery Ice Cream Bike, iZip hybrid electric bikes, the Beach Barcycle, and many more!  Events take place between noon and 6pm.

Where: The ride’s start/end point will be at Santa Monica Museum of Art (2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA).

What to bring: All you need to do is bring your bicycle (in good working order).This event is FREE and open to everyone, 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.

Join us for an original day of pedal powered movement and dynamic creativity outdoors!

Welcoming Julia to the team!

Over the last year, C.I.C.L.E. has been raising funds from our events and fundraisers like Tour de Fat to hire a Program and Marketing Coordinator to help take the organization to the next level!  We’re excited to introduce Julia Lippe-Klein.  She brings great passion and experience for bicycling, healthy communities, and education. We’re looking forward to the coming year of new programs and outreach.

Here’s what Julia has to say:

I’m excited to be joining this wonderful organization and community of LA riders. I love bikes and riding and I’m looking forward to really embracing all of the bits and pieces that this position will bring. I have lived in LA for 5 years and my relationship and love for the city continues to grow and strengthen as I ride through it. Bikes have this incredible power to impact our bodies, our souls, our communities and the environment and simultaneously create exciting relationships and dynamics with our neighbors, our surroundings and ourselves.

My background is in both education and community health among both youth and adults. Working at at free clinic and with schools and other organizations throughout LA, I have developed dynamic curriculum and exciting programs on exercise and nutrition, sexual health and sexuality, substance use and harm reduction, and lots of other goodies. Through my work, I’ve learned so much about the power of supportive community spaces, access, and empowerment (in all its forms).

In the fall, I’m heading off to UCLA to start a Master’s program in Urban Planning (and dip into the Public Health Department as well) in order to intersect some work and ideas around bikes, streets, health, popular education and lots more.

Some of my favorite places to ride in LA include 4th street (Koreatown), the Orange Line Busway, downtown (passing street art), the LA River and any route that leads to outdoor music, films or tasty food.

I’m excited to work with CICLE and contribute to constructively transforming ideas around alternative active transportation and ride through this city with other Angelenos to create movement, health, access, and incredible amounts of happiness.

Keep C.I.C.L.E. rollin’! VOLUNTEER with us at the Tour de Fat!

New Belgium Brewing’s “Tour de Fat” Bicycle and Beer Festival will make its way to Los Angeles September 15th from 10am-5pm! Celebrate LA’s exploding bicycle culture and raise money for C.I.C.L.E., L.A.C.B.C. and the Bicycle Kitchen for bicycle education, advocacy and a more bikeable LA.

Sign-up to volunteer with C.I.C.L.E.!


The Tour de Fat includes:

1) An exciting FESTIVAL, a poppin’ PARADE, super creative COSTUMES and whacky outfits!

2) UNUSUAL and unbelievable bikes and competitions!

3) An opportunity to celebrate the CAR/BIKE TRADE. To submit an entry, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat)

4) Eco-friendly efforts for minimal waste

5) A celebration of all things BIKES and the folks that love them

6) A bubbly BEER GARDEN, serving New Belgium Beer, of course!
The Los Angeles Tour de Fat helps support C.I.C.L.E. and raises us funds. Sign-up to VOLUNTEER and make this event incredible! Shifts are short, fun, and you’ll receive a rockin’ free t-shirt! We depend on and appreciate our incredible volunteers!

Join us at Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

July Classes

We have good news and bad news.  The good news is our Learn to Ride class for adults is more popular than ever due to being featured in Westways Magazine story. The bad news is that our Learn to Ride classes on July 21st, 28th, and 29th are all full.

Don’t worry!  We’re scheduling more classes to keep up with demand.  If you are interested in one of our classes, email bike@cicle.org and we will getting you riding ASAP!

Safety Tip: Stay cool as you ride into summer! Tips on riding in the sun.

Riding on a cool summer day can be so refreshing, liberating, and loads of fun as you zip along from one part of town to the next. But on hotter days, keep these tips in mind to stay safe, energized and harm-free from the powerful (yet wonderful) California sun!

1) Throw on some stylish shades! Staring into the bright sun a ride can be harmful and sunglasses definitely make a difference. Shades look great, help protect your eyes from glare and minimize eyestrain. When glare is reflected by road surfaces it can become especially bright. Try some polarizing shades to combat the glare! Or, an anti-reflection coating on your lenses definitely never hurts.

2) Wear a hat! Whether your wear a baseball hat, a cycling cap, or a visor, make sure it’s lightweight and breathable. Wear a cycling cap under your helmet, which should also be extremely ventilated and comfortable.

3) Don’t be hypnotized by the light! Beware of the hypnotic effect of a low sun to your side, broken by series of closely spaced trees (or other barriers) which can create pulses of bright light across your path. To avoid this tricky trance, slow down and remember to keep your gaze low.

4) Take extra care on scorching hot days! In super hot weather, do what you can to prevent sunstroke or sunburns. Shade, sunscreen and staying hydrated are key! To avoid dehydration, drink regularly; remind yourself to take sips whenever you can.  Rub on some sunscreen on your face, neck, arms, legs… whatever parts are exposed to the sun!

5) Don’t be… Blinded by the light! If you are riding in line with the direction of the sun (either ahead of you or behind you), keep in mind that drivers heading into the sun may be blinded and fail to see you. If you find yourself momentarily blinded as well, just concentrate on the road immediately ahead and slow down.

-Enjoy the warm weather, the sparkling sun and open roads this summer!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
July 21, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles (Eagle Rock)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
July 28, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles (South L.A.)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
July 29, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles (Atwater Village)

Tour da Arts, Vol. 4
August 19, 2012 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Santa Monica, CA 90404 Family Friendly

Tour de Fat, Los Angeles
September 15, 2012 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012
September 10-13, 2012
Long Beach, CA
North America’s largest conference on walking, bicycling, and Placemaking

October 7th, 2012 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Car-free streets open for the people to enjoy by foot, bicycle, skateboard, jump-rope and other human-powered devices.

October 15-17, 2012
Hollywood, CA
Rail~Volution is a conference of passionate people, like you, who want to engage in thoughtful discussion about building livable communities with transit.