June 2013 News

Bike Path Beach Bash to Marina del Rey, Sponsored by Metro!

bikepathrideCool off on two wheels along the Ballona Bike Path and go car free to the sea!

On Saturday, June 29th, 2013, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Walk ‘n Rollers, will kick off the summer with a ride along the mural speckled Ballona Creek Bike Path to the sea! This path is a fully protected bicycle path making it an ideal opportunity to ride a longer distance without vehicle traffic whizzing by or the congestion of CicLAvia. The ride will make stops at Overland Ave. and Centinela Ave. to learn about the Creek and the watershed. These stops will also serve as alternative starting points for participants who would like a shorter ride, arriving at 11:20am and 11:45am respectively.  Participants will learn about points of interest to explore when we reach the shore and will be given one hour to spend at the beach for lunch, a picnic, or to take a dip in the water. We encourage cyclists to pack up their bike baskets with food, sunscreen, beach gear, and water.

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. This ride is approximately 14 miles with alternative starting points for shorter route options.

When: Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Time: Meet at 10:30 am, ride leaves promptly at 11:00 am.  The ride will return to the starting point by 2pm

Where: La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station.  Accessible by Metro Expo Line and Metro buses 38, 105 and 217. Plan your trip at metro.net.

Alternative starting point at Overland Ave. at Ballona Creek Bike Path: 11:20 am

Alternative starting point at Centinela Ave. at Ballona Creek Bike Path: 11:45 am

What to bring: Bring water, snack 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.

About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of CICLE events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

Announcement: Metro to sponsor 20 community rides with C.I.C.L.E.!

Metro has announced its sponsorship of 20 LA-metro-logo1community bicycle rides throughout Los Angeles County with C.I.C.L.E.! The official announcement was released on May 13th, 2013.

Between Bike Week 2013 and Bike Week 2015,  Metro and C.I.C.L.E. will organize bicycle rides with iconic and historic destinations and accessible routes to encourage new (and veteran) bicyclists to explore and enjoy the streets in their own communities on two wheels.  This new partnership started off with a homerun with an epic bicycle adventure from Union Station to Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine. These community rides aim to connect folks to the communities and the history of the communities, and expand the bicycling community in Los Angeles County. C.I.C.L.E. will partner with other bike groups and local nonprofits each month to facilitate outreach and to help lead the rides.  We are excited about these new excursions and partnerships!

Bikes, Baseball and Dodger Blue Ride Recap!

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Sponsored by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club hosted a bicycle ride on game day between Union Station and Dodgers Stadium! One hundred cyclists and fans came to ride up, up, up the hill, carried by pre-game Dodger spirit and iconic baseball tunes. At the top, we were warmly welcomed at the stadium by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for autographs and photo ops. Participants enjoyed an exclusive tour of the stadium and watched hundreds of pups trot by during Bark in the Park Night’s dog parade. The power of bicycles helped break the Dodger’s eight game losing streak with an incredibly exciting win! C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club made it on to the jumbotron to share with the rest of the stadium how we arrived at game day and encouraged others to kick off Metro’s Bike Week LA on two wheels as well!

Thanks to our sponsor, Metro, to our incredible partners; Eastside Bike Club and the Dodgers and to the many, many wonderful, committed volunteers that made this epic event possible. We appreciate your support and we would not have been able to do this without you!

Route Map to Dodger Stadium!

DodgerMapFrontAs 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, Baseball and Dodger Blue RIDE MAP!



Bike Week Pasadena Recap!

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The 7th Annual Bike Week Pasadena has come and gone but its incredible impact will roll on! From May 13th to May 18th, C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena coordinated a plethora of exciting bicycle events to give community members a glimpse into what every week of the year could look like on a bike! Hundreds of participants joined us to explore exciting new routes, indulge in Pasadena’s tastiest restaurants, sip post-work cold brews, and enjoy freebies and films under the stars.

Monday night’s Taste of Pasadena ride kicked off the week with an overflowing amount of indulgence!  Thank you to our wonderful sponsors (Blaze Pizza, Rounds Burgers, Real Food Daily, Whole Foods, and The Luggage Room) who kept our bellies full and our smiles wide!

We dedicated Wednesday to all the women on two wheels with a quick-fix repair clinic at Paseo Colorado with Team Luna Chix, raffles and a beautiful ride through the streets of Pasadena. So many participants joined the evening, which included an extra surge of energy at Jones Coffee Roasters for some coffee and freebies!

Thursday evening, Incycle Bicycles and C.I.C.L.E. hosted a Bike Home From Work Shift Park, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.  Over 100 participants stopped by on their way back from work for discounts, bicycle safety checks and crispy delicious Shift brews on the house!

Friday was filled with bikes, peddle-powered ice cream from the Peddler’s Creamery, delicious freebies from Whole Foods Market Arroyo (oh the pretzels!) and a laugh-out-loud screening of Napolean Dynamite. Participants brought friends, families and dates for a wonderful evening at One Colorado!

C.I.C.L.E. wrapped up the Bike Week with the Kids Costume Bicycle Ride through Pasadena. Thank you to the Pasadena police for escorting the ride and everyone who joined us. The winner of the costume parade went to our favorite little boy dressed as car riding a bicycle!

Thanks to everyone who chose bikes during Bike Week, we hope you will continue the spirit of Bike Week beyond May! A big thanks to the City of Pasadena for their support and partnership on Bike Week Pasadena.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors and the wonderful volunteers who made these events happen, you rock and we can’t do it without you!

Upcoming Classes

Traffic Basics Class: 886201_628204003862813_61851434_o

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety through instruction and live street experience.  The first portion of the class will include a presentation and participatory discussion on safety and skills. The second portion of class, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

When: June 8th: 11am-1:00pm
Where: 505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA.  Ground-Floor meeting room
Price: Free.  Caltech’s BikeLab generously subsidized this class.
RSVP to: bike@cicle.org.  Space is limited.

Learn to Ride:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting on that bike for the first time.

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

Sunday, June 9th: 11:30am-1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

Sunday, June 30th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza


class1Tired of cars whizzing by a little too closely? A Class I Bikeway, or a Bike Path, provides a completely separated right of way exclusively for you on your bike! Bike Paths are created for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with minimal motorist crossflow (according to the Streets and Highway Code Section 890.4).  What does this mean?

This means that you are physically separated from fast moving cars and traffic! Whew. On any Bike Path there are physical barriers that could include natural barriers (like rivers or mountains), parked cars, stanchions, a low curb, bollards, concrete islands or something similar to create the protected bike path and a protected cyclists. The LA River or Ballona Creek Bike Path are perfect examples of care-free, protected Class I Bikeways! Go ahead, ride with the wind in your face, not an exhaust pipe.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Sunday
June 9th at 7am
Join the LACBC for bikes, music, great food, and 8 different ride options along the LA River!

CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard Sunday
June 23rd at 9am
On Sunday, June 23rd, CicLAvia returns with the Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route with extended hours from 9am-4pm and what will be the most walkable CicLAvia yet!

Bike Path Beach Bash to Marina del Rey!
June 29th at 10:30am
Cool off on two wheels along the Ballona Bike Path and go car free to the sea!

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Write a Letter
Write a letter of gratitude for the coming Bike Lanes on Colorado Blvd!  Let Councilmember Huizar and the LADOT know that you appreciate their efforts to make Los Angeles more bicycle friendly.  This feedback will help city officials know there is strong support for these street changes.  Letters can be sent to: nate.hayward@lacity.org, kevin.ocubillo@lacity.org, tim.fremaux@lacity.org, nate.baird@lacity.org.

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.!