June News

Bike Week Pasadena Recap

Bike Week Pasadena 2012 (photo gallery) was an awe-inspiring example of how people can bike in the city in a fun, safe, and harmonious way.  The event is the largest of its kind in the region and it continues to grow!

C.I.C.L.E. put on six events during the week-long bikeganza with each event having between 50 and 200 attendees.  Eighty-Five people kicked off the week with a gastro to pedal taste tour of some of Pasadena’s most delightful culinary establishments.  The tour was generously sponsored by the Pasadena Playhouse District and Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway.  On Tuesday, more than 50 bike-empowered women joined together for a maintenance clinic by the Luna Chix Team which was followed by a sunset bike-tour led by C.I.C.L.E.  On day three, Mayor Boogard showed his support for bicycling before our family ride around the Rose Bowl.  Thursday celebrated the bike commuter with a pit-stop at Pasadena City Hall and an after work Shift Party sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Incycle.  Friday’s Bike-In Movie was full of Pee-Wee laughs, bikes and tasty treats like pedal-powered ice cream and Fair Trade popcorn.  Saturday’s All City Ride was 200 riders strong as we cycled along the beautiful lower Arroyo Seco.  We ended the ride at Paseo Colorado for our finale Pedal Party.  REI sponsored the event and raffled off a dazzling new Novara Buzz One.  Whole Foods Arroyo and New Belgium Brewing provided delicious refreshments while we enjoyed cool tunes by DJ Jlitt.
Your participation and support allows us to keep rollin’ out engaging and educational events.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, our fabulous volunteers, and amazing sponsors.

Bike Ed

Traffic Basics Class:  June 17th, 1:00pm — 2:30pm (Pasadena)

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.  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.

Where: Caltech Y: 505 S. Wilson, Ground-Floor meeting room
What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order and a helmet.
Price: $10. This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

RSVP to: bike@cicle.org.  Space is limited.

To attend this class you must be able to:

  • Start your bike with confidence and ease.
  • Balance and steer your bike
  • Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
  • Use your gears effectively
  • Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
  • Look over your shoulder without veering.


Adult Learn to Ride:  June 23rd, 9am-11am (Eagle Rock)

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now’s your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. instructors for this two-hour class that will get you out there rolling on two wheels. Bring your own bicycle. If you do not have a bicycle, we may be able to provide you with one.

Price: $30 (class) $10 (bicycle rental if needed)
Information on what to bring and location will be provided in confirmation.

Spaces fill up fast. Email bike@cicle.org to RSVP.

Action Alert

On May 18th the California Senate voted and approved the California Bicycle Coalition 2-foot passing bill. The bill will next be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee in June. Let’s keep up the momentum and show support for SB 1462. Stay engaged by following updates by the California Bicycle Coalition.

Tour da Arts, Vol. 4

On August 19th, C.I.C.L.E. and the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) are creatively collaborating for the 4th annual art, culture, and biking event, Tour da Arts. Pedal over to SMMoA for a family-friendly, horizon expanding bicycle ride through Santa Monica that features art, music, and more. Additional details will be posted soon. Mark your calendars!

Bike Critter Contest

Express your love for art and bicycling by drawing this year’s Tour da Arts Bike Critter. All ages are welcome to submit to SMMoA’s contest. All images should be submitted by June 21stRules and more information.

Tour de Fat – Car for Bike Swap

On Saturday, September 15th 2012, New Belgium Brewing‘s traveling celebration of all things bicycle returns to the L.A. State Historic Park.  Tour de Fat sings the praises of the bike life while raising funds for C.I.C.L.E., the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and the Bicycle Kitchen.  It is more than an event; it’s a rite of passage that includes a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food, bizarre bike contests and much more.

Are you ready to swap your car for a bike?

The pinnacle of Tour de Fat is the ceremonious car-for-bike trade. At each Tour de Fat, one person becomes the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Tour de Fat is now seeking volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. Each car-for-bike swapper will choose a local bike shop to help them turn their $2,250.00 budget into their ultimate car-replacement commuter bike. The cars will be auctioned by Vehicles for Charity, with proceeds to benefit local cycling organizations.

Swappers are chosen after submitting an application that describes why they are willing to trade in their vehicle for a shiny new bicycle. To submit an entry, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat), click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application video. Applications may also be written and sent to: trademycarforabike@newbelgium.com.