March 2014 News

ArtNight Pasadena, by Bike!

par1Join C.I.C.L.E. for the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride! Experience the evening through a creative excursion to the city’s most dynamic exhibits, on two wheels!

On Friday, March 14th, skip the congestion and daunting parking searches and roll through ArtNight Pasadena on your bike with C.I.C.L.E.! Explore Pasadena’s museums and exhibits, as well as the vibrant space in between, during an easy, breezy ride connecting Pasadena’s artistic gems.

ArtNight Pasadena is open to the public and offers free admission to a selection of art venues throughout the city. This community bicycle ride is generously sponsored by the Pasadena Department of Transportation. C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Side Street Projects and the Armory Center for the Arts. Pop in and out of each exhibit with ease and fuel your creative soul!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly and leisurely paced. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers who provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, March 14, 2014

Time: Meet at 6:30pm, the ride will depart promptly at 7pm.

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night lights. 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.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit: http://www.artnightpasadena.org

About Pasadena Department of Transportation: The City Council recognizes the need to enhance transportation services in order to achieve Pasadena’s overall vision. In 2002, the City established a separate Department of Transportation in order to provide for increased policy oversight and effective program implementation.

Recap: Ride 4 Love: Explore the Changes in Watts, presented by the East Side Riders Bike Club (sponsored by Metro)

Approximately 200 bicyclists rode for love through r4l1Watts over Valentine’s Day weekend. The Ride 4 Love, an annual event presented by the East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz, was held on February 15th with extra helping hands and support from C.I.C.L.E. staff and volunteers and sponsorship through Metro.

Participants met at Watts Labor Community Action Committee where riders displayed an incredible range of unique and beautiful bikes throughout the lot. Before heading out, quick repairs were conducted, tires were inflated, bellies were filled and hearts with pinned with buttons of love! The ride explored community projects (such as the Mudtown Farms), housing developments, and the iconic and beloved Watts Towers. At the Towers, John Jones III, president of the East Side Riders, shared insight, history and information about the significant community spaces we passed.

We were excited to join and support this annual event! We had a blast and hope you did too!  A huge thank you to the amazing volunteer team who kept the ride sailing smoothly and safely! These volunteers are true leaders and we appreciate the time and energy they put into making events happen! If you’re interested in joining our wonderful volunteer family, please let us know what skills you’d like to share with us here!

ride4love1Route Map for the Ride 4 Love

Did you miss joining us on the day of the ride? Here is a great map to explore the route and the great stops on your own! Or, retrace your steps/pedals to relive it all over again!

 

 

Spotlight: One of Los Angeles’ Newest Bicyclists Shares Her Story!

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C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride class participants inspire us every month! We hope their stories inspire you or a friend to take the plunge to learn how to ride a bike!

Cathie joined our class and was zipping around on two wheels with the biggest smile imaginable by the end of class.  Her determination and energy were truly infectious. In her own words, here is her story:

How many times have you heard “It’s just like riding a bike” as you coil in terror that the person you are talking to sees the fear in your eyes that reveal you actually don’t know how to ride?  I’ve lived X amount of years not knowing how to ride and was perfectly okay with it until I started running half marathons and kept getting injured.  My doctor suggested I ride or swim to cross train as my foot injuries healed. The problem was that I didn’t know how to do either!  My childhood was full of fear of the unknown and I was never pushed to learn anything that scared me.  I tackled swim lessons last year and quickly picked it up. Somehow the fear of drowning was easier to overcome than the fear of being upright and pedaling into traffic or a light pole.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride but was scared and embarrassed to put on a helmet and to have friends teach me how to ride out in public where people could see me and judge me.  I work with an Ironman and triathletes so peer pressure to exercise is high in a healthy supportive way. I asked a few friends to help me learn to ride. One coworker felt pushing me on his bike at a high rate of speed down our office hallway was the best way – but I screamed in terror as I went hurling towards the kitchen.  A friend’s husband held me up on a beach cruiser in a busy alley – I can’t remember how many times the pedals kept hitting my legs as I hurled myself into anything and everything. My friends kept telling me to save my money and not get lessons.  My friends were trying to help but they were reinforcing my fears.  

I am SO glad I did a bit of research and discovered C.I.C.L.E.!  Signing up for a class is the best thing you can do if you want to learn.  Dan, Julia and Lynne were super supportive and patient and made it so FUN to learn!  I know most of my learning obstacles were in my head. The drills they taught helped kill my fears as I quickly gained confidence.  The structure of the class is great – they teach you in small groups and you are with other adults who don’t know how to ride.  Learning with people who are at the same level as you in a remote parking lot is the best environment for people who are scared to learn.  I squealed with glee when I was able to pedal down the parking lot. I never thought I would be able to learn in 2 hours when so many people have attempted to teach me throughout the years.  I highly recommend taking a Learn to Ride class with the C.I.C.L.E. team – they are miracle workers and pedal whisperers. I am so excited to cross this off my bucket list!

Upcoming Classes

trafficbasicsLearn to Ride for Adults:

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. Online registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014: 10am-12pm 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 at Caltech Y.

Know Your Bicycle Infrastructure: Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBDs)!

Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBDs) are comingbfbd to Los Angeles!

BFBDs aim to bring more bicycles to commercial areas by accommodating bicyclists’ needs through parking facilities, repair stations, pro-bicycle business practices, shopping incentives, community involvement and many other components. BFBD’s attract bicyclists (patrons and employees!) through discounts and benefits, convenience, support and an all-around easy breezy experience. We thought this would be the perfect time to dive a little deeper into what BFBDs are all about! We reached out to Elizabeth Gallardo, Assistant Bicycle Coordinator with LADOT for her input. The biggest question is… What drives a BFBD?

• A symbiotic relationship! BFBD’s support local residents and local residents support the local businesses. When residents and local businesses support and invest in one another, things roll smoothly.

• Convenience! Short trips are easy trips. It’s easier to do errands or grab a meal when it is close by in the neighborhood. And when it’s close by, going by bike is a great option, especially when there are bike racks or a bike corral waiting for you and your ride!

• Community participation! “The viability of success of BFBDs lies with the community itself,” says Elizabeth. “What we’re doing is to encourage folks to see a comprehensive vision of what is already offered for free, and this vision can be woven to create a different type of place.”

So, how can your community prepare to have a BFBD? Here are three things to do today!

1) Collaborate! There are many things that are already movin’ and shakin’ in the bike community. But, according to Elizabeth, collaboration is key. “Community rides, bike rentals, informal bike-sharing are already happening.” Elizabeth shared that connecting the people and the pieces together will allow folks to collaborate and build together, instead of in silos.

2) Engage! Encourage business owners to go to neighborhood council meetings and other community events and talk to Councilmembers about bicycle infrastructure.

3) Show up! Show your support for complete bicycle networks! Elizabeth says “the key component is having a complete bicycle network in order to be able to go from one business to another.” BFBDs are truly successful when your entire trip feels safe and supported, from start to finish.

BFBDs are snapshots of the ways entire cities could be designed. As BFBDs expand, so does the ease of moving within and engaging our communities.

Read more about LADOT’s Bike Friendly Business District!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, ArtNight Pasadena, By Bike!
Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Memorial Park, Pasadena

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm
Snapshot Fundraiser for C.I.C.L.E., sponsored by New Belgium Brewing! Enjoy a photo scavenger hunt by bike and support C.I.C.L.E.! Details to come.

South LA Kids Bike Festival
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 11 am
Foshay Learning Center – 3751 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, “Planes, Trains, Go West Ride,” with Walk Bike Glendale
Sponsored by Metro
Saturday, April 19th, 2014: at 10:30 am
Glendale, CA

C.I.C.L.E. Presents “The Street Mural Ride”, with the Mural Conservancy of LA
Sponsored by Metro
Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00 am
Union Station, Los Angeles

C.I.C.L.E. Presents, “Temple City Heritage Ride,” with Eastside Bike Club
(Sponsored by Metro)
Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 am
Temple City, CA

The 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena
May 12th – 17th
Pasadena, CA

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

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:

Action Alert! The MyFigueroa project needs your support! Your voice is powerful, let it be heard today at an upcoming local meeting!

City of Los Angeles Public Hearings: Mobility Element and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles
Attend an upcoming workshop in your neighborhood and voice your support for the Bicycle-Enhanced Network.

Participate:

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’!