March News

Urban Ex: C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride


Join C.I.C.L.E. for its ArtNight Ride and enjoy the beauty of Pasadena at night.   Highlights of this pedal-powered art tour include stops at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Armory for the Arts.  The ride will be leisurely-paced, 6 miles long, and will allow participants a break at each stop to tour the exhibits.

 

Where: Meet at Memorial Park  (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street).  Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.
When: Friday, March 9th, 2012
Time: Meet at 6:30pm.  Ride leaves promptly at 7:00pm.
Price: Free

Invite your friends with the Facebook event

What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order, and plenty of night lights. 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 visit the ArtNight Pasadena website.

Dolled Up In Tweed

Last month, the residents of Hollywood were sent back in time as C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed Ride got a wiggle on.  Ninety-seven bicyclists dolled up in Tweed and joined us for a civilized and swanky ride.  We stopped at the Getty House and learned about where our city’s Big Chesse resides, sipped some sparkling lemonade at the historic L.A. Tennis Club, pedaled by the Paramount Gate, saluted our adonis, Rudolph Valentino, at De Longpre Park and put on the ritz at the the Cat and Fiddle Pub.  Thanks to all that dressed up and made our tour the real McCoy.  Thank you Trek, New Belgium Brewing, and the Cat and Fiddle for the prizes and hosting our after-party.  It was a whoopee.

See the C.I.C.L.E. Tweed Ride photo album on our Facebook page.

Bike Ed: Learn To Ride

Spring is almost here– it’s the perfect time to start riding!  C.I.C.L.E. can help you, or someone you know, pedal for the very first time.

March 18th – Adult Learn to Ride:- 11am-1pm (Atwater Village) 

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 conformation. SPACE IS LIMITED. Email bike@cicle.org to RSVP.

One Mile At A Time: She Traded in Her Car!

C.I.C.L.E. caught up with Jessica, who traded in her car for a bike at October’s Tour de Fat.  Her car got auctioned off and the proceeds went to C.I.C.L.E.!  Thanks, Jessica!  She is totally inspiring and has some excellent bike commuting tips!  You can read even more about Jessica’s care-free, car-free adventures on her blog.

Here’s our convo:

C.I.C.L.E.: How has getting around town been since you traded in your car for a bike at Tour de Fat?

Jessica: Great! Especially since Black Sheep Bikes and New Belgium gave me that fantastic bike for my commutes. I love it! I’m very fortunate that my ride to work is only 11 miles round trip. Other places around town are pretty easy to get to by bike as well. I try to look for routes that are more bike friendly and have less traffic, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Grocery shopping by bike has been a fun adventure trying to figure out what I need and what will fit in my panniers (bungee cords are a big help too). I’m always surprised at how much I can fit in the bags. For Thanksgiving I was able to fit a 13lb. turkey perfectly in one of the panniers!

C.I.C.L.E.: What’s been the largest commuting obstacle since trading in your car?  Have you overcome it?  How?

Jessica: Running the gauntlet in front of a school on my way to work. If I ride through there during peak drop-off times it gets pretty crazy with parents pulling in and out of the bike lane in a rush to drop their kids off. One day I even saw a parent stop in the driving lane and let their kid get out of the rear passenger side in the middle of the road/bike lane. Thanks, but I’ve already had that “door prize” in the past I don’t need to go through that experience again. If it’s possible I try to avoid the busier time, but other days when it’s unavoidable I am on high alert riding through there – watching for car doors and drivers not paying attention. I will even ride in the middle of the driving lane if I don’t feel safe in the bike lane. At least I am more visible there. Another obstacle that I had to overcome was my venture into clipless pedals/shoes. Lets just say I learned how to adjust them the hard way after a few falls and many bruises. Don’t worry the bike is fine, I took the brunt of the falls and have the shoes figured out now.

C.I.C.L.E.: What’s been the best benefit?

Jessica: The best benefit has to be that while my boyfriend still has his vehicle, he has been biking just as many miles as I have. Other benefits have been the great exercise I get, saving money on gas (especially with the recent jump in prices), car insurance, maintenance,etc. I also like to see the look on peoples faces when I tell them how many miles I’ve biked since October…1,480 to date. I hope that I am influencing them to get out and ride their bikes more often.

C.I.C.L.E.: Wow! How do you make longer trips?

Jessica: One pedal stroke at a time, one mile at a time. So far the longest trip I’ve made has been 40 miles round trip. Longer trips I might look into taking my bike on the bus or train. Carpooling is always a good backup option if I’m unable to get there by bike.

C.I.C.L.E.: What made you realize you could live car-free?

Jessica: When they came and towed my car away! Ha! Ha! Just kidding. It has been something that happened over a long period of time. I lived in an area of Long Beach for over 10 years that has horrible parking and started biking places so I wouldn’t lose my parking spot and have to deal with parking wherever I was going. Those trips became so frequent it became an automatic thing to ride my bike everywhere. Especially on the ride home, I found that it would take the same amount of time to ride my bike instead of driving – because once I got home I’d have to search and search and search for a parking space that was usually a 10 min. walk from my place. It was much more enjoyable to bike. Over the years I was biking more and driving less. Plus my car was becoming more unreliable and I hated spending any more money to maintain it. I was so happy and grateful when New Belgium’s Tour de Fat picked me to be their “Car For Bike Trader” for Los Angeles and took my car away. It’s been a great experience and opportunity. Coming up on 5 months into this car-free adventure and I definitely don’t miss my car. Ride safe and ride on!

Action Alert

California

The California Bicycle Coalition’s statewide 3-foot-passing bill is getting new life after SB 910 was vetoed by Governor Brown. Last week, a new bill that establishes a minimum 3-foot passing distance when motorists pass bicyclists was introduced as Senate Bill 1464. It will be receiving its first Senate hearing at the end of March or beginning of April. To stay up-to-date on the the progress of the 3-foot passing bill, visit the California Bicycle Coalition Give Me 3 website.

National

Last Week, the Cardin-Cochran amendment was accepted as part of the base Senate transportation bill. This is a big victory for those who want to see designated federal funding for bicycling and walking. This amendment ensures that federal funds are available on the local level to promote bicycling and walking and to make it safe. The coming weeks will be critical in making sure that designated funding for bicycling and walking remains in the Senate bill and gets restored in the House. Visit the America Bikes website to stay informed on the federal transportation bill. You can also thank CA’s Senator Boxer for her support in getting the Cardin-Cochran amendment accepted.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

March 9th  – C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride – Join us for a guided bicycle tour of Pasadena and its cultural institutions.

March 18th  – C.I.C.L.E.’s Adult Learn to Ride Class – Never ridden a bike before?  It’s not too late Now’s your chance to learn!

April 14th – C.I.C.L.E.’s Lorax Ride –  On Saturday, April 14th, the Lorax Ride returns to explore Pasadena’s greenest, energy-leanest, and most sustainable sites. The third annual Lorax Ride is part of Pasadena’s Earth & Arts Festival. Join us to celebrate Earth Day, art, the creative spirit and community.

April 15thCicLAviaCar-free streets open for the people to enjoy by foot, bicycle, skateboard, jump-rope and other human-powered devices.

May 14-19th – Bike Week Pasadena – Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate the 6th annual Bike Week Pasadena, May 14th-19th, 2012.  C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena have planned a delightful week-long array of pedal-powered fun for most skill levels and age groups to promote bicycling as a safe and sustainable mode of transportation.