April 2014 News

Recap: ArtNight Pasadena, by Bike!

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A sea of cyclists joined C.I.C.L.E. during ArtNight Pasadena to explore the evening’s most vibrant exhibits, by bike! We had a blast with everyone and loved zipping by traffic and bypassing parking conundrums.

The group stopped at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Side Street Projects, and the Armory Center for the Arts. Each stop had unique exhibits, including a very pertinent music-making bicycle wheel exhibit at Side Street Projects! Thanks to everyone who joined. Every bicyclist on the road made it safer for the group (and helped us light up Pasadena!).

A huge thanks to Pasadena Department of Transportation who sponsored the ride! Also, high fives and smiles to all of our superstar Ride Leaders and Paparazzi volunteers!  Our 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! All skill levels and experiences are welcome!

Ciclavia Snapshot Fundraiser

snapshotSupport C.I.C.L.E. by giving the New Belgium Snapshot Photo Hunt a whirl at CicLAvia on Sunday! Scoop up a clue sheet (at one of 5 different locations!), solve the riddles, snap photos, tag photos and enjoy the day! For every clue sheet participants fill out, New Belgium will donate $5 to C.I.C.L.E. and LACBC (and you’ll be entered to win rad prizes, like a brand new Bicycle Cruiser!)

Explore historic Wilshire Blvd and learn new facts about your city. Free to play! Invite your friends!

Pick up or turn in a clue sheet at the following venues along the route:

• Dublins Irish Pub (815 W. 7th St.)

• Caffe Primo (612 S. Flower St.)

• Beer Belly (532 S. Western Ave.)

• Busby’s East (5364 Wilshire Blvd.)

• The Rivalry Sports Bar and Grill (611 Wilshire Blvd.).

 

Spotlight: One of CICLE’s All-Star Volunteers shares their story!

We asked one of our volunteers, Johnny,aprilvolunteer a volunteer All-Star, to discuss the role bicycles have played in his life, his inspiration to be a Ride Leader and what volunteering with CICLE means to him.

CICLE: How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

Johnny (age 37): Traveling on a bicycle has brought joy to my life as I’ve met so many incredible people on bike rides. Bicycling has allowed me to see this great city of ours in a whole new perspective.

CICLE: What is your favorite place to ride to?

Johnny: I love riding in general. I am trying to take more bicycle touring trips and love to ride down the coast of California. It is so beautiful and breathtaking. My favorite stretch is between Santa Cruz to Cambria. I am planning on a future trip across the country.

CICLE: What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

Johnny: I participated in the ArtNight Ride two years ago and remembered how much fun I had. The ride leaders were awesome! I wanted to help out this year and decided to look for bicycle related volunteering opportunities. CICLE’s mission and events are top notch so being a Ride Leader was an honor.

CICLE: What has Ride Leading done for you?

Johnny: Ride Leading has allowed me to help fellow cyclists and non-cyclists be aware of bicycles on the road. I’ve had such a good time making sure our group goes to and from our destination safely. I take my job seriously and make sure people are not lost or left behind.

CICLE: What advice do you have for newer riders?

Johnny: I would recommend that newer riders be more patient. Don’t panic if you lose the group ahead of you. That is what Ride Leaders are for as they will have the directions and will connect you back with our group. Also, don’t ride on the sidewalk!

CICLE: What can you share to inspire more folks to become Ride Leaders and support CICLE and the bicycle community?

Johnny: If you want to meet a really great group of people and learn more about our city, join CICLE and become a Ride Leader. Getting more people out of their cars and on their bicycles will only help benefit our society as a whole.

Read more about Jonny’s bicycle adventures at Milestonerides.com

Thank you so much Johnny! We hope Johnny’s journey inspires you to explore the streets on two wheels, join us on a group ride or join our incredible volunteer team!

May brings Bike Week Pasadena & Bike Week LA

 

Old Roots, New Routes: The Temple City Ride!

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On Saturday, May 10, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with the Eastside Bike Club, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Old Roots, New Routes Ride!” As part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO) celebration, participants will explore Temple City’s past, present and future by riding through Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks to explore it’s unique history. This ride will make one stop at Temple City Park for an open-air museum exhibit curated by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m. and will return by 12 p.m.

Where: Rosemead Boulevard, south of Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

Bike Week Pasadena, May 11-17!bwplogo

Bike Week Pasadena is just around the corner! Enjoy a full week of festivities for every age, on two wheels! Throughout Bike Week, C.I.C.L.E. will host a variety of bicycle rides and events, including a delicious bicycle tour of Pasadena’s tastiest dishes, an evening bike-in film screening, and a workshop and ride targeted specifically for women. Every event is fully supported by trained (and smiling!) staff and volunteers, aiming to build the Pasadena bicycling community by creating safe and enjoyable excursions to your favorite spots! Our exciting schedule of events will give you even more reasons to hop on two wheels and swap congestion and parking hassles for the ease and joy of a bicycle!

Barriers and Movement! Overcoming HURDLES and identifying the TOOLS to move along bicycle projects!

Angelenos are so close to getting brand new protected bikeways along My Figueroa! But, what’s the hold up? C.I.C.L.E. chatted with Eric Bruins from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to get a better grasp of what the major hurdles have been, and the most effective responses to these barriers. Here’s what we learned:

Bruins addressed the following issues as the largest HURDLES:

• Global opposition surrounding taking away traffic lanes for bicycles.

• Individual opposition from businesses that anticipate blocked driveways and decreased access to their property

• The challenge of identifying where majority opinion lies within a Council District regarding a project.

So what have been the greatest TOOLS to overcome these hurdles?

Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassadors! Through this program, members and volunteers play key roles to mobilize for local support for projects, like My Figueroa.

• Letters of Support! Letters of support from each of the four neighborhood councils surrounding the project have been essential to identify what community members’ interests are.

• Involvement of the Mayor! The Mayor created space by holding meetings for stakeholders to be heard and to address specific concerns.

And, what are the biggest TAKE AWAYS? According to Bruins:

• Get involved! Become a Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassador and mobilize locally!

• Respond to Action Alerts! Your responses matter and they count!

• Make changes into reality! Make the case for the importance of the project. Engage folks and facilitate the opportunity for people to feel heard and valued.

We appreciate Bruins’ insight and support with identifying these challenges and tools! To learn more about My Figueroa and share your support, visit the website and let your voice be heard!

Upcoming Classes:

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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, April 27th, 2014: 9am-11am 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 @ Caltech Y.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Support C.I.C.L.E. & the LACBC by giving the New Belgium Snapshot Photo Hunt a whirl Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm

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

Finish the Ride
Benefiting LACBC and Challenged Athletes
April 27th, 2014 at 6:30am
Start: 4810 Sunset Blvd (church parking lot)

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, “Old Roots, New Routes: The Temple City Ride with Eastside Bike Club
(Sponsored by Metro)
Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 am
Rosemead Boulevard, south of Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

The 8th Annual Bike Week Pasadena
May 11th – 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:

Sign the California Bicycle Coalition’s petition to support California’s Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act, AB 2398. Too many Californians have been injured on our streets or are mourning the death of a loved one due to distracted or negligent motorists. Protecting Californians who ride bikes, walk, run, ride horses, scooter, skateboard, and work on our streets is vital to make California a better place to live.

Take a look at this Petition and consider supporting the Historic Figueroa-Riverside Bridge and Preserve it for future park use!

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’!

Support CICLE and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Soar, everyone wins!
Sign up and start saving each month when you go solar with Real Goods! Real Goods Solar is one of the leading solar energy installers. Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Real Goods will donate $500 to CICLE for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

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