November 2012 News

Made In L.A. Ride

WINE, ROBOTS and HOT SPICY TOMATO SAUCE! Come tour downtown L.A. on your bike and learn about places that manufacture and create right in the heart of LA!  On Saturday, November 17th, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) will lead a group ride, “Made in LA”. This ride, open to all cyclists, will navigate the streets of downtown and expose riders to institutions that pride themselves on products made in the City of Angels.

Stops include visits to the San Antonio Winery, El Pato Factory, and Sci Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture).

The tour will be 7 miles, leisurely paced and family-friendly.

Where: Meet at the LA State Historic Park entrance near the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station.

When: Riders will meet at 10:00 am and the ride will promptly begin at 10:30am. The ride will return by 1:30pm.

Who: You and all your friends! Join us for this fun and interesting look at LA creations!

What to bring: Your bicycle (in good running order). 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.

$10 suggested donation, although NOBODY will be turned away for lack of funds.

Upcoming Workshops

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

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

Sunday, Nov. 11th: 1pm-3pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, Dec. 2nd: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

ArtNight Pasadena Ride: A Carefree, Car-Free Night, of Free Art

On Friday, October 12th C.I.C.L.E. led the ArtNight Pasadena Ride through the bustling streets of Pasadena under a beautiful clear sky!  The bike tour of Pasadena’s art galleries and museums was absolutely incredible. The ride stopped at the Pacific Asian Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects, the Pasadena History Museum and Armory for the Arts. Each stop was filled with creativity, treats, and overflowing creative expression! We particularly loved the eye-poppin’ 3D exhibit ending the night at the Armory! Thanks to everyone who came out to ride and as always, extra thanks to our wonderful Ride Leaders who make these rides happen!

Los Angeles Bronze Rating

Last month the League of American Bicyclists awarded Los Angeles Bronze-level distinction as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The BFC Program works to continuously improve conditions for bicyclists.  Despite our reputation as a traffic congested car-centric city, LA has been movin’ up the ranks: Last year the City of Angeles was awarded an honorable mention from the League.

We should all step back and realize the monumental progress that Los Angeles has made to be considered a “Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.”  A little over a decade ago, the city really come alive with the idea of increasing bicycling.  Organizations like C.I.C.L.E. and the Bicycle Kitchen began directly getting people out of their cars and on bikes and the L.A.C.B.C. made greater headway into policy and infrastructure.  In the span of about 10 years, we have achieved what many thought was impossible in this car-centric city.  At this rate of progress, it could be possible in another 10 years for Los Angeles to be known as a premier bicycling city.  Keep in mind, Copenhagen’s status didn’t happen over night.  It took almost 40 years for the Danish city to reach 40% of the population using bicycle transportation.

Those of us at C.I.C.L.E. are thankful for the League of American Bicyclists recognition.  The mayor, city council,  LADOT, Metro, local bicycle organizations, and this city’s citizens have worked hard to change the culture and create a healthier and more liveable Los Angeles.  C.I.C.L.E. will continue to encourage new bicyclists as we still have much work to do.  We are committed to educating the public on how bicycle transportation can be safe, healthy, economical, and fun!  At C.I.C.L.E., we welcome anyone who is looking for a supportive entry point into bicycling to join one of our accessible programs.

Read more about L.A.’s award on Streetsblog.

Safety Tip of the Month: Bicycling and the WIND!

From all directions!: Wind can be sneaky and approach a cyclist from any direction. It can give riders an extra push from behind or it can resist your every pedal. Wind can also hit you from the side, or breeze past when vehicles speed by.

Headwinds: Headwinds are especially challenging: they create a struggle and increase fatigue. To battle their strength, keep your body low and streamlined to stay balanced and move forward easily. Shift to a lower gear until you can maintain your normal speed. Remember to steer straight!

Say what?: Wind makes hearing other traffic more challenging. Keep your ears open, steer straight and anticipate any oncoming traffic.

No drifters! Don’t drift too close to the road edge. Accurate steering is more difficult when it’s windy.

Final tip!: Windproof jackets are great for those extra breezy nights!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
November 11th, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
November 11th, 2012 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

Made In LA Ride II
November 17th, 2012 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
December 2nd, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

Santa Monica Family Bike Fest
December 8th, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium