November 2013 News

One Mile at a Time: One participant from the Learn to Ride Class shares their story!

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We asked one of the participants in our Learn to Ride Class to share their concerns, fears, hopes and dreams around bicycling.  Here is what Estelle, age 29, has to say as one of LA’s newest bicyclists!

CICLE: What had been your biggest obstacle to learning to ride a bike?

Estelle: My biggest obstacle was getting over the idea that learning to ride a bike is something that we do as children only. People of all ages can learn or re-learn one of the most exciting ways to get around town.

CICLE: What sparked the decision to look for this class and sign up?

Estelle: I envisioned that I could find an alternative way to get around besides driving. For short distances a bike seemed like the best way to travel and I wanted a way to add more exercise to my regimen.

CICLE: What was your experience like in CICLE’s Learn to Ride Class?

Estelle: I had a wonderful experience after not being on a bike in years. The class was very small and each lesson played out at my own pace until the finale when it was time to add the pedals and combine all that I learned up to that moment. It was exciting to see what I had accomplished in the end by riding with confidence.

CICLE: How did it feel to learn to ride a bike?

Estelle: It was a great feeling. I couldn’t stop smiling knowing that I had finally taken the first step in achieving a long-time goal. I knew with more practice on my own I could and would get better.

CICLE: How do you use your bike in your life now:

Estelle: I plan to use my bike in my spare time and ride to close places and then build myself up for longer rides through the streets.

CICLE: Do you have any advice for others who may be nervous to start this process?

Estelle: Being nervous is normal. As an adult, you have a fear that either you won’t learn how to ride or you will learn but may fall and get hurt in the process. This class tends to both these fears and then some. CICLE staff prepare you so well that you won’t think of falling or failing; all you will think of is the end result!

Congratulations and welcome to the bicycle community, Estelle!  We’re so happy that you joined us.  Thank you for sharing your story.

We hope Estelle’s experience inspires others to join the class and start exploring life on two wheels as well!

Bikes In the City: Upcoming Learn to Ride for Adults Classes

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. Online Registration is now available and open! Space is limited, register early.

Saturday, November 17th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, November 17th: 11:30am- 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

 

L.A. County Metro Sponsors the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, led by CICLE with the Valley Bikery!

valleyride1On Saturday, November 16, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), CICLE, with the Valley Bikery, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Northridge Deli, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride,” from Dearborn Park through Northridge and Granada Hills to visit some of the area’s tastiest spots. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will stop by The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design (whose passions are cakes and cupcakes!).  At each stop, owners will welcome participants and share their business’ history, connection to the community and discuss their ingredients for creating a delicious establishment.

As with all CICLE rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. CICLE rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 10 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Dearborn Park, Northridge, Los Angeles CA 91325 (Wish Ave and Dearborn St)

Neighborhood: Northridge, Granada Hills

Accessible by Metro Buses: Metro Bus 166/364, 167 and 236/237

What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. 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.

Recap: Over 100 bicyclists came out to the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal!

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On Sunday, October 20, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), CICLE and the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition led a community bicycle ride, “The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal” from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. Over 100 cyclists came out donned in some of the most creative costumes ever to roll on two wheels! We zipped past the dozens of cars in gridlock traffic by the parking lot as we were escorted to the reserved bicycle parking area. Farm Store staff welcomed the group and presented background on the store itself as well as the pumpkin patch, filled with over 60,000 pumpkins!

After exploring Farmer’s Market, the petting zoo, the Corn Maze, the Pumpkin Patch and oodles of tasty booths, we headed back to downtown Pomona with pumpkins in tow. CICLE Director, Dan Dabek, carried five hefty pumpkins back on a trailer! The event wrapped up at The Loft on 2nd for a raffle and delicious treats.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, the event was truly spectacular! A special thanks to our partners, Metro and the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, and of course to our all-star Ride Leaders who ensure the ride is safe, smooth and carefree. If you’d like to sign up to join our volunteer family, please fill out our volunteer form! We’d to have you join us for future excursions!

pomonamapsRoute Map for the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal

As part of the these Metro sponsored rides, route maps have been created so that you can recreate the fun of the ride, find bicycle facilities, transit stations and other sites of interest in Los Angeles County.  Click here to download the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal MAP!

 

 

Holiday Sale!  15% Off CICLE’s Ever Popular  “Benefits of a Bicycle” Tee

Are you looking for a way to spread holiday bike joy?Benefitsofabicycle  We’re starting the giving season by offering 15% off CICLE’s Benefits of a Bicycle Tee!  This famous design was created by CICLE’s own founder, Shay Wiessler Sanchez!

These yummy “mint chocolate chip” colored tees are silk screened in the USA on unisex soft- cotton fitted American Apparel t-shirts.  All U.S. orders have FREE shipping!

Use coupon code cicle15 during check-out.   Hurry, sale ends on December 31st, 2013!

Recap: The ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride – A beautiful evening tour of Pasadena’s most creative exhibits!

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On Friday, October 11, bicyclists took to the streets of Pasadena during ArtNight to tour an incredible collection of art galleries and museums, including the Armory Center for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects and the Pasadena Museum of History. It was a perfect evening to zip from one artistic venue to the next, skipping parking and the hassle of rush hour traffic.

A huge thanks goes out to Real Goods Solar, one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies, for generously sponsoring the event! Before taking off into the night, we held a raffle and a very lucky bicyclist became the new owner of a brand new Nest, generously donated by Real Goods Solar.

Beyond the sponsorship, the partnership between C.I.C.L.E. and Real Goods Solar aims to support all forms of environmentally friendly efforts, through pedals and (solar) panels! Go solar with Real Goods and you’ll see energy savings each month.  Paired with your bicycle, you’ll be on the road to fossil fuel independence! Signing up with Real Goods Solar means savings for you and support for C.I.C.L.E.! Real Goods Solar will donate $500 to C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

As always, thank you to our incredible team of Ride Leaders and our amazing photographer, Kelly Philips! Ride Leaders did an incredible job of keeping the group together and safe and Kelly perfectly captured it all! To learn more about volunteering with CICLE, see more info here. To see more amazing work by Kelly, please visit her page.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking involves much more than just a lock and a pole. See different types of bicycle parking, economic benefits for businesses, and the LA Bike Parking Ordinance!

Options galore! Here are FUN FACTS for 6 types of bike parking:

parking2Bike Corrals – On-street bike parking that is low-cost and easy to install. Bikes on the street means more space for pedestrians on the sidewalk. Bike corrals provide bike parking for 12 to 24 bicycles (otherwise used by 1-2 cars)!

Lockers – Bicycle lockers are secure, dry (for LA’s few rainy days!) and convenient. Lockers are often located by transit stops and can simplify multi-modal trips.  Lockers usually cost a fee for use.

Automated underground bicycle parking – Pioneered in Japan, an automated transporter can valet and retrieve a bike in seconds.  These underground bike parking garages can fit over 800 bicycles.  They take up little space on the street and provide protection from the elements and theft.  We want robotic bike parking!  Watch an awesome video of automated underground bicycle parking in action here.

Artistic bicycle racksparking4 – These are functional and beautiful! Unique and aesthetic designs enhance the image of a city as livable and innovative.

Bike Oasis – Built on a curb extension with overhead roof cover for rain protection! This sleek design allows for street sweepers to easily pass by and does not require bollards or other protrusions. The structure is often paired with bicycle and pedestrian maps and visuals.

Business boom? Bicycle parking benefits businesses!

  • On street bicycle parking increases the visibility of a business from the street by 53%
  • Bicycle corrals increase foot and bike traffic by 67%
  • Bicycle parking increases transportation options for both employees and patrons
  • Bicycle parking promotes sustainability
  • Bicycle corrals and other forms of bicycle parking enhance the street and neighborhood’s identity as a livable place

 

Not just for businesses!

Bicycle parking is making it’s impact on housing developments!  The LA Bike Parking Ordinance encourages safe and secure parking in lieu of car parking in all types of new development. Bike parking spots can be swapped in for car parking – one car spot can be replaced by four bike parking spots.

Infrastructure News

New LA Bicycle Corral in Atwater Village!

LADOT has installed a newly designed bicycle corral in Atwater Village at 3147 Glendale Boulevard in front of Kaldi Coffee.  Show your support and attend Council Distrcit 14’s ribbon cutting this Saturday (11/2/13) at noon.

Read more at LA Streetsblog.

7th Street Bike Lanes:

The bike lanes on 7th Street through downtown have been extended east beyond Figueroa! Extending the lanes will create a more complete, connected network of bicycle infrastructure. Zip through downtown seamlessly!

Read more on the LADOT Bike Blog!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

Santa Barbara Open Streets
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA

Experience Central Ave
(with the LACBC, TRUST South LA, Community Health Councils, Eastside Riders)
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

California by Bike Summit
November 7th-10th, 2013
Oakland, CA

The Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Act:

Sign the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s petition to Urge Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to L.A.

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’!

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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