November News

BEST Ride: Flower Power Ride

Screen Shot 2017-10-18 at 3.11.20 PMWin a Sole Bike, presented by the Metro Bicycle Education & Safety Training (BEST) program!
You must RSVP for the event to be entered in the raffle and must be present for the drawing for the free bike.

There’s nothing more classic than riding a bike carrying flowers and a baguette. You get the opportunity to experience the beauty of fresh flowers and breads all while not worrying about traffic and parking. Bike with us as we visit LA’s own Flower Mart with an optional ride to the Art District’s Bread Lounge.

Beginning at FIGat7th, we’ll ride to the famous LA Flower Mart and check out the fresh flowers and foliage. Make sure you bring a bike basket or something to carry home your treasures, because you’ll want to take home the beautiful blossoms that LA Flower Mart has to offer. Afterwards, you have the option to ride to the Bread Lounge, known for their exquisite hand made breads and pastries.

  • 9:00am – Meet-up at FIGat7th
  • 9:30am – Start of bike ride from FIGat7th
  • 9:45-10:30am – Stop 1: LA Flower Mart
  • 10:35-10:45am – Return to FIGat7th
  • 10:45-11:00am – Bicycle raffle at FIGat7th
  • 11:05-11:25am—Stop 2: Optional ride to the Bread Lounge
  • 12:00pm-12:20pm – Ride back to Metro 7th Street Station or FIGat7th

When: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am, roll out at 9:30 am. Ride ends at 10:45am and the optional ride ends at 12:20.
Where: FIGat7th

Flower Power bike ride presented by Metro.
Bike donated by FIGat7th!

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Biking with Your Best Friend

IMG_2601Whenever I drove my car to run errands, my little dog, Karma, came with me as long as it wasn’t too hot in the car. She would willingly jump into the back seat where her blanket and toys resided. However, as I used my car less and used my bike more, my best friend was left behind. I always felt guilty leaving her but I didn’t know what else to do. Always seeing her wagging tail, when she saw me come home made the guilt even worse. I’ve discovered that we could ride with our pets to run errands and have fun. We could go to the vet, to the groomers or just enjoy a fun ride down the LA River Path or at CicLAvia.

There are a different ways to ride with your best friend. Your pup or kitten could ride in a basket on your bike, sit in a trailer attached to your bike or you could use a cargo bike. I have seen people get creative by using backpacks or a chest carrier for their furry friends.

IMG_3383I don’t have access to a cargo bike any longer since mine walked away from my garage space. Grrr. So I chose to put a large basket on my bike. Depending on the dog’s height and weight a basket can be placed on a front rack or on a rear rack. I have a porteur rack that allows me to carry a 32-pound dog on my bike.

I put a liner in the basket so Karma would be comfortable as she sat in the basket. Most liners come with attached lightweight leashes to secure a dog. Using a harness with a leash attached to the dog as well as the bike adds an extra layer of protection. A trailer and a cargo bike allow for larger dogs or multiple dogs. Check the manufacturer’s size specifications to see if they’re a fit for your dog. Many trailers have harnesses inside and can carry one or more dogs.
Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Karma was around 6 years old when she started riding in my bike basket. I started by walking the bike along side us on our walks, so she would feel comfortable around a bike. Then I put the basket on my living room floor, so she would get use to it being around. I put treats inside the basket and would occasionally put her inside, so she could retrieve the treat. She soon associated the basket as something that was harmless and contained treats. Next I put it all together and did a trial run around our block.

At first she looked like she wanted to jump out, but I kept reassuring her by saying “good girl” and “stay”. Eventually she started to enjoy our rides and would stay in the basket looking around at the folks and dogs walking on the sidewalk, crossing the street and smelling the bacon wrapped hotdogs from a cart, or the carne asada from a truck parked at the car wash.

Now when my bike comes off its storage rack each day, Karma looks at me with large begging eyes waiting for me to pick her up and put her inside the basket, ready for our next adventure.

Upcoming Classes
Last Classes of the Year!

Traffic Basics

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-4-33-51-pmDid 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.
Please register here to sign up for the class.
When: November 4, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Caltech Y, 505 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena  91125

Learn to Ride for Adults

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 7.49.13 PMDid you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time. Please click here to register.
Date: November 12th, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza

Bike Handling Skills
You’ve taken the Learn to Ride class and learned how to ride a bike. Now what? Would you like improve your bike handling skills? Learn how to stop smoothly, turns, signaling and looking behind you all while riding in a straight line.
This class will improve your skills as a bicyclist. Bring your bike and take the class for free or rent one of our bikes for $10.
Come to this class and become a confident bicyclist. Please click here to register.
Date: November 12th, 2017
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 7.51.54 PMLooking for a fun volunteer opportunity that supports bicycle advocacy? Ride bikes, meet great folks, learn new skills and support happiness on two wheels! To share your talents and volunteer to help keep us rollin’, please sign up here!



Upcoming Events on Two Wheels (& two feet)

Taste of South Pasadena hosted by Bike SGV and Metro Bike. November 9th, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

#inourshoes: A World Day of Remembrance Art Installation & Experience, hosted by Los Angeles Walks and Vision Zero Alliance. November 17th, 2017, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Taste of Glendora hosted by Bike SGV and Metro Bike. November 18th, 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Monthly Community Ride presented by Ride On! Bike Shop/Coop. November 25th, 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm