November News

Street Mural Ride & After-party!

Ride with C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expeditions on Saturday, Nov. 12th and experience the canvas of our city and the gallery of our streets.  C.I.C.L.E.’s team of trained ride leaders will lead a leisurely 7.5-mile bicycle ride through Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and the Downtown Arts district, curated by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

MCLA will show us works from artists including Earth Crew, Askew One, Shepard Fairey, How and Nosm, and more!

FUNdraiser After-party

Our tour will end at Gorilla Arts (located next to Lincoln Park) for an after-party.  The afterpary entrance fee is $10 and will include a drink coupon for a New Belgium brew, raffle ticket, and a mural pamphlet of the works visited on the ride.  Once inside, hangout with bicyclists and street art lovers, listen to cool tunes by DJ Alter, purchase tamales and drinks and treat yourself to cupcakes provided by Big Man Bakes.  We’ll end the event with some cool raffle prizes; including a piece of art, bicycle gear, and a gift certificate to Urban Noodle.

Funds raised will benefit C.I.C.L.E. and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

When: Saturday, November 12th.

Time: Meet at 1:30pm for registration.  Ride leaves promptly at 2:00pm.

Where: Meet at Lincoln Park (at Valley Blvd & San Pablo St) by the Valley Blvd parking lot.  (Lincoln Park is located 1.5 miles from the Chinatown Gold Line Station)

Price: Entrance to the after-party is $10.

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.

The after-party is generously sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

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Tour de Fat was the Best Bike Bash!

Thank you to all those who attended, volunteered, and to New Belgium Brewing for making Tour de Fat 2011 one heck of a bicycle celebration!

A Few Highlights:

1) C.I.C.L.E. raised a whopping $11,108.94 to support our bicycle programming!

2) Over 2,500 bicycle enthusiasts showed their support and smiling faces.

3) A Long Beach resident swapped her car for a bicycle donated by New Belgium Brewing.

4) The kick-off Bicycle Parade showed Downtown L.A. how fun it is to ride, entertainers wowed us on stage, and the singin’ never stopped in the Karaoke-porta-john.

Thanks again for your support and thanks to New Belgium Brewing for supporting CICLE and for spreading bicycle love across the nation!

View more photos here.

Learn New Moves for a Groovier Ride

C.I.C.L.E is offering two classes: Learn to Ride (for adults) and Traffic Basics. Here’s what people are saying:

“thank you for all the great info and the hands-on ride! i feel more confident now biking on the streets.” 

“Thanks for the lesson, Learn how to ride a bike, on Saturday. It was a wonderful experience. I had learned a lot from this workshop:”

November 19thLearn to Ride (for adults) 10am-12pm (Eagle Rock) : 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: $25 (class) $10 (bicycle rental if needed) Information on what to bring and location will be provided in conformation. SPACE IS LIMITED. Email to RSVP.

November 19thTraffic Basics 1:30pm-3:00pm (Atwater Village): Did you know that you can avoid almost half of car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street? In the class, 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.

Price: $15 Sliding scale available, no one turned away for lack of funds. Email to RSVP.

Safety Tip of the Month: Hug your friends, not parked cars and curbs.

The next time you see fellow cyclists hugging the curb or a line of parked cars, you may want to relay the following tips:

1) Bicyclists should only ride as near to the right curb “as practicable.”  Cyclists are allowed to move as far leftward on a roadway as necessary in order to avoid roadway hazards.
Often, the area closest to the curb has the most debris and hazards.

2) When hugging the curb, bicyclists remove themselves from the line of site of motorists at intersections.  Cyclists should positions themselves in the lane where motorists can see them.

3) Riding next to the curb does not leave bicyclists room to maneuver around road hazards.  By keeping some extra space between the curb and your bicycle, you’ll have space to swerve around obstacles that can cause an accident.

4) A common and serious accident occurs when bicyclists ride into an opened car door.  This is called “getting doored.”  The best way to avoid this situation is to ride 3-4 feet from parked cars.  Some bicyclists will try to weave around parked cars, but it’s always better to keep a straight path and stay predictable for other road users.

Dine Out and/or Party to Support C.I.C.L.E.

There are two cool ways to support C.I.C.L.E. this month!

First, a portion of the SoCal Native Foods Cafe profits will go to C.I.C.L.E. on Wednesday, Nov. 9th.  Native Foods Cafe is supporting C.I.C.L.E. because they think bicycles are rad and they want to support more of them.  We do too! Dine out at one of their locations in: Culver City, Costa Mesa, Aliso Viejo, Tustin, Westwood, or Palm Springs and C.I.C.L.E. will receive some buckaroos. Not to mention, you’ll be treated to fresh, tasty health-conscious food! Support C.I.C.L.E. at Native Community Days on Wednesday, November 9th.

Second, bike with us on our November 12th Street Mural Ride and attend our after-party fundraiser.  We’ll have New Belgium beer, tamales, a DJ, art, raffle prizes, and good vibes!  The after-party entrance fee is $10 and includes a drink, raffle ticket, and mural pamphlet.

October’s Urban Ex:  No Tricks, All Treats.

The pedaling didn’t stop in October.  C.I.C.L.E. led its biannual ArtNight Ride.  About 70 riders toured Pasadena’s cultural institutions in the fresh air and under the moonlit sky. We saw great art and met new friends.  The USC alumni were even representing.  Do we sense an Urban Expedition collegiate bicycle challenge?

View more pictures here!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Nov. 5-7 – California Bike Summit  – Join bicycle enthusiast and activists to plan how to make California more bicycle friendly.  The summit will be held in Downtown Los Angeles.

Nov. 9 – Native Community Days – Fund-raise for C.I.C.L.E. by dining at a Native Foods Cafe.

Nov. 12th – C.I.C.L.E.’s Street Mural Ride – Join us for a guided bicycle tour through Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and the Downtown Arts district, curated by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. We’ll see world famous street murals and end with a FUNdraiser afterparty!

Nov. 14th – Grand Opening of Burbank’s Bicycle Parking Station

Nov. 16th  – LA County Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing on Final Draft of Bike Plan

Nov. 19th – C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn to Ride for Adults

Nov. 19th – C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class