November Newsletter

Coming Up: NELA Bicycle Corral Ribbon Cutting + Ride with NELA BFBD

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Start the holiday season off on two wheels!

Northeast LA Bicycle Friendly Business District will sponsor a bicycle corral opening and shop local holiday ride with support from C.I.C.L.E.! Riders will meet at Metro’s Highland Park Train Station with tips and tricks on shopping by bike and ways to lock your bike and keep it safe. We’ll escort participants to shops on York Blvd and then onto Colorado Blvd. where Councilman Jose Huizar will officially dedicate the new bike corral with a ribbon cutting in front of Big Mama’s Pizzeria.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Highland Park Metro Station

151 North Avenue 57, Los Angeles
More details here.

Photo Source: LADOT Bike Program Facebook Page

Looking Back: “Pedal to the Port – A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween” – A Spooky Adventure!

wilmington group rideOn Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, led over 80 clowns, pirates and ghosts through Wilmington during, “Pedal to the Port!” From Banning Park, riders zipped along California’s densest network of bike lanes to visit the Happy Harbor Halloween festival. Along the way, participants visited powerful community murals and the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. At the Happy Harbor Halloween festival at the Port of Los Angeles, riders enjoyed music, games and more.
This amazing short video shows it all, thanks to Johnny from Milestone Rides.
As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer squad of Ride Leaders. Want to join this awesome group of folks? Sign up here, we’d love to have you!

The Power of Learning to Ride: Karyn, Los Angeles’s Newest Rider

KarynA few weeks ago, Karyn learned to ride for the first time. Here’s what she shared with us:
I remember trying to ride a bike for a brief time in my childhood, but giving up rather quickly – deciding I didn’t have the balance and coordination required. In my youth, not knowing how to ride a bike was a secret shame… I would come up with creative diversions when friends suggested riding bikes. Not knowing how to ride gnawed at me throughout my adulthood – in my head it symbolized the ultimate obstacle – that thing I had to do to prove to myself that if I could learn to ride – I could overcome just about anything.

Three months ago my husband and I learned that our young adult daughter’s rare cancer recurred. It’s a diagnosis that will require great strength from our entire family. It’s a diagnosis that can make one feel helpless – not always knowing what is under our control and what is not. To prepare for the fight ahead – I needed to do something personal and important to give me the strength, confidence, and reminder that there is much under my control. I knew it was time to learn to ride a bike.
My C.I.C.L.E. class was fantastic. My bones felt very creaky and tired, but I was determined, and the step-by-step guidance made it easy and natural. Before my first attempt at actually riding, I put all my thoughts on my daughter and reminded myself that I absolutely have to succeed. By the end of the two hour class, I was pedaling and able to ride several feet. I cannot put into words what that meant to me. I was pedaling, gliding and feeling empowered. Determined not to lose the momentum, I got myself a bike the next day and rode just a bit farther a few nights during that week (with my supportive husband at my side). This evening, exactly one week after my lesson – I rode around the block, and could have kept on riding had the sun not been setting.
It is not an exaggeration to say that decades worth of doubt were overcome in just two short hours. It was among the most important and empowering two hours I’ve ever spent.

Fly solo or learn with teammates! C.I.C.L.E. now offers both group Learn to Ride classes and private, one-on-one sessions.

Know Your Infrastructure: Neighborhood Greenways

GreenwaysTired of speedy, cut-through traffic in your neighborhood? Don’t fear, Neighborhood Greenways are here! Residents, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safely share these unique streets. Neighborhood Greenways are quiet, pleasant streets with fewer, slower vehicles moving through. Traffic “calming” efforts (like traffic circles, or roundabouts, traffic diverters and speed bumps) slow down cut-through motor vehicles and re-direct traffic onto main streets. Imagine an hourglass that allows bicyclists and pedestrians to flow through at intersections; cars however, just don’t fit. Instead, vehicles are diverted to busier main streets.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

LTRLearn to Ride for Adults (Learn with Teammates or Go Solo!)

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014: 9:00 am- 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!
Sunday, November 16, 2014: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! C.I.C.L.E. now conducts Private Learn to Ride Sessions for adults. Schedule a one-on-one class at your convenience (bicycle included). Register here.


Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsLooking for a rad 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!

Support C.I.C.L.E. and Go Solar! With our partnership with Real Goods Solar, 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 C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels (& two feet):

Los Angeles Walks: Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk November 15, 2014 @ 10 am

Bici Paseo y Accion in Boyle Heights November 16, 2014 @ 11 am

Save the Date: Feeder Ride to CicLAvia Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 am

CicLAvia: South LA Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 9 am