October 2012 News


ArtNight Ride: Explore the Beauty and Culture of Pasadena

Join C.I.C.L.E. for the ArtNight Pasadena Ride and enjoy the vibrant and beautiful city of Pasadena at night. The bike tour of Pasadena’s vast collection of art galleries and museums (free and open to the public) will be absolutely awe-inspiring. You will be grateful for the ease of popping on and off your bike to scope out these alluring exhibits! The ride will be leisurely-paced, under 10 miles long, and will allow participants a break at each stop to tour the exhibits.

Stops will include:
-Armory for the Arts
-The Pasadena History Museum
-Side Street Projects
-Pasadena Museum of California Art
-Pacific Asian Museum

C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expedition rides are facilitated by a team of trained Ride Leaders. C.I.C.L.E.’s Ride Leaders provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike.

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, October 12th, 2012

Time: Meet at 6:30pm. Ride leaves promptly at 7:00pm.

Price: Free

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What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order, and plenty of night lights. 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.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit http://www.artnightpasadena.org/.  For questions about the ArtNight Ride, contact C.I.C.L.E. at bike@cicle.org

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat: A day of all things bikes!

The Tour de Fat rolled through Los Angeles on September 15th at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to celebrate all things bikes and raise money for C.I.C.L.E.! Thanks to over 4,000 bicyclists who came out in the sizzling sun, C.I.C.L.E. raised over $9,000! The day included festive bicycle ride through downtown Los Angeles, unique and exciting costumes, stages full of music and overflowing energy, and refreshing beer from New Belgium Brewing! The highlight of the event was honoring the annual Car for Bike Trade recipient. Amanda committed to trading in their car for one year in exchange for a fully equipped, locally made, custom-built bicycle.  Thank you, Amanda!!

An extra special thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who made this event flawless! Volunteers sold tokens, checked IDs, poured beer, and helped with set-up and clean up. Volunteers are our non-profit HEROS!


In response to the 405 Fwy closure on September 29th and 30th, C.I.C.L.E. teamed up with Metro to host BIKE CARMAGEDDON: The Valley Ride. Metro’s Bike Program’s mission is to make bicycling more viable in L.A. County. The ride, one of many throughout the County, was a huge success. About 50 folks joined us on this breezy and exciting ride. The ride took off from the Balboa Orange Line Station and made two stops. At the first stop, cyclists enjoyed free admission to the beautiful and serene Japanese Garden at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Center. We heard from staff about the history, purpose, and role of the Japanese Garden and the incredible process of water reclamation. Participants also received freebie dog-leashes to encourage folks to bring their dogs to the near-by dog park. The route continued along the Orange Line Busway Bike Path to the ONEgeneration Encino Farmers Market where cyclists re-energized and enjoyed an incredible array of tasty goodies and treats.

Thanks to everyone who joined us. Our goal was to encourage folks to stay local, shop local, and learn about the accessible and bike friendly routes that link up wonderful spaces in the Valley! An extra special thanks to our Ride Leaders from the Valley Bikery! Their expertise and bike love truly showed (especially with the quickness that they changed flats!).

Join our friends at the Japanese Garden for their Origami Festival on Sunday, Oct 14th!

CicLAvia:  Valet with BikeNation and Support C.I.C.L.E & the L.A.C.B.C.

Get ready for CicLAvia on Sunday, October 7th from 10am to 3pm!  Enjoy 10 miles of Los Angeles streets free of cars and full of fun, excitement, people, and human-powered transportation.

BikeNation will be providing bikes and will have a bike valet service at Grand Park.  The proceeds from the bike valet will benefit C.I.C.L.E. and the L.A.C.B.C.  Park you bike at Grand Park, enjoy the sites, and support C.I.C.L.E.!

Safety Tip of the Month: Cycling at Night

SEE AND BE SEEN! It’s starting to get darker earlier! When riding in the dark, it’s important be visible and use extra caution, especially since it’s harder to see and be seen by others on the road. It is much more challenging to judge the conditions of the road (like potholes or low hanging branches!). Slow down, give yourself extra time to maneuver, and ride predictably. Use gaps in traffic to move across lanes or make turns, instead of trying to communicate with drivers.

LIGHTS, ACTION! Lights and visibility aids are essential for riding at night. Lights should be securely affixed on your bike. One white light emitting lamp for the front and a rear red reflector is required by California Law.  We STRONGLY advise all night riders to use a rear red light that has a strobe setting.  A rear red light will increase your visibility to motorists.

REFLECT: To help you see ahead of yourself and around you, white lines, reflective marking, and road signs help you navigate along at night. They will indicate where the side of the road is, upcoming turns, and other boundaries. Use these to help guide you.

LOOK AWAY: The headlights from oncoming traffic can be blinding for cyclists at night. Don’t look straight at oncoming vehicles: focus your attention on the road ahead of you. If you are blinded momentarily, slow down, look just ahead of your front wheel and be prepared to stop. The brim of a cap or your helmet visor can provide a shield against oncoming headlights.

INTERSECTION JIGGLES: Finally, stay visible when you are waiting for red lights to change at intersections. When you aren’t moving, it’s more difficult for drivers to see you. Without any leg movement, you are less likely to catch a driver’s attention. Try moving your handlebars from side to side to make your presence known and warn oncoming traffic that you are there.

Upcoming Workshops

Learn to Ride: 10/20/12 or 10/21/12

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. This class is at capacity, but contact us at bike@cicle.org to get on our waiting list to join the next available class!

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics: 11/3/12

Did you know that you can avoid many of the 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.

This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

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

To attend this class you must be able to:
-Start your bike with confidence and ease.
-Balance and steer your bike
-Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
-Use your gears effectively
-Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
-Look over your shoulder without veering.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

October 7th, 2012 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Car-free streets open for the people to enjoy by foot, bicycle, skateboard, jump-rope and other human-powered devices.

C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride
October 12th, 2012
Ride through the streets of Pasadena at night and enjoy the eclectic and stunning collection of art galleries and museums, open free to the public.

October 15-17, 2012
Hollywood, CA
Rail~Volution is a conference of passionate people, like you, who want to engage in thoughtful discussion about building livable communities with transit.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
October 20th, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
October 21st, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class
November 3rd, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Pasadena, CA