October 2013 News

Join C.I.C.L.E. for the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride and enjoy the vibrance and creativity of Pasadena at night on two wheels!

artnight2On Friday, October 11th, embrace the evening by bicycle and explore Pasadena’s incredible collection of art galleries and museums, all open and free to the public.  C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects and the Pasadena Museum of History. Stimulate your mind and your muscles on this easy, breezy, artsy ride through town!

C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride is generously sponsored by Real Goods Solar, one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies. 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 with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly and leisurely paced. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers who provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

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

When: Friday, October 11, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:30pm

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night lights. 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.

For more information about ArtNight Pasadena visit: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

About Real Goods Solar, Inc.: Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSOL) is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 15,000 solar power systems representing over 100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support.

L.A. County Metro Sponsors the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal, led by C.I.C.L.E.!

On Sunday, October 20, through a sponsorship by the pumpkinpedalLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal” from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through Pomona to celebrate Halloween and explore the ease of carrying holiday goodies on two wheels! At the festival, participants will receive a unique welcome and can explore thousands of pumpkins, the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze, the popular Insect Fair, entertainment and much more! Some trailers will be provided to haul your favorite soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns back but participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets and trailers to help haul any heavy purchases. Riders are encouraged to dress to impress in your favorite costume!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is 11 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Sunday, October 20, 2013

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

Where: Thomas Plaza
S. Thomas St., Pomona CA 91766 (At S. Thomas St. and West 2nd St.)

Neighborhood: Pomona

Accessible by Foothill Transit buses: 291, 480, 286, 195, 197, Silver Streak, and Omnitrans Bus 61

Pumpkin Festival Prices: Admission is FREE. Pumpkins from the patch are $5 each. Insect Fair: $6 adults; $4 students and children 3-12 years; 2 and under are free.
Prices for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides and the petting zoo vary. See website for details

The Farm Store staff will generously provide 10% coupons to participants to use at the store.

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. Baskets and trailers are encouraged!

About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition: The Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition (PVBC) is a chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) founded in March 2012. Our mission is to create better, more bike-able, and healthier streets for the residents in the Pomona Valley area and to empower both pedestrians and cyclists to make a positive impact and change in their local communities. We envision a healthier community where pedestrians and cyclists feel comfortable and secure on the streets, free of harm.

Recap: Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition, sponsored by Metro!

made1made2made3made4

On Saturday, September 21st, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, led the “Made in LA” Ride along the LA River with over 150 bicyclists! The event started off at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens with a group welcome, bicycle safety tips and an exciting raffle for goodies donated by Bike Metro and the LA River Corp. Participants then took off on two wheels to visit three businesses along the LA River that manufacture goods on-site, in LA!  First up was Grain Surfboards, followed by Kreugermann Pickle Factory and finally swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Each stop served as an exciting glimpse into what it means to produce, and buy, locally. At Kreugerman, participants sampled an immense variety of pickles and sauerkraut, including what may now be the cycling community’s new favorite, Habanero Pickles! At swrve, the group received a tour through the production room and fell in love with the stylish designs and artsy crafts throughout the shop.

The ride was a blast and a truly unique way to connect with and support local businesses along the river. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event, including our superstar volunteer team. Thanks volunteers, for your time, energy, smiles and waves! We can’t make these events happen without you! To join this incredible team and lend your leadership skills, sign up here!

Route Map for the Made in LA Ride

madeinlamapAs 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 Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition MAP!

 

 

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

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

Saturday, October 19th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, October 19th: 11:30am- 1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza

Traffic Basics Class:

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 through instruction and live street experience.  The first portion of the class will include a presentation and participatory discussion on safety and skills. The second portion of class, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

When: Saturday, October 26th: 11am-1pm

This class is full.  Please email bike@cicle.org for updates on future classes.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Superhighways!

A highway, for bicycles?

A Bicycle Super Highway is a bicyclist’s dream come true! On this cycle highway, the cyclist’s needs come first on routes that are quick, safe and comfortable. The highway connects bicyclists with key destinations like home, work, school and public transportation. A ride on the highway is swift and efficient, often with as few stops as possible to keep you movin’ along!

How are bicyclists’ needs prioritized?

Ever gone surfing on a bike? Green waves keep bicyclists rollin’! Traffic lights usually cater to vehicle patterns and needs, but bicycle superhighways reverse that. On these highways, traffic lights are adjusted for cyclists along major roads to ensure a quick and easy flow for two-wheeled commuters. Bicyclists can easily “surf” a wave of green lights through the city during rush hour without ever putting down a foot.

The Los Angeles Bicycle Highway that almost was…!

In 1897, a commuter cycleway was partially built between Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles. At the time, 6% of Angelenos were bicyclists. However, Los Angeles’ auto-centric craze quickly rolled through and the project was never completed and instead, the Arroyo Seco Parkway was built. More info here

BICYCLING & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS:

Victory for California Cyclists: 3 Foot Passing Bill is signed into Law!

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB1371, the “Three Feet for Safety Act” requiring cars to give three feet of space when passing cyclists.  After five failed attempts to pass the bill into law, California has finally followed suit with 24 other states that already have three-foot passing rules in place. This law will give actual wiggle room to cyclists on the streets of LA (and throughout CA!). Hopefully, the law will minimize those frightful moments when cars whiz by a bit too closely. Whether it is giving three feet of space or slowing to a safe speed, this victory serves a reminder for all to equitably and respectfully share street space. More info here.

Buffered Bike Lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock

With the support of Take Back the Boulevard, LADOT has striped bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock! Bike lanes have been added on each side of the boulevard, reducing vehicle traffic from three lanes in each direction to two lanes in each direction. A painted buffer is in place to separate bikes and cars, creating an even greater sense of safety for bicyclists. The bike lanes, in conjunction with new continental crosswalks, will make the boulevard safer for all users. Efforts to improve bicycling throughout the Los Angeles community are truly coming to fruition!

35% Boost in State Funding for Walking and Bicycling Projects!

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill to increase state funding by 35% for walking and bicycling projects! This boost means greater strides (and more pedals!) are in clear view in the coming year! The signed legislation establishes a new Active Transportation Program funded by $130 million in the first year. Safe Routes to Schools projects will receive at least $24 million for projects and at least 25% will directly support disadvantaged communities.  These policy shifts are great news for pedestrians and everyone using two wheels to move through our communities!

UPCOMING EVENTS on Two Wheels:

ArtNight Pasadena Ride
Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:30pm

Rob Hopkins and the Just Doing Stuff
Transition Town Fair
Monday, October 14th, 2013

Los Angeles Global Frackdown Bike & Walk for a Frack-Free LA
Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City, CA 90230.

The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 10:30am
Thomas Plaza, Pomona

Santa Barbara Tour de Cure Women’s Series
Sunday, October 27th, 2013

12th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit:
Connecting the Dots – Linking Infrastructure, Education and Healthcare
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at JW Marriot at L.A. LIVE

The Northridge Diners and Deli’s Ride
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:30am
Northridge, CA

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, 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 C.I.C.L.E. and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!

Support C.I.C.L.E. 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 C.I.C.L.E. for everyone who chooses solar through this program.