October News

Two, Four, Six, Eight…Tour de Fat’s Oct. 8th!

The ballyhoo of bikes and beer is upon us. Here’s your guide to the festival.

Costumed Bicycle Parade

Share your love of the bicycle life as you ride through downtown Los Angeles in a festive group ride.

When: 10:00am Registration. Parade begins at promptly at 11:00am.

What to bring: Your most expressive costume, your bicycle in good working condition, a suggested donation of $5 for the LACBC (ride organizers).  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.

Music, Theatrics, Fun, and Beer!

Stay and enjoy the fun after the ride with music and theatrics by Daredevil Chicken Club, The Dovekins, YoYo Squared, and Mucca Pazza.  Sing your heart out in the Karaoke-porta-john, take a ride in the wacky bicycle pit, enjoy cold New Belgium Brews, make new friends, and celebrate the Los Angeles bicycle community.

When: noon-5:00pm

What to bring: You and all your friends!

A few tidbits about Tour de Fat:

Tour de Fat encourages each city to celebrate with the most colorful, respectful and creative bike parade ever witnessed. (Hint: Wear something wacky!)

Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible and composts and recycles waste.  The waste diversion rate for 2010 was 91 percent.

Tour de Fat is free to attend, but beer and merchandise proceeds go to local cycling non-profits. During its lifespan, Tour de Fat events have raised more than $1.75 million for philanthropy.  Last year Tour de Fat raised $331,428.

All musical acts perform on a solar-powered stage decorated with recycled materials; trucks and transport use biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils; and all vendors operate off the grid.

This is a pro-bike celebration, not an anti-car rally…non-cyclists are more than welcome to join the festivities.

Volunteer for Tour de Fat for C.I.C.L.E.

ArtNight Ride

Join C.I.C.L.E. for its ArtNight Ride and enjoy the beauty of Pasadena at night. Immerse yourself in this intriguing bike tour of Pasadena’s vast collection of art galleries and museums which are open free to the public. There is no better way to experience this relaxing evening than by bicycle. The ride will be leisurely-paced, 6 miles long, and will allow participants a break at each stop to tour the exhibits.

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.

Highlights of this pedal-powered art tour include stops at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Side Street Projects, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Armory for the Arts.

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

When: Friday, October 14th, 2011

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

Price: Free

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.

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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 or 323.478.0060.

Bike Ed, Keeping Your Brain and Body Sharp

We’re trying out new locations for our classes. For an introductory period, we’re offering FREE classes! RSVP to reserve a limited spot.

October 22nd – 10am-12pm (Eagle Rock) Learn to Ride (for adults): Halloween is scary, but learning to ride doesn’t have to be. Join C.I.C.L.E. instructors for this two-hour class that will get you out there rolling on two wheels. Email bike@cicle.org to RSVP.

October 22nd – 2pm-3:30 (Atwater Village) Traffic Basics: 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. Email bike@cicle.org to RSVP.

Safety Tip of the Month

Did you know that sidewalk riding is more dangerous than riding on the street? While sidewalks are designed to provide a safe passageway for pedestrians, they don’t hold up as well for bicyclists. Here are the reasons why:

  1. Drivers are less likely to look for bicyclists when turning at intersections. Most drivers are looking for walkers on sidewalks and in crosswalks, and not a bicycle speeding by.
  2. Motorists are looking for faster moving traffic in the road, not on the sidewalk, when pulling out of driveways and alleys.
  3. Bicyclists have a better angle of vision when riding in the street. You can better see cars approaching intersections.
  4. Pedestrians can make unexpected moves or abruptly leave buildings, causing collisions with bicycles on the sidewalk.


Generally, people who bike in the street get to their destination quicker and with less danger. Also, it’s illegal to ride on the sidewalk in some cities (unincorporated cities in L.A. County, Santa Monica, and many city business districts). Save yourself the hassle of a ticket!

Being safe also means being comfortable. Instead of riding on busy streets, plan routes that put you on peaceful and pleasant roads. If you need to get on the sidewalk, hop off your bike and become a momentary pedestrian.

Action Alert

On September, 30th, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and RENEW LA held an L.A. County Bicycle Summit. Bicycle advocates, city representatives, and public servants came together to discuss ideas and strategies to create bicycle-friendly communities. Here are two things you can do to help!

  • If you enjoy a bicycle initiative like the 7th street bicycle lane, CicLAvia, or a bicycle corral, write a thank-you letter to your city council representative. Elected officials need to get more feedback from us when they are doing something right.
  • Tell Governor Brown to sign SB 910, Safe Passage Bill for Cyclists. Here’s more info and a draft letter from the California Bicycle Coalition.



Staying Strong After Tragedy

Those of us at C.I.C.L.E. feel deep sadness over the two fatal bicycle accidents in Pasadena. We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family of those whose lives were lost in these accidents.

Bicycle education and encouragement provide people with safe alternatives to the automobile. Encouraging more riders helps to prevent accidents, as studies show that bicycle crashes decrease as the number of riders in an area grows. Programing like C.I.C.L.E.’s Bike Week Pasadena is an innovative way to foster new riders and for bicyclists to get guided experience in live street conditions.

C.I.C.L.E. will work to provide additional programing so people are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the streets safely. Bicycle education is not only important for riders, but must also be part of the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle. Through these efforts, we can prevent future accidents.

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Made In L.A. Ride: Can’t Wait for the Sequel!

In September, C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expeditions lead 65 riders around the Downtown and Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. We learned about the inspirational mission of Homeboy Industries and got treated to delicious snacks from their bakery. We took a tour of the Walker Foods factory and learned how the El Pato sauces are made. Our last stop with Angel City Brewery, where we scoped out the cool space where art and artisan beer coexist. Thanks to everyone who joined us and thank you to Homeboy Industries, Walker Foods, and Angel City Brewery for the amazing hospitality.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Oct. 8th – Tour de Fat  – Bicycle parade, music, entertainment, beer, and tons of fun.

Oct. 9th – CicLAvia – Car-free streets open for the people to enjoy by foot, bicycle, skateboard, jump-rope and other human-powered devices.

Oct. 14th – C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Pasadena Ride – Join us for a guided bicycle tour of Pasadena and its cultural institutions.  The ArtNight Ride is produced with ArtNight, when Pasadena’s cultural institutions open their doors to the public at no charge so that everyone may experience the rich culture and history of Pasadena and the beauty of the city at night.