October Newsletter

Coming Up: “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween,” Sponsored by Metro!

mario brother riderHalloween has long been a walking holiday; enjoy the entire day without a car and swap four wheels for two to visit the Harbor area’s annual waterfront event!

On Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, will lead a costumed bicycle ride, “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween!” From Banning Park, participants will ride to the Happy Harbor Halloween festival at the Port of Los Angeles for waterfront festivities, performances, games and more. Local leaders will highlight creative street murals and other community gems along the way. Grab a front row seat/saddle for this festive event for all ages. Capes and costumes encouraged, for both you and your bike!

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: Meet at 10 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m. The ride will return to the starting location by 1 p.m.

Where: 401 E. M Street (at Cary Avenue), Banning Park, Wilmington, CA 90744

Sneak Peek: LA Explorers Club Presents Keep LA Beautiful – Westside Edition!

LA Explorers club logoFor the second installment of “Keep LA Beautiful,” the LA Explorers Club will be hosting a 9 mile, one way pedal from the heart of beautiful Culver City into Venice and Marina del Rey. They will be connecting beautiful landmarks and greenspace, and stopping to share some history and stories along the way. Ride meets at City Tavern from 2:30-4 pm for registration, beers, and mingle time. Ride ends at Tony P’s on Admiralty Way in Marina Del Rey at 6:30 pm.

Tickets required. $10 ticket includes two New Belgium Brewing beers and a limited edition ride patch. $20 ticket includes Los Angeles Explorers Club membership, $3 off future rides, 3 New Belgium beers, and limited edition ride patch.

Register before the last ticket is scooped up!

Looking Back: Glendale: “The Jewel City Tour,” a delicious adventure!

On Saturday, September 27, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. and Walk Bike Glendale led over 100 cyclists through the blazing streets of Glendale during the “Jewel City Tour.” Riders met at the Glendale Metrolink Station and took off to visit three spots. After hundreds of waves, smiles and bell rings to and from passing pedestrians, we stopped at Porto’s Bakery. We were personally welcomed and listened to a truly heartfelt history of the bakery. Riders enjoyed freebie pastries (including our favorite Cheese Rolls)! Afterwards, we walked over to the infamous Alex Theatre for another unique welcome and history. Finally, we zipped over to Golden Road Brewing, passing by the gorgeous Glendale Narrows along the way. At the brewery, riders enjoyed an insider’s tour of the brewery and cooled off with some tasty treats.

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!

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Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema


Pedaling Backward: LA Explorers Club Ride: Keep LA Beautiful – Connecting the LA Greenbelt

Justino Garcia, CICLE’s very own EMT, provides a guest recap of the day:

Nervous to embark on our first ride conspicuously billed as “Advanced,” I bit the bullet and attended. Our five volunteers seemed more at ease than I. I hung back at every hill for the admittedly brand new/slightly rusty riders, but they managed to push far beyond my silent expectations with an enthusiasm that carried the rear packs all the way through to the end. It also helped that the weather was idyllic and fresh. Wilshire was kind as fate would have it. No expendable supplies were used, mechanical nor medical, so I’d call the mission a success!

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Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema


Spotlight: Conrad Vios, Ride Leader Extraordinaire!

Conrad ViosC.I.C.L.E. has some amazing volunteers. Meet Conrad Vios, one of our superstar Ride Leaders (also known as a Leader of the Pack!). Conrad has been volunteering with C.I.C.L.E. since 2007, when he rode with the organization’s co-founders, Liz and Shay. At the time, C.I.C.L.E.’s previous Director, Dan Dabek, was supporting the organization as a volunteer as well. Conrad took took Dan under his wing, as he has done with numerous new volunteers, and has since remained one of the most thoughtful, supportive and committed volunteers.

Our volunteer Pack Leaders organically create a supportive community among each other and for ride participants. Conrad’s investment in the bicycling community in Los Angeles (and beyond!) is inspiring to be around and we’re so happy to have him around.


Photo Credit: Marc Ritzema


Know Your Infrastructure: Greening Alleyways and Open Space

Greening AlleywaysWould you rather walk through an abandoned alleyway or a beautiful one with lighting, art, and native plants? When an empty lot or an alleyway is transformed into an inviting, functional space with greenery, it becomes a green connector between the places you need to go, like home, school, the neighbor’s house or the market.

Greening efforts reduce pollution by absorbing rainwater and runoff into the ground instead of into the sewer system. And, on hot days, these spaces can literally decrease temperatures using reflective surfaces that don’t conduct additional heat.

Upcoming Classes:

Learn to Ride for Adults:

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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 early.

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 9:00 am- 11:00 am at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

Sunday, October 12, 2014: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at Eagle Rock Plaza. Register here to get rollin’!

New Offer! CICLE 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):

2014 Los Angeles Bike & Pedestrian Corridor Count: Tuesday, October 7 – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walktober – Walk to School Days: Events throughout October @ Schools throughout Los Angeles County

Civic Action and Community Voice in South LA Panel: Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 6 pm

Pacoima Mural Walking Tour – Celebrate LA Mural Day!: Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 10 am

Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal: Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 10 am

Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween: Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 10 am

Designing the Ditch – Connecting Pasadena Visioning Workshop: Sunday, October 25, 2014 @ 9 am

LA Explorers Club Presents: Keep LA Beautiful – Westside: Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

New Urbanism Film Festival: November 6 – 9, 2014

Save the Date: November Metro Sponsored Ride: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 9 am

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