September 2012 News

Tour de Fat: The ballyhoo of bikes and beer is upon us

Tour de Fat comes to Los Angeles on September 15th from 10am until 5pm to celebrate all things bikes and help raise money for C.I.C.L.E., the L.A.C.B.C, and the Bicycle Kitchen!  Join us for a bicycle parade through downtown Los Angeles, unique costumes, innovative bikes, and flowing beer from New Belgium Brewing! The event will highlight the Car for Bike Trade winner, one person who commits to trading in their car for one year in exchange for a fully equipped, locally made, custom-built bicycle. Mark your calendars!

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Car for Bike Trade

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  Los Amigos Invisibles, Sssnakenstein, Yo-Yo People, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.  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: Some cash for brews and food and you and all your friends!

BIKE CARMAGEDDON! C.I.C.L.E.’s Orange Line Valley Ride

In anticipation of the 405 Fwy closure on September 29th and 30th, stay out of your car, zip past traffic jams, shop local, and join C.I.C.L.E.’s Carmageddon Valley Ride on Sunday, September 30th. The 8 mile bicycle ride will begin at the Balboa Orange Line Station and follow the Metro Orange Line Bus Way Bike Path between two great community spaces. The ride will take place along the Bike Path through the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Center and will stop at the Japanese Gardens to enjoy the Garden of Water and Fragrance and experience complete tranquility. The Japanese Garden will provide complementary admission to bicyclists joining the ride. The ride will loop over to the ONEgeneration Encino Farmer’s Market where participants can purchase tasty, energizing snacks.

Don’t miss this car-free community event! Participants are encouraged to take public transit to the beginning of the ride to facilitate a truly car-free experience. As with all of C.I.C.L.E.’s rides, this ride is under 10 miles, family-friendly, leisurely paced and led by experienced ride leaders.

When: Sunday, September 30th from 10am-1pm

Where: Meet at the Balboa Orange Line Station in the park and ride lot. 6338 Balboa Boulevard, Encino, CA

Time: Meet at 10am. Ride leaves promptly at 10:30am and returns by 1pm.

What to bring: Bring water, a snack (or purchase one at the Farmers Market), 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 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Tour de Arts: Bikes, Joy, & Art

Sunday, Aug 19th was a perfect day of sunshine, art and bicycles rolling through Santa Monica! The fourth installment of Tour da Arts took place with hundreds rollin’ through on two wheels. Riders arrived and enjoyed spoke card workshops, a spin on the BarCycle, the Peddler’s Creamery, learning about the bicycle powered sewing machine, and practicing mounting their bicycles on Metro’s bike racks. And that was just registration. Our community bike tour took off in full force with helpful ride leaders and bumpin’ beats to ride along to. The ride, following all traffic rules and moving at a leisurely pace, made three two stops along the way. At the first stop at Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, folks danced along to Triple Chicken Foot’s Infectious square dancing beats. At the next stop, folks enjoyed snack, refreshments and the quirky itty bitty Match Box Puppet Show by Laura Heit at John Adams Middle School. After hopping back on the bikes for one last leg, we returned to the Santa Monica Museum of Art for a dramatic and upbeat welcoming by music duo Dirt Bird in the Popwagon. Thanks to all of those who joined us for this wonderful day of community, creativity and bicycle power! Take a look through the photos below.

Tour da Arts Photo Album

Action Alert

On Monday, August 27th, the California Assembly approved the 3-Foot Passing bill. This bill would mandate  a 3 foot bicycle buffer zone for passing cars in an effort to reduce vehicle/bicycle fatalities.

The Bill will go to vote in the Senate and then on to Governor Brown to be signed. Although nothing has been finalized yet, the bicycle community is looking forward to the passage of this Bill and the relief it will provide cyclists on the streets.

Read more here: Assembly Approves 3-foot passing bill

Support the California Bicycle Coalition’s campaign to have SB 1464 signed into law.

Safety Tip of the Month: Riding Responsibly

This month, we celebrate everything bicycles at New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat bicycle festival.  For those who have joined us for the festival know, it’s about spreading your passion for bicycles, making new bike friends, enjoying fabulous entertainment and tasting some of New Belgium Brewing’s amazing beers.  We want to remind everyone to stay safe and drink responsibly.  This includes not operating your bicycle if you are inebriated.  The festival is adjacent to the Chinatown Gold Line station and Union Station so there are lots of car-free transportation options!

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Make sure you are well hydrated while bicycling.

2) Know your limit for your body weight.

3) Cyclists are less likely to wear helmets when intoxicated.

4) It is against the law to ride under the influence and your driving privilege could be suspended or delayed for a year if you are cited.

Shay’s Bike Nation Streetfilms Benefit a huge success!

Shay’s Bike Nation Streetfilms Benefit a huge success!

On August 9th, folks swarmed Flying Pigeon Bicycle Shop to enjoy Streetfilms, tacos and raise funds for the Kick Butt and Get Better Fund, supporting C.I.C.L.E. founder Shay Sanchez and her battle with Lupus Vasculitis. This event, sponsored by Bike Nation, raised over $3000 which will truly benefit our incredible bicycle pioneer and community leader who’s work and vision has improved the lives and experiences of the entire bicycle community. Help improve her life and support her struggle.

September Workshops

 Learn to Ride: 9/8/12

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 growing waiting list to join the next available class!

Shopping by Bike: 9/22/12

Transporting groceries and goods using a bicycle has never been so easy.  C.I.C.L.E. will lead this educational demo on how to load your bicycle up with your latest purchases and what gear will make it easy.  Never look for a parking space again!  Stop by Whole Foods Market Arroyo and learn how to connect your healthy food with healthy transportation!

Price: Free

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm.  Instructors will be available for questions after the workshop.

Location:  Whole Foods Arroyo Parkway, 465 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
September 8th, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012
September 10-13, 2012
Long Beach, CA
North America’s largest conference on walking, bicycling, and Placemaking

Tour de Fat, Los Angeles
September 15, 2012 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA

Changing the Mechanics: How Bikes are Transforming the Way LA Moves
September 19, 2012 at 7pm
California Endowment
CenterScene Public Programs invites you to meet a panel of advocates working to carve out a space in LA’s landscape for this low-cost and environmentally-friendly alternative on our roads.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Shopping By Bike Workshop
September 22, 2012 11:00am to 12:pm
Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA
Transporting groceries and goods using a bicycle has never been so easy.  C.I.C.L.E. will lead this educational demo on how to load your bicycle up with your latest purchases and what gear will make it easy.

CARMAGEDDON II
September 29-30, 2012
I-405 closure.  Bike, use public transporation, plan ahead, avoid the area, or eat shop, and play locally!

BIKE CARMAGEDDON! C.I.C.L.E.’s Orange Line Valley Ride
September 30th, 2002 11:00am to 12:pm
Balboa Orangle Line Station: 6338 Balboa Boulevard, Encino, CA
The ride will take place along the Bike Path through the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Center and will stop at the Japanese Gardens and Encino Farmer’s Market.

CicLAvia
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.

Rail~Volution!
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.