September 2013 News

Metro Sponsors Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition, led by C.I.C.L.E.!

 

madeinlaPickles, surfboards and all things bikes! Enjoy a ride along the LA River and learn about places that manufacture and create goodies in LA!

On Saturday, September 21, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Made in LA” along the LA River. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through and around Cypress Park and expose riders to businesses that make products right here in Los Angeles. Participants will visit Grain Surfboards, Kruegermann Pickle Factory and swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Cyclists can see, taste and experience products made for and by Angelenos!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the evening. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013

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

Where: LA River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Neighborhood: Cypress Park

Accessible by Metro Rail and Metro buses: Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro bus lines 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751. Plan your trip at metro.net.

Special note: Meet in the front parking lot. Weddings will be taking place in the gardens. Please be respectful of other users of the property.

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.

About C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

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 CICLE events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About the LA River Revitalization Corporation: LA River Corp is a non-profit venture charged with catalyzing responsible real estate and related economic development along the L.A. River. Our mission is to transform the L.A. River to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable land use projects, advocacy for river friendly policy, and programs for community benefit. Our major campaign, Greenway 2020, works with public and private partners to complete a continuous 51-mile Greenway along the L.A. River by the year 2020.

Go SOLAR at the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride!

streetartrideOn 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 Streets Project and the Pasadena History Museum.  Stimulate your mind and your muscles on this easy, breezy, artsy ride through town!

rgs_300x250C.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 10 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 C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

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.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Tour da Arts, vol. 5, led by C.I.C.L.E. was a blast!

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On Sunday, August 18th, hundreds of bicyclists came out for a very unique and dynamics cultural bicycle tour with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, led by C.I.C.L.E.! The bicycle-themed festival began at the museum where participants enjoyed free bike-tune ups, bicycle art exhibits, pedal-powered ice cream (and smoothies!), demonstrations by Metro bus drivers and so much more! The ride made its first stop at the Santa Monica Monica Bay Woman’s Club for a high-energy, dynamic tap performance by Chloe and Maude Productions. The tap group was an incredible treat, mixing drumming, tap and incredible amounts of energy! The next stop included a very unique dance performance at Grant Elementary School with a vintage trailer and quirky acrobatics. After the second show, we sailed back to the museum to announce raffle prizes, including a very stylish Bike Attack beauty!

This event grows and grows every year and we are so grateful to our incredible volunteer team that keeps it rollin’ smoothly! To both our new and veteran ride leaders and volunteers, thank you for your direction, support, and leadership! Guiding over 250 bikes is no simple task, and you did it seamlessly.  If you are interested in volunteering with C.I.C.L.E., please let us know what talents you’d like to share with us here!

Upcoming Classes

Ltr_5Learn to Ride for Adults:

Saturday, September 15th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Have 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

This class is full.  Email bike@cicle.org to sign up for the waitlist.

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

Where: 505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA. Caltech Y, Ground-Floor meeting room

Price: Free (Caltech’s BikeLab generously subsidized this class).  Register online, space is limited.

KNOW YOUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Boulevards (and Wayfinding!)

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Do you want your home property value to increase?  Do you long for the days when kids could safely play in the streets?  Are you tired of cut-through traffic in your neighborhood?  Don’t fear, Bike Boulevards are here!

What are they?

  • Bike boulevards allow all users (residents, pedestrians, bicyclists) to safely share the roadway
  • Bike boulevards are quiet, pleasant, low-volume and low-speed streets
  • Bike boulevards use traffic calming efforts to reduce and slow traffic (using traffic circles, speed bumps, for example)
  • Traffic calming involves cars slowing down to similar speeds as bicyclists
  • Bike boulevards use traffic diverters to force (cut-through) cars to turn off the street
  • Bike boulevards use special wayfinding signage and markings on the pavement

 

What is Wayfinding?

  • Signs identify designated bike routes and provide wayfinding information to lead users to the route or to direct users to stay on the route
  • Signage includes arrows, distance and travel times to key destinations
  • Destination labels are often large, clear and legible (to be seen from a distance)
  • Local streets include fewer businesses and services so signs indicate the direction to key destinations like commercial districts, transit hubs, schools, universities and other bikeways.
  • Wayfinding improves connectivity and flow

 

What are the benefits?

  • Bicycle boulevards provide a safe and comfortable space for residents, bicyclists and pedestrians to move freely and swiftly
  • Bicycle boulevards discourage cut-through and speedy motor-vehicle traffic
  • Bicycle boulevards prioritize and optimize use for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Bicycle boulevards are intended to appeal to casual or less experienced bicyclists who may be nervous riding with faster moving traffic
  • A bicycle boulevard is low-cost compared to the cost of implementing other types of infrastructure

 

For more info, check out this great Streetfilms video.

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS:

The Figueroa Streetscape project, aims to make Figueroa more accessible for all types of transit from Downtown to Exposition Park. The project has been submitted for final approval. The plan involves implementing both protected and buffered bicycle lanes along Figueroa. “There will be two types of bike lanes: buffered and protected. Buffered lanes use a strip or two of paint to distinguish where the bikes should travel, while protected lanes, or cycle tracks, put a physical barrier between the bikes and adjacent traffic,” according to Blog Downtown. If implemented, it will be the first protected bike lane in the city of Los Angeles. The protected lanes were initially proposed to run the full length of the project, but there was a compromise with motorists and buffered lanes will stretch a portion.

More info here.

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

L.A. Bicycle & Pedestrian Count
Tuesday, September 10th & Saturday, September 14th

Park(ing) Day
Friday, September 20th, 2013

Made in LA Ride, River Edition
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 10:30am
L.A. River Center and Gardens

CICLAVIA
October 6th, 2013 at 10am

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

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

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 Metrolink Station

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Tell the Governor to sign AB 1371 and give bicyclists 3 feet of safety clearance!
Assembly Bill 1371 has already been approved by both houses of the Legislature. All it needs to become law is the Governor’s signature. Tell Governor Brown to sign AB 1371 and make California the 22nd State to require three feet for safety.

Volunteer with the LACBC for the L.A. Bicycle & Pedestrian Count
It’s bicycle and pedestrian count season for the City of Los Angeles. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the biking and walking community. If you want LA to invest in safer streets, step up and count the difference those investments make. Counts for City of LA are Tuesday 9/10 from 7-9am and 4-6pm and Saturday 9/14 from 11a-1p. More info and to volunteer

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 CICLE and volunteer to help keep us rollin’!