September News

We Can Make it in L.A.

On Saturday, September 17th, C.I.C.L.E. will lead their Urban Expedition group ride, “Made in LA”. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will navigate the streets of downtown and expose riders to institutions that pride themselves on products, you guessed it, made in the City of Angels. These stops include visits to Homeboy Industries, El Pato Factory, and the Angel City Brewery.

The tour will be 8 miles, leisurely paced and family-friendly.

Where: Meet at the Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N Spring St.). For easy access to the park, utilize the Metro Gold Line Chinatown station. Look for us in the parking area connected to the southern entrance of the park.

When: Riders will meet at 1:00pm and the ride will promptly begin at 1:30pm.

Price: Free

What to bring: Your bicycle (in good running order). 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.

Urban Expeditions is made possible with support from REI.

We Love Tour da Arts!

In August, C.I.C.L.E. teamed up again with the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) to celebrate the perfect union of art and bicycles.  About 300 attendees joined us for the 3rd installment of Tour de Arts.

Riders of all ages pedaled the streets as we made our way to cultural beacons in Santa Monica.  We experienced world music and dance at the Broad Stage and a taste of the summer jazz series at City Hall.

View our fun in the sun in this photo gallery.

Congratulations to the City of Santa Monica for completing the City Council’s study session and moving a step closer to adopting a Bike Action Plan.

Top Reasons to Clear Your Calendar for Tour de Fat.

1) It’s a bicycle love-fest.

2) There’s a costumed bike parade.

3) You’ll meet new bike crazed friends

4) It supports C.I.C.L.E.’s bicycle programs.

5) There’s music, comedy, games, and too much fun

6) There’s cold New Belgium brews to enjoy
Volunteers are in the center of the action and receive a commemorative t-shirt and drink tokens. Sign up here to help!

Join us on Saturday, October 8th at 10:45 a.m. for Tour de Fat! Learn More

Figuroa For All

Last month, on a Friday evening, about 25 Northeast L.A. community members met at the Flying Pigeon Bicycle Shop to envision a more prosperous Figueroa Blvd.  Josef Bray-Ali kicked off the meeting with his ideas on how we could improve the quality of pedestrian and bicycle mobility, as well as business vitality along the Figueroa corridor in Highland Park.

Residents, local business owners and bicycle advocates brainstormed how we could work together to create street changes that benefit us all.  Comments ranged from car traffic moving too fast to how increased walkability could help merchants. Bicyclists dreamed big and discussed buffered lanes along the boulevard.

The goal of the gathering was to work towards a community consensus of how Figueroa Blvd should be reconfigured under the L.A. Bicycle Master Plan.  Over the last few weeks the public voted on a name and the result was Figueroa for All.  Capturing the sentiment of the first meeting, this name echoes the desire for a more walkable, bicycle friendly, and small business oriented community on Figueroa Blvd.

The next meeting is Friday, September 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (located at 3714 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065).

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Sept. 8th-11th – BIcycle Film Festival – A celebration of the bicycle through music, art and film.

Sept. 17th –  C.I.C.L.E.’s Made In L.A. Ride – Join us for a bicycle tour of products made right in the heart of Downtown L.A.

Sept. 17th – East Hollywood ArtCycle – ArtCycle features artists showing their creations, bicycle tours to local galleries and art spaces, live music and DJs, activities for kids, a kinetic sculpture parade, food trucks, and a juried art contest.

Sept. 23rd – Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla by Kelly Marie Martin – In conjunction with the show, a Spoke(n) Art Ride will take place on September 23 from 5-9pm beginning and ending at the Armory. Co-sponsored by CICLE, this ride is a dérive through Pasadena that takes local art and poetry as its compass. The ride honors CICLE founders Liz Elliot and Shay Sanchez, whose portraits with their bikes appear in Kelly Martin’s book Bike It, to celebrate the work and spirit of CICLE and to explore Pasadena’s rich arts landscape from the vantage point of the bicycle.

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.