September Newsletter

Coming Up: Glendale: The Jewel City Tour, Sponsored by Metro!

Jewel City TourOn Saturday, September 27, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. and Walk Bike Glendale will lead a delicious and bedazzled bicycle ride, “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour.” Riders will pedal to the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. The ride will return to the starting location by 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glendale Metrolink Station
400 W. Cerritos Avenue.
Glendale CA 91204

Sneak Peek: LA Explorers Club Presents Keep LA Beautiful: Connecting the LA Greenbelt!

MacArthur ParkSometimes we all need a little reminder to look up and see the beauty. And we happen think the bike seat is a great way to soak it all in.  We hope you do too!

The “Keep LA Beautiful” ride will knit a beautiful bike route to connect LA city parks together, traversing from East LA to Koreatown. Starting with the once glamorous East Lake Park, now known as Lincoln Park, and ending at historic West Lake Park a.k.a. MacArthur Park, we’ll add in several other greenish brown canopies and open spaces into the tour. The route, 10-11 miles, will also include the hills around Elysian Park and Echo Park. This ride will be an advanced ride, with plenty of stops but less “tour-guiding,” and space will be limited, so grab your ticket early. Learn more here.

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 2:30 pm, depart at 4 pm. The ride will end at 6:30 pm.
Starting Location: Barbara’s at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave. #110 Los Angeles CA 90031

Ending Location: Beer Belly
532 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles CA 90020

Register before the last ticket is scooped up!

Looking Back: Tour da Arts, vol. 6, a Creative Success!

SMMoA1SMMoA3SMMoA2Over 200 bicyclists toured the streets of Santa Monica on Sunday, August 24th for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s annual Tour da Arts! The nine-mile community bicycle ride included dynamic music and movement at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club with Anna Oxygen, the raddest shadow performance imaginable with artist Miwa Matreyek that literally blew us away, and our favorite street theater performers, Bike Odyssey LA, who brought us back to Homer’s Odyssey. The day overflowed with creativity, energy, ooh’s and ahh’s.

As always, a huge thanks to our all-star volunteer squad of Ride Leaders and Paparazzi! Support bikes in LA! Volunteer here.

Photo Credit: Team Venice Paparazzi
venicepaparazzi.com

Pedaling Backwards: LA Explorers Club Ride: Hollywood History and Lore

Hollywood Culture2On Saturday, August 30, the LA Explorers Club, a band of curious, urban adventurers in search of secret places, treasures, stories and legends, introduced over 150 bicyclists to the early history and lore of Hollywood! Riders enjoyed cold brews at the Cat and Fiddle Pub before heading off into the depths of Hollywood’s secrets, scandals and mysteries, on two wheels. Esotouric curated the stops, sharing the deepest secrets and little known facts imaginable. Blue Palms Brewhouse was the perfect last stop for brews and grub. For more information and to snag your tickets and swag for the next ride, visit: laexplorersclub.com.

A huge thanks to the LA Explorers Club and New Belgium Brewing for curating such an awesome event. Thanks to our awesome squad of volunteer Ride Leaders who kept over 150 riders safe, together and happy! We’d love to have you join our volunteer team!

Photo Credit: marcitzema.com

Spotlight: Ramona Montayne, Ride Leader Extraordinaire!

RamonaC.I.C.L.E. has some amazing volunteers. Meet Ramona Montayne, one of our superstar Ride Leaders. As we build community among volunteers, Ramona’s thoughtfulness and investment shine brightly. We asked her a few questions about bikes and this is what she shared:

How does bicycling bring joy to your life?

I am not “trapped” in a plastic/metal structure! I feel the wind on my face and blowing through my hair; life is not filtered through an electronic window. No matter what I encounter, I am in the moment all because I ride a bicycle rather than drive a car.

What inspired you to become a Ride Leader?

The death of a fellow cyclist. I didn’t know him, I don’t know what happened. Regardless of what the circumstances were, this should never happen. I have been hit too; it was fortunate that I was not seriously injured. I wanted to know how to handle these situations for myself and then pass the information along to beginning riders and seasoned riders.

What advice do you have for newer riders?

Since I consider myself a “new” rider; I’m not sure I have a lot to offer. I would suggest that new riders join a pro-active cycling group that is willing to teach them riding etiquette and that has adequate mentors who are patient and knowledgeable about cycling, the cycling community, and what is happening to promote road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Also, to learn as much as they can from veteran riders. Listening to riders who have “been there and done that” is an invaluable resource!

Upcoming Classes:

LTR SistersHave 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’!

 

C.I.C.L.E.’s 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 classroom, 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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014: 11am- 1pm @ Caltech Y. Register here.

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!

Wave your wheelsSign a petition to support an ordnance to protect Pasadena’s vulnerable road users from harassment! Pedestrians, bicyclists and those with limited mobility are at the greatest risk in the streets. Let’s urge the city to take steps to ensure their safety and protect them from aggression and harassment.

Support a resident led campaign to create a bike and ped-friendly plaza in Granada Hills! Read more about the project and sign the petition.

A.B. 1532, Vehicle Accidents: Support this act to update the Vehicle Code, related to vehicle accidents. Learn more here.

Looking 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):

Community Meeting: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Bridge: Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

LA Explorers Club Presents: Keep LA Beautiful: Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

Glendale: The Jewel City Tour, Sponsored by Metro: Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9:30 am

CicLAvia: The Heart of LA: Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am