March News + Tweed Ride Returns + Shopping by Bike DTLA + Classes

This Sunday March 12th – The Tweed Ride
It’s our annual ride back into time, The Tweed Ride. Join us for a ride in period costumes and good cheer.
This year we travel to the turn of the century, via downtown, to Pico Union, one of LA’s oldest neighborhoods. Alvarado Terrace is our ultimate destination. It’s a vintage oasis in a modern city. This will be the first day of daylight savings, so there will be plenty of daylight and photo ops as we ride to the gorgeous turn-of-the-century homes in Alvarado Terrace, built between 1890 and 1904, like the Gothic-styled Marley-Stone house or the Kinney-Everhardy house. The round trip mileage is approximately 7.5 miles.

We end our ride at an Arts District pub. So put on your Tweediest finery and come out and enjoy the ride.

When:            March 12th, 2017
Time:              12:00 p.m.
Where:           Union Station, entrance on Alameda. If you’re facing Union Station, we’ll be meeting on the left next to valet parking.

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Have You Shopped by Bike in DTLA?
After participating in our DTLA Tweed Ride, shop by bike on your way home. C.I.C.L.E. checks out the DTLA grocery scene by bike shopping at the Whole Foods.

Shopping by bike is an easy experience that can be done with any ordinary bike. It’s up to you how you want to carry your purchases home. You can add an inexpensive wire basket for $10 and then buy a decent lock from your local bike shop. That’s all you need to start shopping. The Whole Foods downtown is a perfect place to use your bike to shop. It’s more convenient to do so than drive. One of the biggest problems about shopping by bike is the lack of safe places to park your bike while you shop. I remember visiting the old Glendale Whole Foods and they had an old style rack hidden away near the rear their store. It wasn’t safe or convenient. However, Whole Foods downtown put in a bike corral at the store’s entrance around the corner from the guard station. A corral is where there’s a group of bike racks that  has room for many bikes. Since it is at the entrance, it’s well lit, safe and convenient. I saw several people using their bikes to shop while I was there. When you shop by bike, you avoid the biggest problem shopping using a car–difficulty driving to the store and looking for parking once you arrive.

To get started, pick a Sunday, which is a day with the lightest vehicle traffic and ride your bike to a nearby store. Use google’s  bike map to plan a route that may be more convenient for bicycles. Check out C.I.C.L.E.’s Find a Route page for more ideas, then get on your bike and ride.

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Upcoming Classes

Learn to Ride Class

IMG_2588Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now is your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. instructors for this two-hour class that will help get you out there rolling on two wheels for the first time. Please click here to register.
Date: April 2nd, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza
New Class! Bike Handling Skills
You’ve taken the Learn to Ride class and learned how to ride a bike. Now what? Would you like improve your bike handling skills? Learn how to stop smoothly, turns, signaling and looking behind you all while riding in a straight line.
This class will improve your skills as a bicyclist. Bring your bike and take the class for free or rent one of our bikes for $10.
Come to this class and become a confident bicyclist. Please click here to register.
Date: April 2nd, 2017
Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Eagle Rock Plaza

Wave Your Wheels in the Air: Take ACTION!IMG_2220

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!

 

 

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels (& two feet)
Tour de Watts presented by Los Ryderz and East Side Riders BC., March 18th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2017 Marathon Crash Ride, Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Ciclavia: Culver City Meets Venice, March 26th 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.