Watts Towers Ride: A Road to Discovery

Discover your city and join local bicycle groups to explore South L.A. and Watts!  C.I.C.L.E. has been working with T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. and the CicLAvia South L.A. host committee to produce free bicycle clinics and group rides in South Los Angeles. Through the collaboration, C.I.C.L.E. is training local community members on how to facilitate group rides in live traffic conditions.

This month’s exploratory tour will be a 10-mile ride from Augustus Hawskins Nature Park to the Watts Towers. Along the way, participants can take part in a USC neighborhood documentation project.   As we bike through South L.A. and Watts we’ll be able to capture sites of interests with basic cell phones.  Our photos will be added instantly to a live internet stream by the USC Annenberg School’s PARTOUR project.  The PARTOUR project will also be compiling a map of points of interest with our photos, texts, and voice memos.

T.R.U.S.T. South L.A, C.I.C.L.E., CicLAvia South L.A., and USC’s PARTOUR project are all working together to promote active transportation and show the value of livable streets in our communities. Through group rides and documentation, our goal is to promote more everyday bicycling to points of service and interest.

During C.I.C.L.E.’s pre-ride to Watts this weekend, we witnessed natural, cultural, and artistic sites as we tested the route. We invite the Los Angeles community to join us in re-discovering and documenting this vibrant neighborhood.

Watts Towers Ride

When: Sunday January 22nd, 2012

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Meet at:
Augustus Hawkins Nature Park
5790 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

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.

Made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.