LACBC Teams Up with ‘One Tree Hill’ Star Austin Nichols for LA River RideApril 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 6 Comments
Tags: bike rides, fundraisers, LA River, LA River Ride
We are proud to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is Austin Nichols, star of the CW’s One Tree Hill and The Day After Tomorrow! Come join Austin, LACBC, and over 2,000 riders as we ride the newly revitalized Los Angeles River on Sunday, June 5th, 2011!
“I would like to thank the LACBC for inviting me to be the Grand Marshal for this outstanding ride,” says Austin. “Ever since I jumped on a bike I have had dreams about a cleaner world. Less cars, cleaner air and healthy, happier people. It is incredible how many problems two wheels can solve.”
Austin originally grew up in Austin, Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and attend the University of Southern California. An avid athlete, he was once a competitive water skier.
As a cyclist, Austin started riding for exercise, but since traveling to the Gulf of Mexico during last year’s oil spill, he has begun to use his bike instead of a car whenever possible. After a trip to Uruguay where Austin was inspired by construction workers who rode to and from work laughing and enjoying themselves together, he also witnessed how riding builds a sense of community. Austin recently was able to experience the community that CicLAvia harvested in LA’s streets this past weekend as he rode with Mayor Villaraigosa, Lance Armstrong, and CicLAvia’s hundreds of thousands of riders and participants. Austin, like LACBC, wants to urge our local officials to strive for more and improved bike infrastructure.
To some in the bike community, Austin (@Aus10Nichols) is best known as the originator of the #twowheeltuesday hashtag on Twitter. He began using it last summer, and his Twitter followers responded with Tweets about where they were riding their bikes. Riding one day a week—to class, to work, to the store—is an excellent way to start making an environmental difference and appreciate your community.
On June 5th, Austin, LACBC, and over 2,000 other riders will be celebrating a “Two Wheel Sunday” as we ride across LA County during the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. With six bike rides to choose from—100, 70, 50, 36, and 15 miles plus a ride and safety rodeo for the kids—there is something for bicyclists of all ages and all abilities. Austin Nichols and LACBC hope to see you then!