Historic Northwest and Northeast LA Sunday Funday Ride on May 1

April 14, 2011 at 11:46 am | Posted in LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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The sun is shining, and it’s time to get riding! Start off the month of May with a Sunday Funday Ride!

The Dobbins Veloway is now the Arroyo Seco Bike Path. Images: Arroyo Seco Foundation

Historic Northwest & Northeast LA Sunday Funday Ride

Date: Sunday, May 1

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM; Ride at 10:00 AM

Location: Meet at Echo Park Lake boathouse on mid-lake East bank – 751 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (map)

Led by LACBC & CicLAvia Board Member Stephen Villavaso, this ride will explore the many hidden treasures of Northwest and Northeast LA. Meet at Echo Park Lake, and we’ll wind our way through Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, and Highland Park. Along the way, we’ll discover some of the unique characteristics of the area by riding the Arroyo Seco Bike Path, walking a hidden pedestrian path, and waving to the Bike Oven.

Length: 15 miles. Estimated to be 2-3 hours long.

Difficulty: For all riders. Mostly flat with a few major streets. Note that you will have to carry your bike up steps for a few minutes.

What to bring: Helmets, locks, money, sun block. Dress accordingly.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels or postpones the ride, but with light rain or a drizzle, the ride will go on!

Facebook Event: Spread the word via Facebook here.

About Sunday Funday Rides: Sunday Funday Rides are held on the first Sunday of every month (June excluded for River Ride) and meant to explore different corners of LA County and reflect the the diversity of our organization. The rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

RSVP and/or Volunteer: To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride support, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at carol@la-bike.org.

We hope to see you out riding!

LACBC Teams Up with ‘One Tree Hill’ Star Austin Nichols for LA River Ride

April 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 6 Comments
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11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Grand Marshal Austin Nichols

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!

Sunday Funday Ride: Crosstown Traffic on April 3

March 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 4 Comments
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What better way to enjoy Spring than with a nice bike ride across town where you’ll get to explore your favorite crosstown routes? Come to the Crosstown Traffic Sunday Funday Ride on April 3rd and see some of the best that LA County has to offer.

Postcard image courtesy of Historic Echo Park.

Crosstown Traffic Sunday Funday Ride

Date: Sunday, April 3

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM; Ride at 10:00 AM

Location: Westwood Recreation Center – 1350 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (on Sepulveda Boulevard side of the park near the Aidan’s Place children’s play area)

This ride is an exploration of some of our favorite crosstown routes. When you are used to driving places on the freeway, switching to bike commuting can be a shock. What’s the best route? Which streets are really bike friendly? How can I avoid hills, dangerous intersections, etc. when getting from point A to point B? Planning a route from a bike map or Google maps is certainly an option, but it’s a lot more fun discovering routes with a group!

Led by LACBC Board Member Greg Laemmle, this ride will help you explore options for getting from the Westside to Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, and Downtown LA on a day when car traffic is a little lighter. This ride will also hit some key streets in new City of LA Bike Plan, where the addition of traffic calming measures or road diets could make a real difference in making Bike Friendly Streets even more friendly. Meet at the Westwood Recreation Center, and we’ll ride through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Echo Park, and MacArthur Park (with a lunch stop at Mama’s Hot Tamales).  Return through Hancock Park (via 4th Street) and Beverly Hills.

Length: 28 miles. Estimated to last 4 to 5 hours including ride, food, and rest.

Difficulty: For all riders, including beginners. Ride is relatively slow paced, and if you get tired, easy return via Metro 704 (Echo Park and Sunset) or Metro 720 (Wilshire & Alvarado).

What to bring: Water and snacks as you see fit. Tools and tubes recommended. Dress accordingly. Also bring money (for food and possible bus fare), helmet, bike lock, and sun screen.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels the ride, but with light rain or a drizzle, the ride will go on!

Facebook Event: Feel free to spread the word via Facebook here.

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride marshal, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at carol@la-bike.org.

Sunday Funday Ride #3 – Roots, Architecture, and Escapism: The North San Gabriel Valley

February 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 5 Comments
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You’re invited to our 3rd Sunday Funday Bike Ride – “Roots, Architecture, and Escapism: The North San Gabriel Valley“!

 

Postcard entitled “Driveway in Altadena, Calif.” Courtesy of http://www.christmastreelane.net

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011

Time: Meet at 8:30 AM, Ride at 9:00 AM

Location: Rose Bowl parking lot K. (The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103, but we’re meeting at the southwest parking lot—Lot K—at West Dr. & Seco Dr.)

Led by LACBC Board Member Alex Amerri this 62-mile ride for advanced riders will explore the many architectural and historical developments of the North San Gabriel Valley (including Pasadena, La Canada, Altadena, and Sierra Madre). This ride includes a stop at Chantry Flats campground and a stop for what Alex claims is the finest authentic gelato ice cream outside of Italy. To quote Alex in regards to this gelato, “It’s mind-blowingly good.” This ride promises to be fun, informative, and an excellent workout.

Length: 62mi (a.k.a. a Metric Century, 100km) with climbs scattered around. Estimated to last 4 to 4.5 hours.

Difficulty: For advanced riders. Includes 4,000 ft. of climbing (but not all at once!).

What to bring: Tubes and tools recommended. Water/fluid bottles, nutrition as the rider sees fit. Dress accordingly. Check weather conditions beforehand as estimate temperature variance can be as much a 10-15 degrees below predicted temperatures in some areas.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels the ride, but light-rain/drizzle is not a deterrent.

Facebook Event: Feel free to spread the word via Facebook here.

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride marshal, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at carol@la-bike.org.

LA’s 1st Bike Corral Finally Set to Open in Highland Park!

February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 5 Comments
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Perhaps you’ve heard that LA’s first-ever bike corral is set to debut in Highland Park next week! Well we want to celebrate! There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 AM on Friday, February 18, at the new bike corral, located in front of Cafe de Leche on the corner of York Blvd and Avenue 50.

A rendering of the future bike corral by Matt Schodorf

This historic event has been two years in the making, and at certain points, it seemed like the project might never move forward. Last April, we reported the unanimous decision by the LA City Council to install this bike corral but were cautious about celebrating too early. There were still plenty of obstacles to overcome, including LADOT’s own concerns about the project. But thanks to the efforts of the corral’s advocates—including Matt Schodorf and Cafe de Leche, City Councilmember Jose Huizar and his staff, C.I.C.L.E., Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Flying Pigeon, LACBC, Ramon Martinez, and Joe Linton—the first ever bike corral in Los Angeles will finally be open for public use!

To celebrate, a few rides are being organized around the area, starting around 8 AM and ending at the new corral in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Cafe de Leche with Councilmember Huizar.

The Event:

LA’s 1st Bike Corral Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

When: Friday, February 18, 9:00 AM

Where: Cafe de Leche – 5000 York Blvd., Los Angeles

The Rides (see map of meeting points):

LACBC will lead a ride starting from the Bicycle Kitchen at 706 N. Heliotrope Drive (cross street is Melrose). Meet up with us at 7:30 AM, and we’ll be departing at 7:45 AM. (Facebook Event)

The Flying Pigeon will host a ride starting at their shop at 3714 North Figueroa St. Meet up with them at 8:00 AM, and they’ll depart at around 8:30 AM. (Blog)

C.I.C.L.E. will host a ride that will pick up riders at 3 points: 1) Memorial Park in Pasadena (Gold Line stop) at 7:15 AM, 2) the Pasadena Mission Station (Gold Line stop) at 7:30 AM, and 3) the flag pole at Figueroa and York Blvd at 8:00 AM. (Facebook Event)

Come join any of these rides, or lasso your friends together and create your own ride to celebrate LA’s first bike corral at the dedication ceremony!

Thanks for Coming Out to the I ♥ the Westside Ride!

February 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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Thanks to the 42 LACBC members and guests who came out for the I [Heart] the Westside Ride led by LACBC Board Member and Biking in LA‘s Ted Rogers!  We hope you enjoyed the 2nd ride of our Sunday Funday Ride series and will come back for another.

I ♥ the Westside cyclists explore the Sharrows on Abbot Kinney.


Among the 42 cyclists were a couple of your favorite local bikey bloggers who have recapped this ride better than we ever could. So please read on:

From the ride leader and Mr. Biking in LA himself, Ted Rogers:  Rolling Down Rodeo Drive and the Best of the Westside With the LACBC Last Sunday

From Rick Risemberg, blogging for the Orange 20Westside Wandering

From the Claremont Cyclist who came from across the County to explore the Westside:  A Day on the Westside

Stay tuned this week for more information on our third Sunday Funday Ride, Roots, Architecture, and Escapism: the North San Gabriel Valley, on March 6th.  Led by LACBC Board Member Alex Amerri, this 62-mile ride for advanced riders will explore the architecture and history of this area. See you then!

EPA Playa to Downtown LA Bike Tour

February 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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This morning, over 50 LACBC staff and members took a 18-mile trip from Playa Del Rey to Downtown LA with EPA staff and Planning Commission members. The ride was hosted by Jared Blumenfield, West Coast Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This ride highlighted the soon-to-be adopted LA Bike Plan and the newly adopted Culver City Bike Plan.

The ride started at the bike bridge above Ballona Creek and headed towards the 1st stop, Linwood Howe Elementary School in Culver City.

A brief stop to admire the view of the Ballona Creek bike path

We met with Principal Amy Anderson, kids, members of Linwood Howe Safe Routes to School Committee and other community supporters. Culver City recently passed their first bicycle and pedestrian plan, funded by a grant from DPH [UPDATE: That's the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to clarify.] and Linwood Howe Elementary recently received state Safe Routes to School funding to improve the walking and biking environment around the school, develop encouragement programs, and increase the number of students and families that walk or bicycle to Linwood Howe.

After a ride up Venice and a stroll down the 4th street bike route, we arrived at our second destination, MacArthur Park.

MacArthur Park

We were met by City of LA Councilmember Ed Reyes and City of LA Planning Commission and Metro Countywide Planner Diego Cardoso. Cardoso spoke briefly about how Metro and the City of LA are making connections between bikes and transit.

Finally, a quick ride down 7th got us into downtown and up to City Hall. This was a fun event and a great turnout!

Thanks to the EPA and our co-sponsor, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, for this successful ride!

End of the ride in front of City Hall

 

Come Ride with LACBC & the EPA

January 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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Join LACBC on Tuesday, February 1st for the Playa to Downtown LA ride with West Coast Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Jared Blumenfeld.

The goal of this ride is to draw attention to bicycling as a viable means of sustainable transportation. This ride will highlight the City of LA’s soon to be adopted bike plan and Culver City’s recently adopted bike plan as a first step cities can take toward creating more bike-able communities.

We’ll be joined on the ride by Mitch Katz, the new (pro-bike) Director of the County Department of Health Services, recently transplanted from San Francisco, Barbara Romero, LA City Planning Commissioner and Chief of Urban Projects and Watershed Division of the Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA) and many other folks along the way.

The ride will take us up Ballona Creek where the MRCA and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission have done and are doing improvements to enhance the path for both cyclists and pedestrians and to help clean storm water before it runs into Ballona Creek and the Santa Monica Bay. MRCA is also working on a Playa to Park trail network that will better connect Ballona Creek with Baldwin Hills and Kenneth Hahn Park.

Our first stop will be around 10:20 in Culver City at Linwood Howe Elementary School to meet with Principal Amy Anderson, kids, members of Linwood Howe Safe Routes to School Committee and the Culver City Bicycle Coalition, along with Culver City staff, and Gayle Haberman from the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH). Culver City recently passed their first bicycle and pedestrian plan, funded by a grant from DPH and Linwood Howe Elementary recently received state Safe Routes to School funding to improve the walking and biking environment around the school, develop encouragement programs, and increase the number of students and families that walk or bicycle to Linwood Howe.

We’ll ride up Venice Blvd and weave our way up and across the city using some of the proposed Neighborhood Network streets, including 4th Street to our second stop in MacArthur Park at 11:45am. We’ll meet with Councilmember Ed Reyes and LA City Planning Commissioner and Metro Executive Officer Diego Cardoso in MacArthur Park, who will be joined by volunteers from LACBC’s City of Lights program.

A little after noon we’ll stop by the new County Cycling Collaborative Bike Wrangler Space on 6th Street to meet with our Bike Wrangler Jonny Green and share this innovative program with Jared  before heading into downtown LA to meet with the staff from the Mayor’s office at City Hall.

This ride will be moving at a steady clip (12 to 18mph) but as you can see we’ll be making a lot of stops.

Just to recap, here’s a list of our stops and times and you can also view our map here:

Meet: 9:15am at the bike bridge over Ballona Creek in Playa del Rey

Ride Start Time: 9:45am

1st Stop: 10:20am Linwood Howe Elementary School

2nd Stop: 11:45am MacArthur Park – NW corner of 7th and Alvarado

3rd Stop: 12:05pm CCC Bike Wrangler Space – 1205 W 6th St at Lucas

Final Stop: 12:45pm LA City Hall

Please join us for the whole ride or just meet up with us at one of the many stops we’ll be making!

LACBC Presents the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 5th!

January 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 20 Comments
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If you’ve never participated in our signature event, the Los Angeles River Ride, it’s a great year to start! If you’ve participated in several River Rides, you’ll be sure to have another exciting time as we have listened to your comments and made changes and improvements to the ride! Register today!

11TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES RIVER RIDE
When: Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Where: Autry National Center (map)
4700 Western Heritage Way
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
Register online today at la-bike.org/lariverride!
SAVE $10 when you register before May 13!

6 GREAT RIDES TO CHOOSE FROM

All ages, all abilities, all along the scenic LA River Bike Path!

  • 100-Mile Century Ride
  • 70-Mile Park to Playa Ride
  • 50-Mile Half-Century Ride
  • 36-Mile Training Ride
  • 15-Mile Family Ride (kids 12 & under ride FREE)
  • Kids’ Ride & Safety Rodeo (for young kids ages 2-6, they ride FREE courtesy of Paramount City Parks & Recreation)

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

  • New Elysian Valley pit stop
  • New path portion from Fletcher to Figueroa is finally open after years of fighting for it, and this means that 99% of the Family Ride will be on a Class I Bike Path! See footage from the ribbon-cutting ceremony in December and read our blog posts on it.
  • The Century Ride will feature a new and improved path based on your many comments
  • Kids 12 and under ride free this year courtesy of Paramount City Parks & Recreation
  • Newly designed 11th Anniversary River Ride Jerseys by Voler. Pre-order yours today when you register!

WHAT’S THE SAME?

  • LACBC members receive a discount on ride registration.
  • Not a member? Now’s the time to join LACBC at a discounted price and support better bike infrastructure in LA County.
  • Additional discounts for club members
  • Great food, informative booths, and entertainment at the Finish line
  • A great day of cycling fun along the ever-greening LA River!

Stay updated: RSVP to our 11th Annual LA River Ride Facebook Event and find our LA River Ride Facebook Fan Page!

General questions about River Ride? Contact JJ Hoffman, River Ride Coordinator, at lariverride@la-bike.org.

Questions about River Ride registration and/or membership? Contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at RRRegistration@la-bike.org.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Martin Lopez-Iu & Erik Alcaraz, River Ride Volunteer Coordinators, at RRVolunteer@la-bike.org.

 

Thanks for helping to build a better, bike-able LA County!

LACBC Introduces First Sunday Funday Ride–The Valley Pride Ride–Now on Jan. 9

December 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Cyclists in Cahuenga Pass head to the San Fernando Valley, 1897.

UPDATED (1/3): Due to weather conditions, we had to reschedule our January 2nd ride for January 9th. So come join us now this Sunday for a family friendly ride on Sunday, January 9th!

Beginning in January 2011, on the first Sunday of each month, LACBC Board and Staff will host a group ride! Each ride will explore a different corner of LA County and reflect the diversity of our organization. What better way to get to know your advocacy organization?

Rides are FREE and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page or sign up to become a member at the ride.

Our first ride is the Valley Pride Ride!

Valley Pride Ride!
Date (UPDATED): Sunday,  January 9, 2011
Time: Meet at 12:00 P.M.; Ride at 12:30 P.M.
Location: Los Encinos State Park at 16756 Moorpark St., Encino CA 91436 (map) – Accessible by Orange Line Balboa stop

Led by board member Heidi Zeller, Valley Pride will celebrate the country’s quintessential suburb: the San Fernando Valley, like duh! Part nature ride, part historical ride, we’ll begin at Los Encinos State Park (until the late 19th Century, the hub of human habitation in the Southern San Fernando Valley). We’ll then meander through the Sepulveda Basin, taking advantage of some new-ish bicycle paths along the Orange Line.

Approximately 6 miles.
Begins and ends at Los Encinos State Park.
Ride is open to all ages, and will involve bike paths as well as some street riding.

View our Facebook Event here.

Please RSVP to Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, carol@la-bike.org.

If anyone is interested in volunteering as a ride marshal for the ride, you may also contact Heidi at heidizeller@gmail.com. Basic duties include making sure no rider gets left behind and possibly making minor repairs.

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