CicLAvia 04-10-11: Bringing People Back to the Streets

April 15, 2011 at 9:08 am | Posted in LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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We biked, we walked, we hula-hooped, we ran into friends, we got sun-burned, we smiled! For this second CicLAvia, LACBC was stationed at our bike valet in Little Tokyo, our 7th Street table in MacArthur Park, our table in Hollenbeck Park, and around the Bicycle District, but we were also biking around and so excited to see familiar faces and make new friends.

This CicLAvia has been really well-documented so we turn it over to some other folks for their take on CicLAvia 04-10-11:

  • CicLAvia Revelers Share Their Own Stories in the Comments Section; Add Your Own – CicLAvia blog
  • Mayor Villaraigosa Guest-Blogs about CicLAvia for Streetsblog (Way to Go, Mayor V, and Way to Go, Streetsblog!) – LA Streetsblog
  • Sandy Banks of the LA Times Is a CicLAvia Convert – LA Times
  • Even Bike Advocates from Out-of-Town Are Impressed by CicLAvia – Alliance for Biking & Walking
  • CicLAvia Brings Out the Families – KCET
  • The Bigger Picture of CicLAvia – The Source
  • A CicLAvia Photo-Essay from a First-Timer- Brigham Yen
  • Green LA Girl Presents 13 Ways of Looking at CicLAvia – Pacific Swell
  • Help Brainstorm How to Make CicLAvia More Kid- and Ped-Friendly – LA Streetsblog
  • AutoWeek Covers CicLAvia (AutoWeek? Yes, AutoWeek.) – AutoWeek

Thank you to all the great CicLAvia organizers, volunteers, and donors! LACBC couldn’t be happier to partner with this movement! If you can’t wait until the next CicLAvia, know that the next one will be back on July 10th, followed by another on October 9th. And know that CicLAvia could not be possible without financial support and volunteers. So if you can, please donate to CicLAvia and/or volunteer. We’ll see you out on July 10th!

Pssst. . . You can view more of our photos on our Flickr and Facebook page. And please do share your stories and/or other favorite CicLAvia-related reads, videos, and photos in the comments section.

See You All at CicLAvia 04.10.11!

April 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Bike News | Leave a comment
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At the last CicLAvia on 10.10.10, LA's streets filled with smiling faces. We're ready for Round 2!

This Sunday April 10th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, LA’s streets are open for walking, bicycling, skating, playing, and more for CicLAvia! Please follow these helpful links that the CicLAvia organizers have put together for more details:

As a proud partner of CicLAvia, all of us at LACBC hope to see you out there! Ride the streets stress-free, explore Los Angeles like you’ve never done before, bring along your friends that haven’t biked in years. If this CicLAvia is anything like the last one, it will be one our most favorite days of the year!

LACBC will be all over the 7.5-mile route, but you can find us at our bike valet in Little Tokyo, at our 7th Street Bike Lane Campaign pit stop in MacArthur Park, and at another pit stop at the Bicycle District start/end point in East Hollywood. Say hello, learn more about current projects, sign up for membership, register for the LA River Ride, etc. You can also follow us on Twitter for a few updates during the day.

We hope to see you all on Sunday!

Bike Valet Victories

March 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved, LACBC Events | 4 Comments
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Bobby here with an update LACBC’s growing Bike Valet program. (What the heck is Bike Valet? Check out this post). Woody and I have built new Bike Valet racks that take our whole program to the next level of bike awesomeness. We set out with the goal of building a system that would be easy to run completely with bike trailers, obviating the need for any dastardly infernal combustion engines. We’ve settled on a design that breaks down into light aluminum tubes. A few weeks ago we rode up to Industrial Metal Supply way up in the Valley to pick up some more aluminum:

Woody hauls his ladder trailer up through the valley

When we got there we shopped around for remnants, and picked out our aluminum:

shiny new aluminum

After haggling a little bit, we made our purchases and loaded up the trailer. We turned down some offers of rides in trucks from friendly construction guys. I still think we got back to LA faster in the rush hour traffic!

Woody straps the tubes down to the ladder trailer

Woody and I took turns hauling the trailer on the way back. It is surprisingly fun to haul 200 pounds of weight! Back at the ranch, Woody and I chop-sawed the tubes:

choppin through the aluminum

And here are the resulting racks – super strong:

Bobby tests out the racks

We use these cool snap-buttons to hold them together. The whole shindig breaks down into light tubes that can be strapped to a trailer:

easy break down!

We built this new set just in time for the CicLAvia fund raiser on March 5th, which was a smashing success. We parked over 200 bikes – which was a third of the total attendees at the event:

Bike Valet volunteers Allan and Chris help out a client

Thanks to Allan, Chris, Janet, Sinar, Janina, Henry and Carlos for volunteering with team Bike Valet. Everyone had a really great time, and it was a good warm up for the REAL CicLAvia coming up on April 10th. We will be running a Bike Valet for all the restaurants and merchants in Little Tokyo, so I’m looking for some volunteers. I’ll be running two shifts, one from 10AM to 12:30PM and 12:30PM to 3PM, so you’ll still be able to enjoy riding around the CicLAvia. If you’re interested in the fun times email me at bikevalet@la-bike.org

 

Behold the New and Improved Bike Valet Program!

November 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 7 Comments
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My name is Bobby Gadda, and last month I stepped in as the new Bike Valet Coordinator. I have been a volunteer with the LACBC for a couple of years, and am also active with CicLAvia and the Bike Kitchen. I have been charged with revamping the Bike Valet program. Here goes!

Bobby presides over the bike valet racks at the LA Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon in downtown LA

What is Bike Valet? Let’s say you are an event producer who is going to host a really cool event. Events that attract a lot of bicyclists (such as bike film festivals, urban planning meetings, square dances or hoe downs) require a lot of bike parking. Once people fill up the bike racks (if there are any), they will starting locking up to signposts, pipes, railings, trees, or other unsuitable objects. This can become quite a mess, and potentially hazardous for the event attendees. That’s where we come in!

We bring and set up bike racks (more on these later) at the event, and establish a secure zone around the area to guard the bikes. Bike Valet is just like Valet car parking. You bring your bike to the Valet attendants, they take your bike, and you get a number to reclaim your bike later. It’s that easy! This makes parking your bike much less of a hassle for attendees – no need to hunt for a parking spot or lock up your bike. You can also leave your lights, accessories, and bags on your bike, knowing that it won’t be messed with on the street.

For event producers, this is a great bonus to provide attendees – easy parking if you ride a bike! This not only makes the event more manageable – it brings more people to your event! If you have an event coming up that needs bike valet, shoot me an email at bikevalet@la-bike.org

Bike Valet volunteers at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market

Volunteering with Bike Valet: This was actually the first thing I volunteered with when I first moved to LA. It is a great way to meet other people in the bike scene, plus you get to hang out with me! The shifts are usually only 3 hours, so that you can enjoy at least half of whatever event is going on – and volunteers are supplied with food and drink. It is fun handling stranger’s bikes – you can see how light or heavy they really are! Email bikevalet@la-bike.org if you want to get a chance to volunteer at the next valet!

Woody hauling the bike valet racks with his ladder trailer and recumbent bike

The Bike Valet racks: Right now we have about 100 feet of bike racks. These are metal and wood A-Frames with 10 ft steel poles that a previous generation of LACBC built. They work by hanging the bike by the saddle on the pole, so we can fit about one bike per foot of rack. Formerly these had to be transported by car – but this was before the revolution of Woodsin Joseph-Sandberg! Woody figured out how to fit these bulky and heavy racks on his self-designed ladder trailers. For the past few months now most Bike Valet events have been transported by bike trailer rather than car!

Woody and I are now working on the second generation of bike racks – using much lighter aluminum tubes and an ingenious folding system. Last Friday we purchased a whole bunch of aluminum tubes from a metal supplier in the Valley, and moved them via bike to LA.  We were able to haul all of the components of 100 feet of bike rack on one fairly light trailer, rather than the two heavy ones the old system requires. This, along with the old racks will double our maximum capacity to 200 bikes for larger events.

The Future of Bike Valet: A few weekends ago I traveled up to San Francisco to check out the SFBC Bike Valet Program. I met with some of their organizers and even volunteered at one of their bike valet events to get an on street perspective. Their program is already booked the year through with recurring events such as the bike valet they provide at every Giants home game at the baseball stadium, and the valet every week at the big farmer’s market downtown. One  of my goals for LA’s bike valet program to grow it to more events on a more regular schedule. I’m looking into farmer’s markets, music venues, maybe even Dodger Stadium? If you have any ideas or connections, shoot me an email at bikevalet@la-bike.org.

LACBC’s Bike Powered Bike Valet

February 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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This Monday the LACBC was part of the bicycle performance piece Eine Brise performed as just one part of an all night tribute to Argentine-German artist Mauricio Kagel at the Colburn School in Dowtown Los Angeles. The Facebook page for the event has some great photos and the ride received coverage in the Times. In our opinion, never have we experienced more anticipation than when we could hear the bells of 111 bicycles growing ever so slightly in the distance–Kagel apparently knew something of the Doppler Effect.

Bike Powered Bike Valet (Photo by Joe Linton)

LACBC was valeting bikes for the event, and Monday was the first time we had transported our bike valet equipment entirely by bicycle. Thanks to Woodsin Sandburg for his ingenious ladder trailers and his strong knees, and to Joe Linton for snapping these photos. We’ll be running the bike valet at this Saturday’s Chinatown Firecracker Run and Ride.

Volunteer at the Freewaves Festival!

October 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: Bike Valet at the 11th Annual Freewaves Festival

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 5:30pm-midnight

WHERE: 6500 Block of Hollywood Boulevard (near Hudson St. opposite LACE)

Here’s your chance to represent bike culture at a unique LA event!  More information about the festival available here: http://www.freewaves.org

The LACBC info booth and our Bike Valet will be among groups such as TreePeople and the Friends of the Los Angeles River to showcase eco-friendly living in LA!

There will be street puppets, man-made parks by Park(ing) day L.A., a Fender Blender juicer, an innteractive Watershed Suitcase, a Biodiesel demo, performances by the Bicycle Bell Ensemble, Bike Cite, Bike Ballet on the street, and a whole lot more!

We’ve got two shifts available:

  • 5:30-9 pm
  • 9pm-12am

Email aurisha@la-bike.org if you are interested.

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