Thank You from the 13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride

June 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Photo: Brian Minami

We at LACBC are in our 13th year for the River Ride, and each year we have different experiences, challenges, and triumphs in putting this massive event together. This year, we added a new ride–the 25-mile Long Beach Loop– and 2,400 riders came out to ride the river on a gorgeous Sunday. As always, we would like to thank the army of folks who helped make the River Ride possible: the participants, to the volunteers, the sponsors, and the supporters.

Thank you to the following people and organizations:

  • Stewart and Lynda Resnick– The ride wouldn’t have been possible without them.
  • Former Mayor Richard Riordan, for his sponsorship and for leading off the rides
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, his deputy Lori Wheeler Garcia, and NBCUniversal, as well as River Revitalization Corps. for their work on the River and the beginnings of Greenway 2020
  • Our LACBC River Ride Fundraisers: River Ride Fundraising Champion Nancy “Tish” Laemmle, Carrie Ungerman, Paul Des Marais, Douglas John, Kevin Hopps of Team Hopps, and Sebouh Asparian
  • LA River Swim Team and Fathers and Sons for playing music for us
  • Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the potties
  • Councilmember Ed Reyes for all his support over the years, he was given the Howard D. Krepack Service to Cycling Award
  • CH2MHILL, a longtime River Ride supporter
  • Pocrass & De Los Reyes, our  new friends and new supporters
  • Laemmle Theatres, longtime River Ride supporters
  • County Supervisor Don Knabe and Deputy Erin Stibal
  • County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Deputies Teresea Villegas and Martha Jimenez
  • New Belgium Brewing and Aimme Gilchrist, our longtime friends and supporters who made the VIP beer garden and booth possible and donated another awesome New Belgium Cruiser Bike to our Runner-up fundraiser
  • The REACT team for keeping everyone on the paths safe
  • INCYCLE and Specialized for the kids’ bikes
  • Aquarium of the Pacific, Port of Long Beach and TERN made Long Beach start and finish possible
  • Cafecito Organico for helping us wake up at 4 a.m.
  • DTLA Bikes for the awesome bikes for our raffle and fundraisers
  • KOA, our longtime friends and supporters
  • REI, our longtime friends and supporters
  • VBT Biking and Walking Vacations awesome Bike Trip to Tuscany prize
  • Cynergy, Performance Bikes, El Maestro, Bike SGV, Downey Bicycle Coalition, and pit stop captains for pit stop and tech support
  • Our local chapters and Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors for running the info booth
  • Our volunteers: goody bag stuffers, REI wristband pickup teams, route markers, ride marshals, office help, registration folks, SAG drivers,   parking attendants, kids’ rodeo helpers, and more
  • Our graphic design volunteers: David Fletcher and Aislinn Glennon
  • Clif Bar and Brooke Donberg
  • Yelp and Katie Burbank
  • American Apparel for our t-shirts
  • Walt Disney Company and Adam Gilbert for the free parking
  • Whole Foods Beverly Hils
  • FIRST 5 LA, Lucie Spencer Murray or Run Kids Runs, and Tana Ball of Youth Educational Sports for the kids’ ride
  • Kat Namey, who led off the rides in her colorful tights and with her tall bike.
  • The Autry National Center
  • The River Ride Committee, which had the all good snacks

Our awardees–Councilmember Ed Reyes, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and NBCUniversal (represented by Universal Studios Hollywood President and Chief Operation Officer Larry Kurzweil)–stand with our executive director Jen Klausner.

At Sunday’s River Ride, LACBC was also delighted to recognize three leaders for their contributions to bicycling and the Los Angeles River:

  • Councilmember Ed Reyes, who represents neighborhoods west and north of Downtown and a significant stretch of the LA River, was honored with the Howard Krepack Service to Cycling Award for his many years of championing bicycling on the Los Angeles City Council.  Reyes may be less vocal than some of his colleagues, but he has always worked diligently and passionately behind the scenes to advance bicycling in underserved communities as a social justice issue.  LACBC expresses our deepest gratitude for his support and wishes him well as he leaves elected office at the end of the month.
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has long been a champion for bicycling on the County Board of Supervisors, including shepherding the County’s Bicycle Master Plan in 2012.  Earlier this year, Yaroslavsky secured over $13 million for planning and construction of the LA River Bike Path along NBC Universal’s river frontage.  Yaroslavsky is working feverishly to see this project break ground under his watch.  LACBC commends Supervisor Yaroslavsky for his commitment and steadfastness on behalf of the LA River.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood President and Chief Operation Officer Larry Kurzweil accepted an award on behalf of NBCUniversal for their unprecedented financial contribution to the LA River Bike Path.  In response to LACBC and river allies, NBCUniversal recognized the LA River’s potential and stepped up as a corporate steward.  LACBC eagerly awaits pedaling along Universal Studios at future River Rides.

Thanks for coming out! You can check out photos from the day on the LACBC Facebook page.

River Ride Recap

June 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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photo; flickr/lacbc

The Tenth Anniversary River Ride was our largest ride to date! We had well over 2,000 participants. We made a promise that this would be the best River Ride ever and it more than lived up to that promise. With the addition of many new wonderful sponsors and the returning support of our longtime supporters, LACBC was able to reach out to many more families. More than triple the numbers of young riders joined us this year. We are definitely building the next generation of cyclists through our kids ride.

The adults had fun too. This year the pit stops were terrific with lots of snacks to choose from. The 70 and 100 milers enjoyed homemade empenadas and the 50 milers got sandwiches. We also added a new pit stop at Hollenbeck park in Boyle Heights. All the pit stops saw an increase in volunteers and information.

After the ride, participants enjoyed  great live music from returning band Stone Cold Blues and new musical acts, The Manic Theatricals and the fantastic, LA River Swim Team. The food was excellent, the beer flowed and the Great Chiweenie frolicked!

We were also very proud to have special 10th Anniversary jerseys for sale and every rider received a free T-shirt.

Most of all thank you to all the volunteers who dedicated a lot of time and energy to help make this the best River Ride ever.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

If you missed it, you missed out! Be sure to join us for next year’s River Ride as it is always our goal to make the ride better than the one before. It will be a tall order trying to top this year’s!

To view some pictures from the ride, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30824624@N04/sets/72157624239745288

10th Annual River Ride is This Sunday, City Still Won’t Let Us On the New Stretch of the River Path

June 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 2 Comments
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LACBC staff and volunteers at this morning's River Ride exhibition ride; photo, LACBC facebook.

LACBC’s 10th Annual LA River Ride is this Sunday, June 6th, and if you haven’t registered yet you can still come out this weekend and be a part of all the fun. Day-of registration will be at the main lawn south of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and you can find out more info on the River Ride website about ride times and everything else going on this Sunday.

This an enormous weekend for us and we’re looking forward to all the great times to come. But we’ve already had to explain to a concerned River Rider why the City has refused to allow us to use the newly paved stretch of the River path around Fletcher Blvd (even though numerous people already do so every single day). The reason? A delay in the installation of railing and the City’s concern over the liabilities associated with this.

What follows is an email response that our River Ride Coordinator Janette Hoffman sent out, and we thought we’d share it with everyone coming out this weekend. Though this is still something that disappoints everyone at LACBC, it also motivates us to continue fighting for the continued restoration of the River as a viable public space .

Continue Reading 10th Annual River Ride is This Sunday, City Still Won’t Let Us On the New Stretch of the River Path…

Start Biking and Celebrate it in Los Angeles!

May 19, 2010 at 9:29 am | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Here at LACBC we are celebrating Bike Week in full force.  Monday, our Executive Director Jennifer Klausner and Communications and Campaigns Director Aurisha Smolarski attended the Bike Week Kick-off at LAPD Headquarters.  LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck was present and spoke about bike safety.  He and Metro even released a spiffy PSA aimed at drivers to promote safety.  In addition Streetsblog reported that Metro announced they will be removing their rush-hour restrictions on bicycles coming this summer.
Yesterday morning, our Events Manager, Erica Yoshimoto, was at Blessings of the Bicycles, attended by 50+ folks.  A highlight was that DA Mary Stone, the lawyer who prosecuted the infamous Christopher Thompson, the doctor who slammed his brakes in front of two cyclists in Mandeville Canyon, was honored with the Golden Spoke Award.

Today, there was a bike ride starting at Olvera Street South Plaza at 8am.

Thursday, there are plenty of bike-to-work day pit stops all across the County, but if you’re in downtown LA, stop by the LACBC Headquarters at 634 S. Spring Street- we’ll be there from 6am-9am with special Clif Bar Mojo Bars, a special raffle, and Go Mambo Gift Bags.
Friday is Bike to School Day and Saturday there are three rides to choose from- Culver City Family Ride, Pasadena FAB Ride and Glendale Historical Ride.

Streetsblog has done a terrific job covering Bike Week LA events thus far.

If you don’t have a bike and want to start, enter to win a free bike from People for Bikes:

And of course with that new bike, you can do the LA River Ride!

The Tour of California

May 7, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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The Stage 7 individual time trial will occur in Downtown LA at the LA Live Complex, photo: amgentourofcalifornia.com

In our build up to LACBC’s 10th annual LA River Ride—our biggest event of the year, and one of the best ways to support LACBC and bicycling in Los Angeles—we’ve partnered with several other bike related events to publicize our happening and ultimately move forward our shared goal of celebrating bicycling.  Above all other events is truly the Amgen Tour of California.

As the largest cycling event in America , the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course throughout California from May 16 to the 23rd.

Founded in 2005 by Amgen,  one of the many objectives of the Tour is the Breakaway from Cancer® initiative, a national effort to increase awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer, from prevention to survivorship. The initiative supports the valuable education, advocacy, and support resources offered by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

At the finish line of the Los Angeles stage will be the MBT Lifestyle Festival which the Tour is touting as “the place to be for all cycling enthusiasts;”

“There is no better place to experience the spectacle of race day than at the MBT Lifestyle Festival. The festival will feature a health & fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food, entertainment and more! There will be plenty to see and do for everyone in your family!”

As the race day approaches, special opportunities are available to experience the Tour up close and personal; information on a personalized experience can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/VIP-offers/VIP-offers.html Don’t miss what promises to be one of the biggest days in bicycling to come through Los Angeles in this or any other year.

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