Riding Along the Water, Riding Along the Freeway for a Sunday Funday

May 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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This past Sunday, we met at Echo Park Lake for the Historic Northwest and Northeast LA Sunday Funday Ride that traveled through some central, east, and northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods. Roughly thirty-five members (including a few stray riders that we picked up along the way) joined together for a stellar ride in glorious weather! Members traveled from across the County, including West LA, Sherman Oaks, and Pomona.

Top & bottom photos: LACBC
Middle photos: Harry Dougherty

Snow on the San Gabriel range could be seen throughout the day. We passed by the historic Victorian homes of Angeleno Heights and Montecito Heights, rode the Arroyo Seco bike path to South Pasadena, and stopped for breaks in Debs Park and at the Bike Oven and the Flying Pigeon (thanks to Chicken Leather for opening up the Oven and the good folks at the Flying Pigeon for being so friendly and accommodating). We rode adjacent to the Metro Gold Line in Highland Park, by the foot of Mt. Washington along Marmion Way, and finally along the 110 freeway path which carried us over the LA River “alongside” northbound cars traveling 70 mph. Due to the Dodger traffic, we were actually riding faster than the southbound traffic, and some of the traffic officers on the street actually helped us make a few safe right and left turns (gracias)! We also explored a relatively flat ascent through Chinatown along New Depot Street and came back to Echo Park Lake.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to Mr. Villavaso for leading such a fun ride to start of Bike Month!

If you missed out on this ride, you can view our route map here (in old school format). We have photos up on our Flickr and Facebook. Sunday Funday rider Harry Dougherty has also shared some of his excellent photos from the ride.

About Sunday Funday rides:

Created this year after hearing from our LACBC members that you all wanted more social opportunities and events spread across the County, each Sunday Funday Ride is led by a different person, has a different personality, and covers a different region of LA County. Sunday Funday rides are free to all LACBC members and their guests.  They are held on the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of June due to the LA River Ride on June 5th (a Sunday Funday Ride to top all others!). We hope to see you all on June 5th for the LA River Ride, and then Sunday Funday Rides will resume on July 3rd!

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!

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.

Sunday Funday #2: I ♥ the Westside Ride

January 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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Thanks to all who came out to our Valley Pride Ride on January 9th! Now we’re gearing for our second Sunday Funday ride and ready to explore a new area of LA County!

February’s ride is the I [Heart] the Westside Ride!


I [Heart] the Westside Ride
Date: Sunday, February 6, 2011
Time: Meet at 9:30 A.M.; Ride at 10:00 A.M.
Location: Meet at Santa Monica Pier at 200 Santa Monica Pier, 90401 (accessible by the Metro 10, 20, 33, 333, & 720 lines and Big Blue Bus 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 lines)

The I [Heart] the Westside Ride will focus on the beauty and romance of the Westside. Led by LACBC Board Member and Biking in LA Blogger, Ted Rogers, this ride will meet at Santa Monica pier and explore the Sharrows on Abbot Kinney and the Marina bike path before following Ballona Creek to Culver City. Then we’ll head to Beverly Hills and back down to the coast with a final leg along the beach back to the pier, all in time to get home to catch the Super Bowl!

Roughly 30 to 35 miles, mostly flat terrain, moderate pace. Best suited for intermediate riders.
Ride will last roughly 3 hours.
Dress in warm layers, as mornings by the beach tend to be cold.
Rain will result in postponement or cancellation of ride.

To view our Facebook event, click here.

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.

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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