Carmageddon Is Just Another Gorgeous Saturday with the Westside Ride

October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Riders take a break on the Ballona Creek Bike Path. Photo: Walk ‘n Rollers

Over 100 riders of all ages and abilities joined Walk ‘n Rollers, LACBC, and our local chapters Culver City Bicycle Coalition and Santa Monica Spoke for Bike Carmageddon: The Westside Ride.  Yes, for the second time in as many years Caltrans shut down the 405 freeway, known as the busiest freeway in the United States for 48 hours. Rather than panic or stay home with the doors locked and windows bolted, our members hopped on their bikes and enjoyed a 22-mile loop.
Starting from the Metro Expo line in Culver City, we then paused at the Santa Monica Bike Center, where we met up with the riders from Santa Monica Spoke, picked up some new riders, and enjoyed some light refreshments courtesy of Sprouts and Zenify.  After that, we continued on to Westwood, where we stopped at the “Bad News Bears Park” and enjoyed Gatorade, Cruz bars, Clif bars, and shade from an obliging tree.  Then it was back to Culver City where Rush Street Restaurant provided pizzas and lemonade.  The entire ride was sponsored by the bikeways department at Metro who, like LACBC, understands that the 405 may be useful for some things, but certainly its temporary shutdown is not the end of the world.

Thanks to Jim Shanman for organizing the ride, all our volunteer marshals for guiding our riders, Santa Monica Spoke and Culver City Bicycle Coalition, and Metro and all the sponsors for their financial and in-kind support.

Riders gather at the Culver City Metro Station. Photo: LACBC

We showed everyone just how easy, safe, and fun biking on the Westside can be and were able to point out things like the Expo Phase II bikeway.  We also had a great view of the shut-down 405 from Bad News Bears Park.  The whole day seemed like just another great Saturday in the City of Angels, a city that provides an excellent backdrop for year-round cycling.  Need more cycling excitement? Join us for CicLAvia on Sunday, October 7th. We also encourage you to join us for our Sunday Funday rides for LACBC members and their guests on the first Sunday of each month. Just keep on 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.

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!

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.

Cyclist-Involved Hit and Run

January 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
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The Santa Monica Police Department needs your assistance in
identifying and locating a vehicle involved in a felony hit and run
traffic collision.

On January 17, 2009 at about 12:30, a 33 year-old male bicyclist
riding southbound on 20th Street at Arizona Avenue was struck by an
unknown vehicle. After striking the cyclist, the vehicle ran over the
bicycle and the rider’s body and then left the scene without rendering
any assistance or notifying the police. There is no description of the
vehicle at this time; however, it may have front scratches or dents
and possibly a cracked windshield. The bicyclist is currently in
critical condition at a local hospital

(Bulletin P-09-001 dated 19 January)

Tonite! Santa Monica Meeting

June 18, 2008 at 12:20 am | Posted in Get Involved | Leave a comment
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Some of you may know this already, but if you’re on the Westside, and you have time, please come out to Santa Monica’s meeting on it’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE).

Bike Activist Alex Thompson is organizing people to comment on the LUCE and make bicycling a priority.

WHEN: Today, June 17th, 6:45pm

WHERE: Santa Monica City Council Chambers, 1685 Main St.

More info: LA Streetsblog, Westside Bikeside

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