The Los Angeles River Ride: Turning It Up to 11!

June 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 2 Comments

Two Sundays ago, on June 5th, we saw over 2,000 riders of all ages and abilities roll out in perfect riding weather for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride! We’re in our 11th year, and each year we are always amazed at how much time, energy, and dedication so many people give to make the River Ride what it is.

Top 3 photos: Allison Mannos/LACBC, Bottom photo: Kim West

Thank you to our River Ride Committee, a mix of staff and volunteers that began meeting in January and has spent countless hours planning this event. We had over 150 volunteers on the day of the ride checking you in at registration, leading and caboosing your rides, cutting and serving fruit, directing parking lot traffic, making sure you got your raffle ticket, entertaining and helping at pit stops, and more. We also had several volunteers before the ride loading supplies, running the popular REI pickup on Memorial Day weekend, answering the LACBC office phones for River Ride inquires, entering registration data into our system, marking the route with those colorful arrows and signs, and more! We still have volunteers inputting data and following-up in this post-River Ride haze. It takes a mini army of volunteers every year, and we are always so thankful that we get such enthusiastic, dependable, and giving people.

In addition to our volunteers, the River Ride could not have been possible without so many other people and groups. Thanks to County Supervisors Don Knabe, Zev Yaroslavsky, Michael Antonovich, Gloria Molina, and Mark Ridley Thomas. They, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Paramount, Youth Educational Sports, and Moms in Motion, made our Kids’ Rides, Safety Rodeo, and other activities possible. As a result, all kids 12 and under were able to ride for free, and some lucky children received free bicycles!

Thank you to Specialized for your support and the bikes for the kids. Special thanks to REI for all the support we have received over the years, both financial, in-kind, and technical (these videos rocked); GEKlaw, our partners in safety and justice;  the Laemmle Foundation and LLB&L who both support us in so many ways; Herbalife; New Belgium for the support and the yummy beverages that keep us going and help us celebrate; our longtime friends at Metro, Good Samaritan Hospital, CH2MHill and LA World Airports; and our new friends at Warner Brothers, 100.3 the Sound, and KOA Corporation.

Thank you to Sparkletts, Clifbar, Pitfire Pizza, and Cafecito Organico for the food and beverage donations. Thanks to DT Swiss, Helen’s Cycles, Cynergy Cycles, I Martin Bicycles, and Incycle of Pasadena for their donations and all the tech and moral support.

A special thank you to the Autry National Center for hosting this event, plus Eliya-USA and Awards Plus for helping us put all the pieces together.

And of course, thank you to Grand Marshal Austin Nichols; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman; Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his Deputy Isaac Burks; Councilmember Eric Garcetti and his deputies Mitch O’Farrell and Arsen Melikyan; Ed Reyes and his deputies Jill Sourial, Lupe Vela, and Sonia Jimenez; and the Cities of Maywood and Long Beach.

Lastly, thanks to all the riders for coming out as we could not have a River Ride without you! Your registration fees all benefit the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and our work to make LA County a safer place to ride. Also, thanks to those who signed up for membership. The River Ride may happen once a year, but LACBC works year-round  and if you haven’t joined us to become a member, please sign up and be part of the change.

As you can see, so many people come together to make this great event possible. Through this ride we are building a community that supports better biking in LA and a completed and newly revitalized Los Angeles River. We hope to see you all next year as we celebrate a dozen years of the LA River Ride!

View some of our photos on Flickr and Facebook. Our friends at PhotoCrazy also have photos along the route available for purchase.

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