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.

CicLAvia Press Conference with Mayor Villaraigosa

September 22, 2010 at 11:09 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved, LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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Cyclists, pedestrians, fellow environmental and bicycle advocates and organizers of CicLAvia gathered today on the lawn of City Hall for a press conference with Mayor Villaraigosa inviting Angelenos to participate in LA’s first CicLAvia on October 10th, 2010.  He was joined by Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Ed Reyes, and Jose Huizar who highlighted how this event will encourage Angelenos to get out of their cars, ride bikes, walk, engage their communities, reclaim public space, enjoy the city they live in and most of all have fun.

CicLAvia will be a held from 10 am to 3 pm on 10-10-10. It is a free event and open to all. Please visit CicLAvia’s blog for 7-mile route, volunteer opportunities and other info.

LACBC is excited to be part of the efforts that brought CicLAvia to LA. This is the 1st CicLAvia in LA City and will bring increased awareness of the benefits of biking and walking to create more live-able communities.  Please help spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Wouldn’t it be great to see the 7-mile route packed with people!

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