Become an LACBC Super Hero(n) at the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride & Win Big!

April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Become an LACBC Super Hero(n) at the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride and win big! You won’t egret it!

LACBC created the River Ride back in 2000 when the organization was just a toddler as a means of providing much-needed funds to grow into the strong and feisty little pre-teen that we all know and love.  As our signature event, the Annual Los Angeles River Ride is LACBC’s opportunity to gather the bicycling community together and ask them to ride with us, explore the LA River, learn more about us, become members, and donate.

As you may know, the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is coming up on June 5th. If you love the LA River, the Annual LA River Ride, and LACBC, take the opportunity of the River Ride to become an LACBC Super Hero(n): fundraise for LACBC as a River Ride participant! It’s simple, and top fundraisers will win some of the best prizes that LACBC has ever had.

Top prizes are:

  • a stellar commuter bike package worth over $1,000 courtesy of REI that includes a Novara ETA Bike,  a helmet, an OnGuard Bulldog Standard U-Lock, and Novara Transfer Panniers
  • a set of Mon Chasseral wheels from DT Swiss
  • our beautiful 11th Annual LA River Ride Jerseys

Herbie Huff, an LACBC River Ride fundraiser from last year, says: “My friends and family know that I ride and that I care about making LA a better place to bicycle. I thought the River Ride fundraiser was a great time to ask them to donate money to the cause. It was very easy – I just sent out an email to everyone I knew explaining the advocacy work LACBC does and reminding them that I’m involved. I showed them the link to donate and welcomed them to contribute any amount.  About 30 of my friends gave. In the end, I felt great sharing my passion for bike advocacy and my love for LACBC with so many of my friends.“

How do you become an LACBC Super Hero(n)?

Let’s break it down. Between your personal donation, immediate family members, and closest friends, you could be able to raise between $500 and $1000.  After that, consider your colleagues at work or school. Take a few minutes to send a message every one of your Facebook friends.  Then, ask your church, club, or employer to match the funds you have raised. Perhaps businesses you frequent would be willing to match funds as well.

As great as it is to tackle a challenge and win a prize, helping out a cause you love is a reward in and of itself.

To get started, please visit the 11th Annual LA River Ride fundraising page and set up your own page. You can then personalize and modify this LA River Ride Fundraising Letter Template to send to your friends, family, and acquaintances. If you have questions, contact JJ Hoffman at

Thank you, and we’ll see you out riding on June 5th for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride!

LACBC Teams Up with ‘One Tree Hill’ Star Austin Nichols for LA River Ride

April 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 6 Comments
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11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Grand Marshal Austin Nichols

We are proud to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is Austin Nichols, star of the CW’s One Tree Hill and The Day After Tomorrow! Come join Austin, LACBC, and over 2,000 riders as we ride the newly revitalized Los Angeles River on Sunday, June 5th, 2011!

“I would like to thank the LACBC for inviting me to be the Grand Marshal for this outstanding ride,” says Austin. “Ever since I jumped on a bike I have had dreams about a cleaner world.  Less cars, cleaner air and healthy, happier people. It is incredible how many problems two wheels can solve.”

Austin originally grew up in Austin, Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and attend the University of Southern California. An avid athlete, he was once a competitive water skier.

As a cyclist, Austin started riding for exercise, but since traveling to the Gulf of Mexico during last year’s oil spill, he has begun to use his bike instead of a car whenever possible. After a trip to Uruguay where Austin was inspired by construction workers who rode to and from work laughing and enjoying themselves together, he also witnessed how riding builds a sense of community. Austin recently was able to experience the community that CicLAvia harvested in LA’s streets this past weekend as he rode with Mayor Villaraigosa, Lance Armstrong, and CicLAvia’s hundreds of thousands of riders and participants. Austin, like LACBC, wants to urge our local officials to strive for more and improved bike infrastructure.

To some in the bike community, Austin (@Aus10Nichols) is best known as the originator of  the #twowheeltuesday hashtag on Twitter. He began using it last summer, and his Twitter followers responded with Tweets about where they were riding their bikes. Riding one day a week—to class, to work, to the store—is an excellent way to start making an environmental difference and appreciate your community.

On June 5th, Austin, LACBC,  and over 2,000 other riders will be celebrating a “Two Wheel Sunday” as we ride across LA County during the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. With six bike rides to choose from—100, 70, 50, 36, and 15 miles plus a ride and safety rodeo for the kids—there is something for bicyclists of all ages and all abilities. Austin Nichols and LACBC hope to see you then!

Bicyclists and Pedestrians Celebrate LA River Path Extension

December 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 6 Comments
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Bicyclists and pedestrians celebrate the new path extension. Photo: Arsen Melikyan

This past Saturday, the local Elysian Valley community saw the LA River path gain a little more ground. While people have been quietly using the repaved path for months, Saturday marked the official completion of the 2.5-mile Fletcher-to-Figueroa shared-use path with lighting, protective rails, and the works. Saturday’s festivities included an LACBC ride from the Autry Center in Griffith Park, an expo near the Crystal Springs cul-de-sac, a dedication ceremony, and our first chance to test the new path extension with all its additions!

It was an overcast morning, but we had a lively group of about 75 bicyclists come for the ride. This group included a great mix of bicyclists including a guy in a Viking helmet and some of the coolest bike-riding children in town. Our LA River Ride Director JJ Hoffman recalled LACBC’s history of involvement with the LA River Path, highlighting the 2006 River Ride when participants sent postcards to the Mayor in support of extending the path. Then we rode on along the Glendale Narrows portion of the path, welcomed by the quacks of some very vocal ducks and the sounds of one rider’s river-appropriate tunes blasting from his bike’s speakers.

The expo was bristling with activity from both bicyclists and pedestrians; we estimate that about 200 people came. KCET Departures captured people’s stories for their LA River StoryShare Initiative. If you haven’t checked out their website, we highly recommend it; they also have some great photos of the event. Then we all gathered for the dedication ceremony to hear several people, including Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge and our very own JJ Hoffman, to talk about the importance of this path. After the ribbon was cut, Jesus, the 13-year-old winner of a SPECIALIZED bike from LACBC, led bicyclists and pedestrians to explore the extension together.

Council Members Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge use comically large scissors for the LA River Path extension ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo: Arsen Melikyan

To folks who ride bikes who are reading this: please remember that this is a shared-use path and that bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. Take the moment to slow down, say hello to your fellow human beings, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this often misunderstood river. You won’t regret it.

The opening of this path extension holds a special place in my heart. Though there is a misconception that the path is only recreational, it actually connects my bike and me from my home in Glendale to the LACBC offices in downtown LA. Also, it is mostly through this path that I’ve learned to appreciate the Glendale Narrows portion of the river. Growing up in Glendale, I had often passed by the river from the confines of my car, but within the past few years I’ve begun to bike the path and notice how much wildlife thrives here. Biking and walking the river are really two of the best ways to understand the river (although now that it’s been declared navigable, I can’t wait to kayak it).

While some Angelenos tend to overlook and neglect the LA River, the people who use the path–bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, skateboarders, skaters, etc.–have a keen awareness of the Glendale Narrows’ quirks, both pleasant and alarming. We notice when the water level changes, how the birds will incorporate trash into their nests, when the carp start spawning and splashing around, how the river sparkles the week after La Gran Limpieza. We’ve noticed how this Elysian Valley portion of the path used to be uninviting and isolated, save for the birds. But in the last few months, we’ve experienced how, to borrow a phrase from Jane Jacobs, we now have more “eyes upon the path,” making the area both safer and livelier. Even though the path hasn’t been officially open during this time, I’ve seen parents teaching their children to ride bikes, families out for walks, people fishing, artists painting the landscape, musicians playing their guitars, and even the occasional teenage couple making out (oh, young love!). This section of the river has been given new life.

Thank you to those who have given the river path new life. Thank you to Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Ed Reyes, and Tom LaBonge, as well as their deputies Mitch O’Farrell and Lupe Vela. Thank you to LADOT and Michelle Mowery. And thank you to all of you who have advocated for path improvements, to those of you who ride and walk the path, and to those of you who will be riding and walking the path soon.



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:

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 .

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