Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Javier Partida, a mentor for the youth in the Watts community

We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly ‘Why You Ride’ series because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!

  • Name: Javier Partida (JP)
  • Origin and destination: From Century/Wilmington to 103/Success
  • Distance: Short (Less than 1 mile)
  • Type of commute: Clever commute
  • The commuter: Converted commuter (for new riders)

Thank you, John Jones III of East Side Riders BC, for nominating JP for the Golden Pedal Awards! Your participation is important!

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JP and a community member testing one of the low rider bikes.

JP is known as the fearless leader of Los Ryderz BC in Watts. Along with the East Side Riders, they make up the United Riders of South LA, a group formed to unite the new bicycle riders and clubs in the South LA region. JP works closely with at-risk youths in Watts and spends most of his time outside work mentoring them. Continue reading

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Kasia Bohos finds happiness in bicycling

We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly Why you Ride series because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!

  • Name: Kasia Bohos
  • Origin and destination: From West Hollywood to Culver City
  • Distance: Long commute (5 miles or more)
  • Type of commute: Traffic-congested commute
  • The commuter: Converted commuter (for new riders); chic commuter (riding with flair); and zealous commuter (encouraging others to try pedaling to school or work)

Thank you, Anna Martin of LA Brakeless bike shop, for nominating Kasia for the Golden Pedal Awards! Your participation is important!

Kasia seems to be having a fun time on the bike!

Kasia seems to be having a fun time on her bicycle… Go Kasia!

When Kasia entered LA Brakeless about six months ago, she admitted to being a bike novice and was shy about her lack of knowledge. The bike shop staff set her up with an entry-level bicycle and the necessary accessories. A few weeks later, Kasia bounced back in and told them that she had started biking to and from work every day and was now barely using her car. Kasia said she had never felt better and was seeing things on her way to work that she had not noticed when she was driving.

Kasia was so excited about her new-found love of biking that she sent countless co-workers to the store and prompted her employer to put up a bicycle rack for employees in the parking lot. The staff at LA Brakeless nominated Kasia for a Golden Pedal because they love to see the lives of people in their community touched by cycling in such a positive way. In their own words, “Kasia was touched by cycling and spread that love to many, many people.”

With help from our generous Bike Week LA sponsors, Kasia will receive a Bike Week LA T-shirt, bike patch kits, ankle straps, bike maps, Metro Bike Guides, and “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” bumper stickers.

Click here to read more about Kasia’s cycling experience!

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Vanessa Gray, C.I.C.L.E’s new executive director!

We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly Why you Ride series because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!

  • Name: Vanessa Gray.
  • Origin and destination: From Silver Lake to destinations around Hollywood and Downtown L.A.
  • Distance: Short and medium commute – Vanessa rides anywhere from 3 to 10 miles each way.
  • Type of commute: A combination of multi-modal and clever commute.
  • The commuter: Seasoned (she’s been doing this a while); chic (riding with flair); and zealous (encouraging others to try pedaling to school or work).
Vanessa Gray, new Executive Director of C.I.C.L.E accompanied by her cute doggy and awesome vintage bike.

Vanessa Gray, new Executive Director of C.I.C.L.E accompanied by her cute dog and awesome vintage bike.

The Bike Week LA team is thrilled to give Vanessa Gray the July Golden Pedal Award.

Vanessa is known for living and breathing the bicycle lifestyle. She’s out riding in style on her vintage Bridgestone bicycle practically every day. She is a true role model and example when it comes to showing everyone that one can use a bicycle to get around town and look good while doing it!

Vanessa recently became C.I.C.L.E.’s new executive director. We’re sure she will work hard to further the organization’s mission to promote bicycling as a viable and everyday form of transportation.

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Ride your bicycle for love on Saturday, Feb. 15

"Ride 4 Love" will stop at the iconic Watts Towers. Photo: Ryan Dickey via Flickr Creative Commons

“Ride 4 Love” will stop at the iconic Watts Towers. Photo: Ryan Dickey via Flickr Creative Commons

Forget the traffic horror of Jamzilla and head to “Ride 4 Love,” the East Side Riders Bike Club led bicycle ride that will explore the changes in Watts on Saturday, Feb. 15. The ride will be sponsored by Metro and supported by C.I.C.L.E.

Meet at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee center (10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles) at 9:30 a.m.; the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. The meeting location is accessible via Metro Bus 53, 55, 117, 120, 202, 355, Dash Watts, Metro Blue Line 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station and Metro Green Line Avalon Station.

“Ride 4 Love” is free and open to all cyclists and will make three stops at Watts community projects, housing developments and the iconic Watts Towers. “Ride 4 Love” is an annual event started by The East Side Riders Bike Club.  ESRBC is an all-volunteer, grassroots bicycle club founded in 2008. The purpose of the ESR is to prevent youth from joining gangs and/or taking drugs, but also to engage youth who have a desire to enrich the community through recreational activities, specifically focusing on bicycle riding.

The ride is 10 miles. Prior to the ride, safe street riding and group ride etiquette will be addressed to ensure smooth sailing. Riders are encouraged to bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. All participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

“Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” Bicycle Ride a Dandy Success

More than 300 participants dressed in their finest tweed and joined the Metro-sponsored C.I.C.L.E. bicycle ride last Saturday, January 18. The Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches Bicycle Ride convened at the Highland Park Metro Gold Line Station and visited historic landmarks in the Highland Park neighborhood on bicycle. Stops included stained glass manufacturer Judson Studios, the historic Lummis House, and the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Check out our video!

Metro/C.I.C.L.E. rides provide an opportunity to comfortably practice riding a bike within the safety of a group, become acquainted with bikeways, and reach local destinations by bike in Los Angeles County. This program helps implement the Board-adopted 2006 Metro Bicycle Transportation Strategic Plan policy to promote bicycling as a legitimate and healthy mode of transportation by providing leadership in building partnerships, funding, and resources for marketing bicycle use. This particular ride had the highest participation to date and was well attended by families and bicyclists of all experiences. The next Metro/C.I.C.L.E ride will take place in Watts on Saturday, February 15, so mark your calendars.

New video shows that L.A. River Ride this Sunday looks like fun

Here’s a video teaser for the LA River Ride this Sunday, June 9, starting at 7 a.m. It could be a great day out. Start and finish are in Griffith Park near the Autry Center. Rides range from 100 miles to a little kids’ ride (no miles). Live music, food etc. But there’s a parking alert. Due to massive construction in Griffith Park, parking will be severaly limited. Metro Local Line 96 stops a short ride from the starting line. Why fight it when you can ride it?

March for Meals on Two Wheels

Photo from C.I.C.L.E. LA's Official Facebook

Photo from C.I.C.L.E. LA’s Official Facebook

Volunteer to deliver meals by bike this Thursday morning with March for Meals on Two Wheels. Meals on Wheels West will be partnering with C.I.C.L.E.Santa Monica SPOKE and Sustainable Streets/SM Bike Center as part of a national campaign through Meals On Wheels Association of America.

Volunteers will deliver meals to homebound community members by bicycle at this special event. This fuel-free alternative to delivering meals is a great opportunity to highlight Santa Monica as a bike-friendly city while supporting MOWW services to reduce hunger and isolation in the community.

EVENT DATE:  Thursday, March 21, 2013

TIME:  Arrive 10:00 a.m.
Meal Delivery 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: 1823 A Michigan Avenue
                    Santa Monica, 90404
Easy parking available at FAME church lot at the end of Michigan Avenue just east of
office

Please RSVP with Ellen Rabin through email at ERabin@MealsOnWheelsWest.org or by phone 310-394-5133 x 6 if you’re interested in participating.

Be a part of March for Meals to demonstrate support for senior services and increase awareness of the growing incidence of senior hunger in our community. If you are unavailable March 21, you can arrange to deliver meals another day at your convenience.