On Saturday, November 16th, Metro sponsored the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. This ride was the 6th in a series of 20 bicycle ride, which will rotate around different neighborhoods in Los Angeles County to increase bicycle ridership by providing opportunities to bike locally.
The weekend ride attracted 68 participants who met in Dearborn Park and visited famous Northridge and Granada Hills eateries. Stops included The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design. At each location, riders were greeted by friendly business owners who shared their family histories and offered riders a taste of home-made products.
As with all the C.I.C.L.E.-led rides in this series, Saturday’s ride was family-friendly, leisurely paced, and fully supported by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. And as usual, safe bicycling etiquette and rules of the road were reviewed to ensure smooth riding for people of all ages and skill levels. As a result, multiple families joined the ride sporting bicycles with attached child seats and trailers, as well as detached childrens’ bikes.
Metro started these rides in May 2013 to complement Metro’s bicycle safety efforts, such as bicycle traffic skills classes and the “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” educational campaign. The goal of these rides is to encourage local bicycling trips by people of all bicycling abilities. 40% of all trips trips are two miles or less, yet 90% of those trips are made in a car. These are trips that can easily be made on a bicycle. Encouraging local riding will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as serve as a first-last mile connection to transit. Bicycling can bridge that gap to provide more transportation options to communities across Los Angeles County.
The next Metro-sponsored C.I.C.L.E. ride will take place in January.