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.

Cycling adventures in L.A. – Tweed Ride Photos

Enjoying the sunny weather!

Enjoying the sunny weather!

Photos by Jeff Thrasher

Every Tuesday, The Source will highlight some of the many adventures Angelenos have with their bikes. So don’t forget to take your camera with you before you start pedaling throughout Los Angeles!

Last week, we mentioned of the Tweed Ride presented by C.I.C.L.E., where cyclists from all across Los Angeles gathered together, sporting both vintage clothing and bicycles for a great sunny weekend ride. The event had a great turnout and was a smashing success, as evident by the many smiling mustached faces of those who partook in the ride. Continue below to see more pictures taken by our fellow cyclist, Jeff Thrasher.

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Cycling Adventures In L.A.: Tweed Ride Jan. 19

Tweed ride cyclists at Union Station

Bringing back Yesteryear: cyclists at 2009 Tweed ride which started at Union Station.

One of the funnest and most unique bike rides in L.A., the Tweed Ride is a hoot for a everyone interested in dressing up in old tymey garb and riding classic bicycles (or not). Here’s the press release for this Saturday’s ride in North Hollywood:

C.I.C.L.E. Presents: Urban Ex! Tweed, Moxie & Mustache Ride!

Dress in your finest to roll through history for C.I.C.L.E.’s North Hollywood Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride on Saturday, January 19th!

The ride will begin at Valley Village Park and will make two stops. The first stop will include an introduction and tour at SPARC’s The Great Wall of Los Angeles, one of Los Angeles’ true cultural landmarks. Curated by Judith Baca, the Great Wall is a half-mile long mural of the region’s vibrant history of struggle and resistance. Next, the ride will continue on to El Portal Theater, a historic landmark in the heart of North Hollywood. Originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, this site will be a perfect photo opportunity for riders dressed in their best tweed! You won’t want to miss this exciting historic ride! C.I.C.L.E. will be raffling a New Belgium Brewing Beach Cruiser and will give out awards for best-dressed, best mustache and best hat! Please bring cash for the raffle. As with all Urban Expeditions, this ride is under 8 miles, family-friendly, and leisurely paced.

After the ride, participants are welcome to join C.I.C.L.E. for an after party at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood.

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Where: Meet at Valley Village Park, 200 Westpark Drive, North Hollywood, California 91601

When: Meet at 10:00am. Ride Leaves promptly at 10:30am.

What to bring: Bring water, snack and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but 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.

About SPARC: SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting, and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. SPARC remains committed to helping individual communities find their voice, giving it public expression, and to breaking down barriers both real and perceived between communities. SPARC is located in the Old Venice Police Station at 685 Venice Bl, Venice, CA 90291. For more information visit sparcmurals.org or call 310-822-9560.


Cycling adventures in L.A. – Climbing Palos Verdes

Enjoying the ocean view from Palos Verdes

Enjoying the ocean view from Palos Verdes

Photo by Jonathan Osorio

Every Tuesday, The Source will highlight some of the many adventures Angelenos have with their bikes. So don’t forget to take your camera with you before you start pedaling throughout Los Angeles!

For this week’s featured cycling adventure, we feature Jonathan and his fellow group of riders. With a total of 15 cyclists, the group began their journey from La Brea and Rodeo, and from there ventured south to Palos Verdes for a fun climb. During the journey south, the group faced cold and tough headwinds, forcing them to make a stop at Hermosa Pier for a regroup.

After regrouping, the journey continued for the 15 riders, and soon they found themselves climbing the beautiful hills of Palos Verdes, where at one point they stopped to take the amazing photo above onlooking the Pacific Ocean from a cliff. The journey was in total distance, a grand 66 miles, and even with strong winds and cold temperatures, Jonathan states, “the view at Palos Verdes was well worth the mission.”

Great ride Jonathan and thank you for sharing your adventure!

Want to submit your own cycling adventure in Los Angeles County? Email us the photo at sourcemetro@gmail.comtweet us @BikeMetro or post the photo to our Flickr group (in the description please give us permission to use it on The Source) — we’re especially interested in adventures that involve using transit for part of the journey. Safe Riding!

Cycling adventures in L.A. – New Year’s Eve Group Ride

Posing in front of the USS Iowa

Posing in front of the USS Iowa

Photo by Khoren Edward Mirzakhanian

Every Tuesday, The Source will highlight some of the many adventures Angelenos have with their bikes. So don’t forget to take your camera with you before you start pedaling throughout Los Angeles!

For this week, we share a photo by Khoren, who took part in a large group ride on New Year’s Eve with two of top Los Angeles based cycling groups: Wolfpack Hustle and Cyclones. The ride started around downtown Los Angeles and stopped at San Pedro, where the group posed in front of the USS Iowa before heading to the nearby San Pedro Fish Market to grab a well deserved lunch. Yum! What a way to start the new year!

Want to submit your own cycling adventure in Los Angeles County? Email us the photo at sourcemetro@gmail.comtweet us @BikeMetro or post the photo to our Flickr group (in the description please give us permission to use it on The Source) — we’re especially interested in adventures that involve using transit for part of the journey. Safe Riding!