How was your Made in LA bike ride?

Photos by Lily Allen/Metro

This past Saturday was the Made in LA bike ride, and hundreds turned out to enjoy a great morning out!

Were you out there? Tweet us your photos or tag us on Instagram @metrolosangeles! And keep your bikes in good shape for the upcoming CicLAvia!

Reminder: Made in LA bike ride is tomorrow along the Los Angeles River

The photos above are from earlier bike rides led by Metro and C.I.C.L.E. Photos by Erial Tompkins.

From Rubina Ghazarian in Metro’s Countywide Planning and Bicycle Program:

The “Made in LA” Los Angeles River Bike Ride will explore Cypress Park and the Los Angeles River bike path tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21. The ride will be led by C.I.C.L.E. and the LA River Revitalization Corporation. Riders will meet at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, near the Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station, at 10:30 am. The ride will depart at 11 am. Participants will ride 8 miles roundtrip, visiting three local businesses that produce products made by and for Angelenos, before returning to the starting point at 1:00 pm.

Some background on the ride:

In May 2013, Metro announced a partnership with Cyclists Inciting Change Thru LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) to sponsor 20 community bicycle rides throughout neighborhoods in Los Angeles County over a two-year period. To date, three rides have taken place and three more are scheduled.

​The inaugural “Bikes, Baseball and Dodgers Blue Ride” was held on May 11th. It kicked off Bike Week L.A. 2013 and the partnership between Metro and CICLE with a 5-mile roundtrip ride from Union Station to Dodgers Stadium. The hill was steep, but all bicyclists including children, were able to climb the gradual incline. At the top, participants were greeted by Tommy Lasorda, led on an exclusive stadium tour, and treated to a Dodgers victory.

​The second ride, “Bike Path Beach Bash to Marina Del Rey” took place on June 29th, a scorching hot weekend. Despite the weather, a group of 80 bicyclists of all ages including children and doggie trailers congregated at the Culver City Expo Line station and rode 12-miles roundtrip along the Ballona Creek Path to Marina del Rey.

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Reminder: Made in LA Ride III this Saturday!

Take a ride by the river! Photo: Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp.

Take a ride by the river! Photo: Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp.

Pickles, surfboards and all things bikes! Enjoy a ride along the L.A. River and learn about places that manufacture and create goodies in L.A. at the next Metro sponsored, C.I.C.L.E. led bike ride “Made in LA” along the L.A. River.

The free bike ride meets at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. The meeting location is accessible from the Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station or Metro Bus 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751. Use Trip Planner for more options.

Here’s the full press release from C.I.C.L.E.:

On Saturday, September 21, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Made in LA” along the LA River. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through and around Cypress Park and expose riders to businesses that make products right here in Los Angeles. Participants will visit Grain Surfboards, Kruegermann Pickle Factory and swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Cyclists can see, taste and experience products made for and by Angelenos!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point at the end of the evening. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is under 8 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens
570 W. Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Neighborhood: Cypress Park

Accessible by Metro Rail and Metro buses: Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro bus lines 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751. Plan your trip at metro.net.

Special note: Meet in the front parking lot. Weddings will be taking place in the gardens. Please be respectful of other users of the property.

What to bring: Bring water, a 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 C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

About Metro Los Angeles: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of CICLE events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.

About the LA River Revitalization Corporation: LA River Corp is a non-profit venture charged with catalyzing responsible real estate and related economic development along the L.A. River. Our mission is to transform the L.A. River to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable land use projects, advocacy for river friendly policy, and programs for community benefit. Our major campaign, Greenway 2020, works with public and private partners to complete a continuous 51-mile Greenway along the L.A. River by the year 2020.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – a bicyclist who helps build bike lanes

During Bike Week LA, we collected nominations for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a weekly 'Why You Ride' series – because for many Angelenos, every week is Bike Week!

Jon Overman was nominated for a Golden Pedal Award by LADOT colleague Rick Gutierrez for his work on a successful $2.4-million grant proposal to build 43 miles of bike lanes in Los Angeles. Rick wrote: “Not only does Jon commute to UCLA and downtown LA by bike or bike and transit every day, he is working to make sure all Angelenos can safely commute by bike.”

Name: Jon Overman
Start: Venice
End: UCLA and downtown LA
Distance: 7 miles (UCLA), 15 miles (downtown LA)
Time: 35 minutes (UCLA), 75 minutes (downtown LA)

Jon stands with his commuter bicycle. He is wearing a white helmet. His bike has a front bakset that he uses the carry a backpack.

Jon and his commuter bike. He originally built it for his wife and thoughtfully included a front rack and internal hub gear. Nice helmet! Photo courtesy of Jon Overman.

Jon graduated from UCLA with his master’s in public policy earlier this summer. Outreach and design phases of the bikeways that he helped secure funding for will begin to appear soon — keep an eye out!

After the jump, Jon shares his bike commute tips with us.

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Save the date! Upcoming bike rides with CICLE

Get ready to ride! Photo: CICLE Official Facebook

Get ready to ride! Photo: CICLE Official Facebook

More guided bicycle rides are scheduled for this fall, mark them down on your calendars now! All rides are free and open to the public. The rides are sponsored by Metro and led by CICLE. Explore a new neighborhood, discover a new route and meet other cyclists at one or all of the fall rides:

Saturday, September 21The Made in LA Ride III: LA River Edition
Meet at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens at 10:30 a.m. (near Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station)
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m. and returns to the starting point at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 20The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
Meeting place TBD at 10:30 a.m.
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m. and returns to the starting point at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 16The Northridge Diners & Delis Ride
Meeting TBD at 10:30 a.m.
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m. and returns to the starting point at 1:30 p.m.

Metro sponsored rides provide an opportunity to bicycle to fun destinations and emphasize riding comfortably and lawfully with traffic, riding safely in a group, and becoming acquainted with bikeways and bike-transit options in Los Angeles County. CICLE rides are leisurely, family-friendly and led by fully-supportive and trained Ride Leaders and volunteers.

Want to brush up on bike traffic safety before riding out? Metro offers free traffic safety skills classes through September. Reservations are required, so make sure to sign up before the classes are full!

For a full schedule of events and list of available traffic safety classes, visit the Bike Metro events page.

Skidrow Studios features Metro on “Los Angeles Nista” Internet radio show

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Eddie Solis hosts “Los Angeles Nista” Internet radio program.

Skidrow Studios host Eddie Solis invited a couple guests from Metro’s media staff, including yours truly, for the 60th episode of “Los Angeles Nista,” an Internet radio program produced in Downtown L.A. covering history, culture, music, art, and the “car-free” lifestyle.

The show was recorded last week and covers a smattering of Metro topics, including bicycling, I-405 construction, and public transit services to popular events and sports venues.

The program airs Monday nights from 9 p.m. to 11pm. Listeners can get the Skidrow Studios app from the iTunes Store or on Stitcher for Android devices.

Listen to Los Angeles Nista’s 60th episode here. 

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – turning a two hour car commute into a five min bike ride

During Bike Week LA, we collected nominations for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a weekly Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, every week is Bike Week!

Alan Kwan’s commute to work was 25 miles long and took anywhere from 35 to 120 minutes driving alone. Fed up, he decided to move down the street from his office. Now he bikes to work in five minutes or less every morning.

Start: Santa Monica
End: Santa Monica
Distance: 1 mile (one way)
Time: 5 minutes (one way)

Alan holding his fixed gear bicycle over his head.

Alan holds his fixed gear bike triumphantly after cutting his commute down to five minutes. The front and back lights recharge via USB. Note the very important brakes! Photo courtesy of Alan Kwan.

After the jump, Alan tells us why he bikes and shares tips on how to get your employer to chip in for bicycle perks.

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