Go Metro to CicLAvia on April 6 and save 15% on official T-shirts

untitled

Enjoy a car-free day on Wilshire Boulevard at CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard this Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to car traffic between Downtown L.A. and Fairfax Avenue for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy.

Getting to CicLAvia is easy via Metro Rail — there are four Red or Purple Line stations along or very close to Wilshire (7th/Metro Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Western) and both the Blue Line and Expo Line also serve 7th/Metro Center. Riders can also transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station from the Gold Line — or ride deeper into downtown via city streets and bike lanes. Bicyclists who want to get to CicLAvia by Metro should review Metro’s bike rules.

Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Orange County Line trains. Take Metrolink to Union Station and transfer to the Metro Red/Purple Line, or ride your bike directly from Union Station to Wilshire (click for Downtown Los Angeles bike map).

The best part about going Metro to CicLAvia? Saving money on merch! Just show your valid TAP card at the MacArthur Park hub to save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts.

Finally, if you’re heading to CicLAvia, drop by and visit Metro’s booth and mock subway car — look for it near LACMA. Metro staff will be there with plenty of information about Metro’s current bus and rail offerings as well as the Purple Line Extension project. It is also the gathering point for all Metro employees participating in the CicLAvia Challenge! Be there at 9 a.m. for the team photo.

Show CicLAvia some love and get a free pin!

More details about the April 6 route will be posted here, at The Source, next week. Until then, join us in coveting these little blue guys!

Join us in coveting these little blue guys! Best part? They’re FREE.

If you’re a fan of CicLAvia, you probably already know that L.A.’s beloved celebration of all things alternate transportation returns April 6, with a route that will transform Iconic Wilshire Boulevard into a totally car-free–and completely bike/ped-friendly–environment.

What you may not know is that CicLAvia is currently giving away FREE PINS to those who pledge their support online.

Simply provide your name, address, and email (uncheck the box if you don’t want to receive notifications), and a pin will be mailed to your house or office, while supplies last. Wear it with pride whenever you want to show your love and appreciation for CicLAvia (in other words before, during, and after the event day…)

More details about the April 6 route will be posted here, at The Source, next week.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – “Rio” Jill Contreras, committed to empowering cyclists through community rides, workshops, and more!

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: “Rio” Jill Contreras
  • Distance: Long Commute (5 miles or more)
  • Commuting Features: Traffic-congestion and multi-modality

Since the age of 8, Rio dreamed of being a bike mechanic. Ten years later, at the age of 18, Rio got involved, as a first time mechanic, with the bicycle library, a community bike co-op, in Arcata, California. There e (e, em, eir, eirs, are Rio’s gender pronouns, as oppose to she or he) learned the details of being a mechanic, business savvy, and a lot about advocacy–skills e has carried with eir today.

riojill_contreras_speaking

Rio, talking to the crowd at one of the events.

The following year Rio moved to Oakland, Cycles of Change’s hometown, where e got a job as a bicycle educator for an after school bike club. It was a hands-on learning experience, and e taught bike safety and commuting in addition to an array of topics under environmental and social justice. During that time, e also traveled around California visiting bicycle coalitions, organizations, and co-ops such as Cycles of Change, where e worked hard coordinating many of their bike education programs.

Continue reading

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.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – President and CEO of the East Side Riders Bike Club, dedicating his life to family, community and social justice

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!

John Jones III has served as President and CEO of the East Side Riders Bike Club for more than six years. However, his work around the Watts community goes back much longer than that.

John Jones III, joined by community members in what seems to be a fun day of activities!

John Jones III, joined by community members in what seems to be a fun day of activities!

It was hard to resist featuring John Jones III as the first winner for this year’s Golden Pedal Awards. Jones was very surprised when he found out that he was being honored due to his extensive service to building communities around Los Angeles County through active living and cultural exchange.

Jones’ connection to Watts and its surrounding communities started when he began working for the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). He has also worked as a field deputy for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino.

“It is through my work with ESRBC that I was able to grow and learn how to channel my passion and desire for cycling to see the community be a safer, healthier, and all around better place,” Jones said.

Some of the events Jones and his club have organized include Ride 4 Love, Tour De Watts and CicLAvia, in addition to ESRBC Thanksgiving and Christmas givebacks.

Jones is known for seeing everyone in the community as his family and he is devoted to reaching out and demonstrating that everyone can make things better by working together.

Thank you, John Jones III, for working towards strengthening communities around Los Angeles through active living and cultural exchange! With help from our generous Bike Week sponsors, he will receive a Bike Week LA bag with a Nathan safety vest, Cliff Bars, Patch Kits, Bike Maps, and Every Lane is Bike Lane bumper stickers to share with his community.

Please visit EastSideRiders.org to learn more about Jones and the club. Also look for upcoming events!

Metro’s Open Streets Program Workshop

Photos by Aaron Paley

Metro hosted an Open Streets workshop on Wednesday that featured speakers from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Over 80 people attended the event that focused on the planning and implementation of Open Streets programs.

Open streets are events which temporarily close the streets to automobiles and open them up to people to re-imagine and experience their streets while walking, biking, rollerblading or pushing a stroller in a car-free environment. The goals of the program are to encourage sustainable modes of transportation (biking, walking and transit), provide an opportunity to take transit for the first time and foster civic engagement.

The Metro Board of Directors approved the Open Streets Program in September 2014, including up to $2 million annually for open street events in Los Angeles County. The money will be distributed through a competitive grant application process.

The Metro Open Streets Program application is now available to cities to apply for grant funding by clicking here. The deadline to apply online is Friday, March 14, 2014.

“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.