On Saturday, May 10 Metro will sponsor the “Old Roots, New Routes” bicycle ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club. This ride will be part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO!) celebration. The event will celebrate Temple City’s streetscape redesign of Rosemead Boulevard, a project partially funded by Metro’s Call for Projects. The redesign transforms the city’s main commercial corridor into a vibrant community destination featuring new sidewalks, canopy trees, public art and Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks.
Cycle tracks provide space that is intended to be exclusively used by bicyclists. This space is separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes and sidewalks by a physical barrier. By separating bicyclists from motor vehicles, cycle tracks offer an increased level of safety and make bicycling attractive to a larger share of the population.
Ride participants will have an opportunity to practice riding on the newly-implemented cycle tracks while exploring Temple City’s past, present and future. This ride will make one stop at Temple City Park for an open-air museum exhibit curated by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: Meet at 10:30 am, ride will leave promptly at 11 am and return by 12 pm
Where: Rosemead Blvd. (between Las Tunas & Broadway) Temple City 91780
Accessible by: Metro buses 78, 79, 266, 378, 487 and 489
As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is under four miles and will return to the festival in time for participants to enjoy the remaining festivities.
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 eight should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.
About the organizers:
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.
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 close to $200 million in bicycle infrastructure improvements over the last 20 years, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.
Eastside Bike Club (ESBC) is a family friendly community bike club in Northeast Los Angeles founded n June 2008 by Carlos Morales with eight members. At the time, Morales weighed 400 lbs. and credits cycling for saving his life. The group has grown to over 400 members and supporters of all ages and abilities. ESBC holds weekly rides and offers a bike safety education program. Morales has pursued his passion for bicycling; he is now the owner of Stan’s Bike Shop in Monrovia, CA in the San Gabriel Valley. His work’s focus is on changing peoples’ lives by creating a chain reaction one mile at a time.