Let’s face it.
CicLAvia outweighs everything else this weekend. And we’ve got a long list of links to prove it, in no particular order.
Repeating from my last post, Joel Epstein says he’s longing for CicLAvia in an insightful HuffPo piece, linking Sunday’s event with the fight against obesity and diabetes, and fellow HuffPo writer Aaron Paley says it’s about overthrowing the tyranny of the automobile.
Long-time L.A. bike advocate and LACBC co-founder Ron Milam sees CicLAvia as the next step in the history of efforts to make the city friendlier to cyclists. LACBC offers photos from Friday’s press conference. KNBC-4 says our streets, no cars and lots of bikes — and free, too — while Fritz Coleman tours the CicLAvia route with a helmet cam. Militant Angeleno offers an epic tour of CicLAvia sites. Brand X says CicLAvia is on a roll.
Annenberg Radio News reports on the second coming of CicLAvia. Will Campbell calls it CicLAviawesome. KPCC says car-free streets are back and offers a list of road closures and crossing points. March to support rail in Los Angeles on car-free L.A. streets. You’ll find great food throughout the CicLAvia route. Good offers advice on how to play in the street. The Daily News offers an overview, and San Diego offers an alternative.
South L.A. cyclists can ride in on the proposed route for a future CicLAvia in their own neighborhood. LACBC affiliate Santa Monica Spoke will host a ride in from the Santa Monica Pier; I’ll be joining in as they pass through Century City. C.I.C.L.E. will ride in from South Pasadena, and other feeder routes will flow in from throughout the city. Metro offers advice on getting there by transit.
In case you find yourself bike challenged on Sunday, Flying Pigeon is offering rental bikes. Bikerowave is closing down on Sunday for CicLAvia; meanwhile, the Bicycle Kitchen is open extended hours to serve CicLAvia riders. Damien Newton says he’ll see you there.
The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show takes place this weekend through Sunday at Golden Hall in San Diego, 3rd Ave and B Street. Single day admission is $15; a four-day pass including professional workshops on Thursday, April 7th is $45.
Celebrate CicLAvia eve with T-Shirt Revival Night with artist Kelly Thompson on Saturday, April 9th from 7 to 10 pm at Outpost HQ, 1268 N. Ave 50 in Los Angeles; have a sharrow symbol silkscreened on the item of your choice for just $6.
Evidently, the night before CicLAvia is dedicated to art, with the 5th Anniversary Spoke(n) Art Ride rolling at 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 9th from the Flying Pigeon Bike Shop, 3714 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.
If you’re in San Diego for the bike show, don’t miss the 3rd annual Gran Fondo Colnago Sunday the 10th, with rides of 60 and 105 miles.
Get a head start on CicLAvia on Sunday, April 10th with the 2011 edition of Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer, a 10 stage race up some of the city’s steepest hills. Competitors will assemble at 7:45 am at the intersection of Sunset and Griffith Park Blvds; maybe Lance will be up for the challenge. Or not.
On Tuesday, April 12th, People for Bikes will celebrate their 210,000 pledges to support cycling with a video shoot in Downtown L.A. Called Bikes Make Life Better, it will offer a massive light show using stationary projectors as well as some mounted on bikes to transform streets and buildings into massive bike-themed animations. You’re invited to bring your bike and join in with free food and music from local DJs, from 7 – 10 pm at the corner of 5th and Olive, across from the Pershing Square Metro Station.
Keep the post-CicLAvia good bike feelings going on Thursday, April 14th with Bike Night at the Hammer Museum, starting at 7 pm at 10899 Wilshire Blvd in Westwood. Free admission, free food, drinks and screenings of the 1986 BMX classic Rad.
Celebrate tax day with the second annual Streetsblog fundraiser at Eco-Village on Friday, April 15th from 6 to 10 pm at 117 Bimini Place; suggested donation is $20, but L.A. Streetsblog editor Damien Newton says no one will be turned away.
The Culver City Bicycle Coalition hosts a special Family Ride on Saturday, April 16th to tour the bicycle and pedestrian improvements planned for the Safe Routes to School grant recently awarded to Linwood Howe Elementary School; riders meet at Town Plaza near the Culver Hotel at 10 am. with the ride starting at 10:30 or 11.
Saturday, April 16th, C.I.C.L.E. invites you to join in on the Lorax Ride II to celebrate Earth Day and Pasadena’s greener side; ride begins and ends at Pasadena Memorial Park, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Sunday, April 17th, join in the races, or watch the racers go by at the L.A. Circuit Race at Los Angeles International Airport, open to riders from beginners through Masters and Elite categories. The race takes place on the north side of LAX on what is described as a fast, challenging course; direction and sign-up information on the link above.
Thursday, April 28th, help craft the Glendale Bikeway Master Plan at the first community meeting for the updated plan. The meeting will be held at the Glendale Central Library, 222 East Harvard Street from 6 pm to 9 pm.
The Antelope Valley Conservancy sponsors the 16th Annual Antelope Valley Ride on Saturday, May 7th with rides of 20, 30 and 60 miles; check-in begins at 7 am at George Lane Park, 5520 West Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill.
The annual Long Beach Bicycle Festival takes place on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th in Downtown Long Beach. The festivities include the Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 14th with rides of 4, 31 and 61 miles to benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
L.A.’s 17th annual Bike Week takes place May 16th through the 20th, with an emphasis on bike safety education, and events throughout the city. This year’s Blessing of the Bicycles will take place as part of Bike Week from 8 to 9:30 am on May 17th at Downtown’s Good Samaritan Hospital, 616 S. Witmer Street. And Metro is looking for Bike Buddies to guide inexperienced cyclists on Bike to Work Day.
The San Diego Century ride takes place on Saturday, May 21st with rides of 37, 66 or 103 miles, starting in Encinitas, along with free admission to an expo featuring sports, local cuisine and live music.
L.A.’s favorite fundraiser ride rolls on June with the 11th Annual River Ride; advance registration is open now. Volunteers are needed now and on the day of the ride, email RRvolunteer@la-bike.org for more info and to sign up.
The next two CicLAvias will take place on July 10th and October 9th.
And mark your calendar for the 2011 L.A. edition of the Tour de Fat on October 9th; unfortunately, Yom Kippur also falls on that date this year, so cyclists of the Jewish Persuasion will have to choose between atoning and having something else to atone for.
It may soon be legal to carry your kids in a bakfiets in L.A. It’s time for UCLA to take off the training wheels and truly become bike friendly. Riding on the sidewalk may be legal, but that doesn’t mean it’s popular — or safe, for that matter. The Wilbur road diet heads to a compromise conclusion that isn’t likely to please anyone. A blind California man uses echolocation to ride his bike. As the recent experience in Japan shows, your bike could be a vital part of your disaster kit.
Modern day futurists see a bright future for bicycles. Six steps to beginning zen bicycling. An biking undercover cop and the driver who nearly ran him down kiss and make up. Fourteen days in jail for hitting a Kansas cyclist in a road rage incident. Marian University looks to take over a formerly world-class Indiana Velodrome. Bike lanes are coming to Philly, and he doesn’t seem happy about it. A Twitter based backlash causes a Carolina TV station to pull a story blaming the victims in a bike crash. It only takes a split second to take — or spare — a life.
A new taillight provides GPS tracking for your bike. Insurance company research says a lack of bike lanes put cyclists at risk; we could have told them that. Bikes are back on London’s South Bank. Budget cutbacks put Brit cops on bikes and in specialist lubricated underwear. The Guardian asks what do you do with a loved, but worn out bike? Looking forward to this weekend’s Queen of the Classics; a legendary four-time winner says Cancellara will be the one to tie his record. Evidently, hit-and-run is considered professional behavior for Aussie attorneys. It’s Bike Week, or weekend anyway, in Phuket. South Koreans get paid to commute by bike.
Finally, the family of Adam Rybicki, the cyclist critically injured by an alleged underage, DUI driver on Sunday, has created a CaringBridge website to track his progress.
See you at CicLAvia!