South LA Peace Love and Family Ride, closing of Passable Atlas, and Long Beach Sunday Funday

Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK.

Bike Long Beach hosts Bike Saturdays every weekend; ride your bike to participating local shops and business throughout the city to get special offers and discounts.

The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each even-numbered month; the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th at the Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall Community Room, 6501 Fountain Ave.

CD4 Council Member Tom LaBonge hosts his annual Tour LaBonge each Wednesday through August 17th.

Today, July 6th, the South L.A. Peace, Love and Family Ride for Childhood Obesity rolls from the corner of Manchester and Vermont at 8:30 am, with a family-friendly fair from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

On Saturday, July 6th, the Red5 Yellow7 Gallery hosts the closing of Passable Atlas, an exhibit by artists Sean Deyoe and Nathan Snider recreating four years of The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time, a weekly Wednesday night bike ride exploring far-flung areas of the city. The exhibit will be followed by a Special Passage ride beginning at 8:30 pm at 4357 Melrose Ave in the HelMel Bicycle District.

The LACBC hosts their popular series of Sunday Funday rides on the first Sunday of every month. This month’s edition is the All Ages Sunday Funday Long Beach Ride: Bike Local, Shop Local hosted by board member and Long Beach native April Economides on Sunday, July 7th. The easy family ride offers a tour of Southern California’s most bike-friendly city. Meet at Fremont Elementary at East 4th Street and Termino in Belmont Heights at 10:15 am, rolling at 10:30.

Monrovia’s Gem City Grill will be the site of Sunday’s Rock 2 Recovery fundraiser for our Healing Heroes, a 21-and-over benefit for Ride 2 Recovery, from 6 pm to 11 pm at 115 E. Olive Ave.

Wednesday, July 10th, the City of Alhambra is hosting a celebration of the much hated and unnecessary proposed extension of the 710 Freeway. The Eastside Bike Club invites you to join them in crashing the party to show that bikes are a viable form of transportation — and one that doesn’t need massive, community-destroying freeways. Meet at the El Sereno Parklett, 4910 Huntington Drive in El Sereno; time to be announced.

July 12 Bicycle Flyer_finalOn Friday, July 12th, Zócalo Public Square will host a panel discussion entitled Will the Bicycle Kill the Car, hosted by L.A. Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson. The panel will include LADOT bicycle coordinator Nate Baird, Art Center College of Design director of advanced mobility research Geoff Wardle, and Move LA executive director Denny Zane; oddly, a discussion of the future of bicycling doesn’t include anyone from any of the area’s bicycling advocacy organizations. The free event starts at 6 pm at Grand Park, across from City Hall at 200 N. Grand Avenue.

The High Desert Cyclists invite you to join them in biking to San Buenaventura State Beach on Saturday, July 13th. Choose from three rides ranging from 35 to 80 miles, followed by a post-ride barbecue, free for members.

Women riders are invited to take part in the Beach Babe Bicycling Classic in Long Beach on Sunday, July 14th, with rides of 15 and 36 miles starting and ending a Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach.

Saturday, July 20th, the City of West Hollywood is hosting a Bike and Walk Workshop to gather community input on making friendlier streets, leading two simultaneous tour groups around town to point out areas for improvement and collect feedback. Meet at City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; RSVP to Georgia Sheridan at gsheridan@weho.org or call 323-828-6357 by July 15th.

Anyone willing to make the trip to the Bay Area may want to head to Oakland’s Jack London Square on Saturday, July 20th for the third annual Pedalfest, a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food family and fun; the event takes place from 11 am to 7 pm. Thanks to prinzrob for the heads-up.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Civic Engagement Committee meets at 6:45 pm on the last Tuesday of each month. This month’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at the Johnnie’s Pizza at 5757 Wilshire Blvd at Museum Square. The meetings are open to everyone, and you don’t have to be an LACBC member to participate; email bikinginla at hotmail dot com to be added to the discussion list.

Here’s your chance to bike the famed Las Vegas strip and the surrounding Las Vegas Valley, with the 6th Annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo Pinarello on Saturday, September 21st. The event will offer routes for riders of all levels, from a 17-mile ride to 60-mile Metric Century and a 103-mile Gran Fondo; the longer rides will visit the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead.

CicLAvia returns to an expanded version of the original Heart of LA route on Sunday, October 6th.

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