Win a GoPro from San Bernardino Parks, draw a bike critter, win a Schwinn, and updated bike events

I normally don’t simply repost press releases.

But I’m going to make an exception for this contest sponsored by San Bernardino County Parks that could win you a new GoPro camera. But hurry, because this has been gathering virtual dust in my inbox for the last couple weeks, so you have less than two weeks left to enter.

San Bernardino County Parks is kicking off the summer with a photo contest. By snapping a “people” photo at one of San Bernardino County’s eight participating regional parks and entering it into our contest, you could win one of several great prizes, including a GoPro high definition camera.

The Facebook contest runs from June 1-30, 2012. To enter, visit San Bernardino County Parks’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SBCRegParks and click the “Win a GoPro” tab. One photo is allowed per participant, and the photo with the most votes by the end of the contest period will win the first prize of a versatile GoPro camera, which is wearable, gear-mountable and captures both still images and video in high definition.

The second- and third-place winners will receive two Annual Park Passes, along with a $50 or $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops. The passes are good for one year’s free admission to participating San Bernardino County regional parks, including free parking, with the exception of holidays and special events.

Participants must submit a photo of themselves, family, or friends enjoying their favorite outdoor activity while on the grounds of one of San Bernardino County’s eight participating regional parks. Activities could include hiking, biking, boating, swimming, gold panning, kickball, fishing or any other outdoor activity that contestants can dream up. The most important ingredients to a winning entry are creativity and fun!

Official contest rules can be found on the parks’ Facebook page.

The participating parks are:

  • Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
  • Prado Regional Park
  • Glen Helen Regional Park
  • Yucaipa Regional Park
  • Lake Gregory Regional Park
  • Mojave River Forks Regional Park
  • Mojave Narrows Regional Park
  • Calico Ghost Town Regional Park

Please share this information with your friends and family. The more photos, the more fun. Have a great summer!

For more information about upcoming activities and events, follow San Bernardino Parks at:

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As a lead-up to August’s Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is inviting you to draw your own bike critter; submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, June 21.

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Schwinn is giving away a bike a day in their Ride of a Lifetime contest through June 25th. Just visit their website or like them on Facebook, then enter with their simple three-part process:

  • Pick a friend to share the journey with
  • Choose a bike from the wide range of Schwinn products
  • Every time you enter a friend, Schwinn will enter you, too

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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 City of Malibu is hosting a follow-up workshop to discuss the PCH Bike Route Improvement Project for the portion of highway west of the city. The meeting will take place  from 10 am to noon at Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. If you bike the coast highway, you owe it to yourself to attend, because this will affect the road you ride on.

Serious Cycling is sponsoring a full day of racing on Saturday, June 16th with the Jailhouse Race on the grounds of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The three-quarter mile crit starts at 7 am and continues past three pm with the elite men’s race.

The LASD Cycling is hosting their 2nd annual R2R Honor Ride to benefit Ride 2 Recovery as they support wounded veterans on Saturday, June 16th starting at the Calabasas/Lost Hills Sheriff Station, 27050 Agoura Road in Calabasas.

The first annual B3 charity bike ride will raise funds for the Pablove Foundation with beer and food specials on a laid-back bike, brunch and beer ride on Saturday, June 16th, while making a loop between Golden Road BrewingTony’s Darts Away and Mohawk Bend. If you haven’t signed up already, you’re too late — the ride is sold out, but all three bars will be open to the public.

Explore South L.A. while you help map a route to Watts Towers on Sunday, June 17th with Ride South LA. Join the Eastside Riders BC and a host of other groups and individuals in photographing landmarks along the way to help map the cultural and neighborhood assets in L.A. cycling’s undiscovered country south of I-10. Meet at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park at 10 am.

Wednesday, June 20th, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Grad Night will showcase research conducted by UCLA Urban Planning students supported by the Coalition. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to brainstorm and vote on ideas inspired by the research. The event takes place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 at LACBC Headquarters, 634 South Spring Street.

Join the Mountains Restoration Trust and Heal the Bay in restoring critical riparian habitats within Malibu Creek State Park by riding to sites that are too far to hike to. Mountain bikers — or anyone capable of riding a dirt fire road — are invited to join them on Saturday, June 23rd from 8:45 am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road; bring your sunscreen and be ready to work.

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s new Civic Engagement Committee at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, June 26th; location to be determined. Help us work to get candidates for mayor and city council in Los Angeles and other area cities on the record for their stands on bicycling issues to ensure the election of more bike-friendly political leaders. Future meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month.

Ride in the El Sereno Independence Day Parade with the Eastside Bike Club on Saturday, June 30th, followed by a concert and fireworks. Meet at 1 pm at the El Sereno Library, 5226 S. Huntington Drive to decorate bikes.

The LACBC’s Sunday Funday rides take place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next ride scheduled for Sunday, July 1st. This month’s ride will be led by popular L.A. cyclist and blogger Will Campbell in cooperation with yours truly, with a special guest appearance by Mark Elliot of Better Bike, as we explore the mean streets, proposed bike routes and fascinating trivia of the Biking Black Hole of Beverly Hills. The moderately paced, one-of-a-kind Beverly Thrills Ride will meet at 9 am and roll promptly at 9:30 am, location to be determined.

Sunday, July 1st, Shuntain Thomas, the Real Rydaz and We Are Responsible People (WARP) will host a ride through the streets of South Los Angeles to raise attention to the problem of childhood obesity and streets as recreational space. The ride starts at 10 am at Exposition Park, and ends at a street festival at 86th Street and Vermont Avenue.

The Antelope Valley’s High Desert Cyclists hosts a series of monthly Brunch Rides starting at Marie Kerr Park on 30th Street West in Palmdale on the second Saturday of each month. The comfortably paced 15 to 20 mile rides will visit a local restaurant or coffee shop for brunch before returning to the starting point; organizers promise no rider will be left behind. The next ride is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th with successive rides scheduled for August 11th, September 8th and October 13th.

Sunday, July 15th marks the opening reception for Country and City: Art by Rick Cummings and Joe Linton from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Barbara Mendes Gallery at 2701 S. Robertson Blvd. As you may know, Joe Linton is an exceptional artist in addition to being one of L.A.’s leading bike — and river — advocates, while Rick Cummings is Art Director at ARC School of Hope.

The 2012 GranFondo Cannondale Los Angeles rolls on Sunday, July 15th starting at Saddlerock Ranch at Malibu Family Wines, 31727 Mulholland Highway, offering rides of 40 and 75 miles; registration closes at 9 pm on Friday, June 8th.

Stately Pasadena will be invaded with cyclists when the Pasadena edition of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia settles in for a weekend of biking events, starting with a two day expo at Pasadena City Hall, followed by rides of 29, 64 and 83-ish miles on Sunday. It all takes place Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd; registration closes Wednesday, July 18th.

On July 28th, join Wolfpack Hustle — yes, the cycling team that beat a jet to Long Beach — for the Midnight Drag Race: Codename “The Final Effin Sayso” as single speed cyclists race through Downtown’s famed 2nd Street tunnel. Sign-up starts at 10:30 at 2nd and Hill Street, with the first heats beginning at 11 pm.

The 4th Annual California Tour de Dreams 2012 will take place August 9th through 19th as cyclists will ride 540 miles from UC Berkeley to UCLA to educate communities about the passage of the California Dream Act and advocate for passage of the Federal Dream Act; register online by May 31st.

Bikes are normally banned from the famed San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge, but you can ride it on Sunday, August 26th, during the 5th Annual Bike the Bay, to benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Get an early registration discount through April 30th.

Early registration has opened for the national Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference to be held September 10th through 13th in Long Beach. The 17th annual conference is sponsored by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, and Project for Public Spaces.

This year’s Tour de Fat will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Los Angeles State Historic Park — and this time, it’s not scheduled on the Jewish high holidays, so everyone can attend.

Mark your calendar for the next CicLAvia from 10 am to 3 pm on October 14th; more details to follow.

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