It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to update our upcoming events.
So let’s take a look what’s on the calendar. And if you know of anything I’ve missed, let me know.
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.
A new support group has formed for people who have been involved in a bicycle collision. Everyone is welcome to share your experiences, gain insight and understanding into your emotional state and develop new coping strategies. The group meets every Saturday from 11:30 am to 1 pm at 6310 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 401. Current LACBC members receive a discount. To learn more, contact Aurisha Smolarski at 323/203-1526 or email [email protected].
There will be a public memorial service, or rather, a celebration of the life of fallen Newport Beach cyclist and physician Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion Ritz at Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive in Irvine, starting at 1 pm on Saturday, October 6th. If you can make it, say an extra prayer on my behalf. The driver who allegedly killed her faces eight years in state prison.
Get your big bike weekend off to a great start with Flying Pigeon’s monthly Brewery Ride to a suds purveyor to be determined. Riders meet at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, 3404 North Figueroa Street, at 3 pm on Saturday the 6th, rolling at 3:30 pm. Bikes are available to rent for bikeless beer lovers.
The big news this weekend is CicLAvia taking over the streets of Downtown, South LA, MacArthur Park, Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Boyle Heights from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, October 7th. It’s a celebration of the streets of L.A. and a chance to rediscover the city in a whole new way – as well as intimately experience neighborhoods far too many Angelenos never see without the windows rolled up and the doors locked. You’ll find feeder routes forming from all parts of town, as well as countless events, performances, food, music and displays throughout the route; personally, I’m hoping Mariachi Plaza lives up to its name. Free 90 minute bike rentals are available from future L.A. bike share operator Bike Nation. But remember, CicLAvia is not a race or a training ride. The full route is open to anyone and everyone without a motor (correction: electric scooters, and presumably electric bikes, are allowed), whether you’re riding, rolling, skating, boarding, walking, running or just taking it all in. So take the advice we give everyone else and share the road, ride courteously and don’t be a jerk. And don’t forget that CicLAvia had it’s inception as a project of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition before being spun off into a separate organization, so stop by the LACBC booth at the new Grand Park near City Hall to say thanks — and sign up as a new member if you aren’t already.
From the Chinatown leg of the CicLAvia route, you’re only a few blocks from L.A. Historic Park, where you’ll find the all-day long DTLA Historic Cyclocross, featuring exciting cross racing from 8 am to 5 pm.
Along with CicLAvia comes an unexpected sequel to last weekend’s Carmageddon as CicLAvia shuts down Downtown-area streets, followed by Sunday afternoon and evening street closures from the Westside to L.A. Live, as President Obama makes a previously unscheduled campaign and fundraising trip to the City of Angeles. Westside cyclists could find their route impacted by street closures, as could Westsiders returning home from CicLAvia. On the other hand, just like Carmageddon, if you’ve got to get through the area, you’re probably better off on a bike than behind the wheel.
The Bicycle Film Festival returns to Los Angeles next week, with a kick-off party at historic El Cid in Silver Lake on the 11th, followed by the debut of The Contender, the first BFF-produced film at Cinefamily on the 12th. Other screenings will take place at the Downtown Independent theater from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday the 13th, with an all-ages DTLA block party the next day from 10 am to 6 pm. Convergence rides are planned for the various events. Email [email protected] for more information or to volunteer.
Redlands area cyclists get a bike film festival of their own starting the same weekend, October 12 through 14, as the Inland Empire Biking Alliance sponsors the Bike Film Fest at the Fox Theater, 123 Cajon Street.
Run or bike with the men and women in blue as the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division hosts the 5th Annual Randy Simmons 5K Challenge Run on Saturday, October 20th, with rides of 26 and 52 miles. The rides start at 1880 North Academy Road; register by Thursday, October 18th.
Also on Saturday the 20th, the Antelope Valley High Desert Cyclists host the High Desert Fall Memorial Century, starting at 7 am at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster; registration closes on Friday the 19th.
Sunday, October 21st, Hemet High School hosts a Grad Night Poker Ride featuring five climbs on a 55 mile route. First place prize for the best poker hand is $500, with a $50 prize for the worst hand; lunch provided by Sweet Baby Jane’s BBQ. Thanks to Scott Boyd for the tip.
Wednesday, October 24th, Multicultural Communities for Mobility — the new social justice and mobility organization born from the LACBC’s former City of Lights program — will host the third annual Bicycle Awards Dinner honoring LADOT’s Michelle Mowery, bike lawyer Howard Krepack and John Jones III from Eastside Riders Bicycle Club. The event takes place from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at La Fonda Supper Club, 2501 Wilshire Blvd.
Newport Beach will sponsor a memorial ride for fallen cyclists Sarah Leaf and Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion Ritz on Saturday, October 28th starting at 8 am; details to follow. The ride will feature a fundraising drive for bike safety improvements, with the city matching all donations on a 3-to-1 basis.
Now here’s a great idea for a ride. The Arthritis Foundation is teaming with one of the L.A. area’s favorite Cuban bakeries and cafés to offer the first ever Tour de Porto’s starting at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 28th. The ride starts at Porto’s in Glendale, travels a short distance to the Burbank Porto’s, then down the L.A. River Bike Path to the restaurant’s Downey location. If the entry fee includes a Cubano or Medianoche, count me in.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Civic Engagement Committee meets at 6:45 pm on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 30, at Johnnie’s Pizza at Museum Square, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. This month we turn our attention from the November election, and start focusing on next March’s L.A. mayoral and City Council elections. Email bikinginla at hotmail dot com to be added to the email list.
The LACBC’s second Tour de Taste is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd; mark your calendar for a unique combination of bikes and great food.
Congratulations to L.A. Streetsblog’s Damien Newton on the birth of his new daughter Mary Leigh. I’ll be filling in for Damien on Streetsblog next week as he takes paternity leave, so please excuse me in advance if the postings on here are a little light. I’ll try to keep up both sites as best I can.
And congrats to Carlos Morales of the Eastside Bike Club, who is now the proud owner of Stan’s Monrovia Bikes. Carlos is a great guy, he knows bikes and is someone I’m glad to call a friend. Stop in and say hi, and tell him I sent you.