Ride the Hollywood Hills, launch a Healthy Food Map for South LA and learn to group ride — and go vote

Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK; this week features the estimable Colin Bogart, Education Director for the LACBC.

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 Orange County Bike Film Festival screens from Wednesday, February 20th through Monday, March 11thtimes and locations vary.

The Pasadena Tri Club is offering a nine week Group Riding Series for new cyclists interested in learning how to ride with in a group with more experienced riders; the course is designed to teach the basics, improve fitness and increase confidence. Sessions meet each at 8 am each Saturday at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd in Pasadena, starting today; thanks to Margaret Ho for the heads-up.

Flying Pigeon celebrates the intersection of bikes and beer with their monthly Brewery Ride this evening, Saturday, March 2nd. This month’s ride rolls just three miles to Golden Road Brewery; riders meet at Flying Pigeon, 3404 N Figueroa St, at 6 pm, departing at 6:30. Future rides include the Spoke(n) Art Ride on Saturday, March 9th and what undoubtedly be an interesting cross cultural Get Sum Dim Sum Ride on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th.

The latest in the LACBC’s popular series of Sunday Funday rides rolls this Sunday, March 3rd, as board member Alex Amerri leads you on a challenging 28 mile ride exploring the Hollywood Hills, featuring 4,000 feet of climbing. The ride promises views of the famed Hollywood sign from above, and insights into the history of the Hollywood Hills and perspectives on the development of Los Angeles. Meet in the parking lot of the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood, 11000 Wilshire Blvd at 8 am, departing at 8:30.

Help launch the new Healthy Food Map for South L.A. on Sunday, March 3rd with South L.A.’s East Side Riders. The ride will depart from the entrance to Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave at 10 am.

Tuesday, March 5th is election day in Los Angeles and many of the surrounding communities. Be sure to get out and vote — and cast your vote for candidates who support cycling, including in the South Bay. Because all the gains we’ve made in recent years could go away if the people we elect don’t support us.

The Encino Velodrome begins an intensive six week introduction to track racing on Wednesday, March 6th, starting at 7 pm and continuing weekly through April 10th. Sessions cost just $10 each, or $50 in advance; 17301 Oxnard Street in Encino.

A memorial ride and ghost bike installation will take place on Thursday, March 7th in memory Ivan Aguilar, the 21-year old student killed while riding his bike on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona last Thursday.  The ride will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, location to be determined.

Friday, March 8th, C.I.C.L.E. invites you to join them for the ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride to explore the city’s galleries and museums on two wheels. The free ride meets at 6 pm at Memorial Park Pasadena at Raymond Ave. and Holly Street, departing promptly at 6:30.

A meeting will be held on Monday, March 11th, to discuss Santa Monica High School  improvements for Safe Routes to School from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Civic Center Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

Santa Monica hosts a community workshop for the planned Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway on Saturday, March 16th at Virginia Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. The workshop will include a presentation on the project, followed by your choice of a biking or walking tour; snacks and door prizes will be offered.

This should be a major party, as the infamous semi-official Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race takes place on St. Paddy’s Day, Sunday, March 17th, starting at 3:30 am at Tang’s Donuts, 4341 West Sunset Boulevard. Better start training now in case there’s green beer at the finish line.

Make your plans for the Malibu 7-Canyon Ride on Saturday, March 23rd with rides of 100 miles, 100 kilometers and 50 miles. The fully supported ride will begin at Zuma Beach, and pass through Latigo, Encinal, Decker, Mulholland, Little Sycamore, Yerba Buena and Deer Creek Canyons, with over 9,000 feet of climbing on the century ride. Early bird pricing is available through February 16th.

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 at Pitfire Pizza at 2nd and Main Downtown, across from the new LAPD headquarters. on Tuesday, March 26th. You don’t have to be an LACBC member to participate; email bikinginla at hotmail dot com to be added to the discussion list.

Caltech Bike Lab teams with C.I.C.L.E. to offer a series of free defensive cycling classes; the next ones take place on Sunday, April 7th and Saturday, June 8th at Caltech Y, 505 S. Wilson Ave in Pasadena. RSVP to bike@cicle.org with the date you want to attend.

The Classic Gran Fondo San Diego rolls on Sunday, April 14th, starting and ending in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. If you go, make sure your taxes are done first, since they’re due the next day.

The next CicLAvia rolls out on Sunday, April 21st from 10 am to 3 pm, following a new route from Downtown to Venice Beach — or as Yo! Venice! puts it, from Dogtown to Downtown — along Venice Blvd. Future events will follow Wilshire Blvd from Downtown to Fairfax on Sunday, June 23rd, before returning to an extended Downtown route on Sunday, October 6th.

Registration has opened for this year’s LA River Ride, to be held Sunday, June 9th, starting and ending in Griffith Park. If you haven’t done the River Ride, I highly recommend it; if you have, then what are you waiting for?

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