Wednesday offers beautifully cool weather, with sparking sunshine all day and a lovely waxing crescent moon to go along with your evening ride. A bike commute on a day like today is like playing hooky… without having to play hooky at all.

From 10am to 3pm today, BikeSGV will be at the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station to provide info, maintenance checks, minor repairs, and, most importantly, free swag!

This afternoon, Walk’n’Rollers offers a family-friendly bike ride along Ballona Creek in Culver City. Helmets are required and fun is practically guaranteed.

In the Valley, an after-school memorial ride departs Grant High School at 3:50pm in honor of David Granados, whose killer remains at large.

Cali Bike Tours leads a leisurely ride through Long Beach to showcase the city’s spectacular bikeyness. ┬áThe ride departs at 4:30pm from Bikestation Long Beach and returns at 6pm. Naturally, there will be coffee.

The City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Spoke co-host a fantastic tour to show off its impressive new bike facilities. The ride departs SM City Hall at 4pm sharp and returns for a press conference at 5pm. And afterwards, join your fellow cyclists for Handlebar Happy Hour at West 4th and Jane.

Orange 20’s TJ Flexer guides you through the cradle of L.A.’s bike movement; it’s a rolling tour of the Bicycle District! See where it all began, and then return to HelMel for Scoops and maybe a chainring tattoo. Ride departs at 6:30pm from Orange 20 at Melrose & Heliotrope.

In Pasadena, C.I.C.L.E. hosts Ladies’ Night, beginning with a hands-on maintenance review courtesy of the lovely LUNA Chix, starting at 6:30pm at Paseo Colorado. There will be plenty of hydration on the Urban Expedition that follows, especially for ladies fond of coffee and/or wine! (Take a moment for a wistful peek out behind the Jones Coffee building to imagine the lovely elevated Cycleway that once soared above what is now that concrete alley.)

The annual Ride of Silence and its thundering message will roll through numerous cities tonight. Pasadena’s will be the largest in L.A County. The United Riders lead the way in South L.A., while Bici Libre holds its own
Rodado de Silencio.

Other SoCal Rides of Silence take place in Oxnard, Irvine, San Clemente, Rancho Cucamonga, Ridgecrest, San Diego, Temecula, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

If today’s riding wasn’t enough, plan tomorrow’s Bike To Work Day commute around how many pit stops you can hit on the way to & from work. And there’s still time to register your pledge to pedal on Bike to Work Day; you could win a new folding bike from REI!

Check back tonight for details on tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day fun and the extraordinary list of events planned for the wild bikeapalooza that this upcoming weekend will be.

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