Now here’s an interesting idea.
My friend and fellow LACBC board member Greg Laemmle — president of the 76-year old, family-owned Laemmle Theatre chain — is celebrating the grand opening of a new bike corral at the chain’s NOHO 7 location with the first ever Tour de Laemmle on Saturday, June 21st.
You’re invited to ride along with Greg as he visits each of the chain’s seven Southern California locations — a total of 124 miles in a single day. Join in for the entire ride, or meet up at a scheduled time and location for a single leg from one theater to another.
Participants will be eligible for a number of discounts and prizes, including t-shirts, movie tickets, and a chance to win Greg’s own TERN folding bike.
NOTE: Departure times below are estimated. Please refer to the web page at www.Laemmle.com/Tour for official schedule.
- LEG 1 – 6:00am – Official start at ROYAL Theatre (West L.A.)
- LEG 2 – 6:15am – Departure from MUSIC HALL (Beverly Hills)
- LEG 3 – 10:00am – Departure from CLAREMONT 5 (Claremont)
- LEG 4 – 12:00pm – Departure from PLAYHOUSE 7 (Pasadena)
- CEREMONY – 2:00pm – Ribbon-cutting ceremony for NOHO 7 Bike Corral (North Hollywood) with City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
- LEG 5 – 3:00pm – Departure from NoHo 7
- LEG 6 – 5:00pm – Departure from TOWN CENTER 5 (Encino)
- LEG 7 – 7:00pm – Departure from MONICA FILM CENTRE (Santa Monica)
- ARRIVAL – 7:25pm – Back at ROYAL Theatre
- END – 7:45pm – Official close of Tour
See the website for full details.
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.
Downtown’s Just Ride LA bike shop hosts weekly no one left behind Monday evening and Saturday morning shop rides, 1626 South Hill Street.
The Eastside’s Ovarian Psychos teams with Rio Contreras to host a three-part bike mechanics class for women and those who identify as women on consecutive Thursdays, starting June 12th from 6 to 9 pm, 1214 East 1st Street.
The Santa Monica Festival takes place on Saturday, June 14th, featuring a Bike Zone and Exhibition and a free Bike Rodeo; 11 am to 6 pm at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park.
Saturday, June 14th marks the first Tour de Downey bicycle ride, followed by the second annual Make Music Downey concert. The $25, 35-mile ride to Long Beach and back departs from Downey City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave, at 7 am; there’s also a free six-mile Community Ride departing at 9 am.
The Santa Clarita Century and Expo rolls on Saturday, June 14th, with rides of 25, 50 and 100 miles, as well as a Family Fun Ride. All rides start and finish at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, Citrus Street and Magic Mountain Parkway.
A memorial ride will be held for fallen cyclist Sal Sahagun on Saturday, June 14th; meet at Hennessey’s Tavern at the Hermosa Beach Pier for a 9 am departure.
The San Fernando Valley Bike Club offers a twice monthly Compagni Group Ride — Italian for companion — on the second and fourth Sunday of every month; the next ride takes place on Sunday, June 14th. Click here for details and other rides; lots of other great sounding rides on the list, too.
A memorial ride and walk will be held on Sunday, June 15th to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of Pasadena bike rider Phillip O’Neill. Riders meet at Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Ave at 7:30 pm, departing at 7:45; walkers meet at Grant Park, 232 South Michigan Ave, same times.
Santa Monica’s Helen’s Cycles host a no-drop Women’s Only Group Ride on the third Saturday of each month; the next ride is scheduled for 8 am on Saturday, June 21st, details TBD.
LA’s most popular fundraising bike ride rolls on Sunday, June 22nd with the 14th edition of the LACBC’s Los Angeles River Ride. Ten rides of varying lengths, with starting points in Long Beach and Griffith Park, including two centuries, a 15-mile family ride and a free kid’s ride; discount prices available through May 27th.
The LACBC and the Hollywood Bowl invite you to the first Bike to the Bowl on Sunday, June 22nd for Janelle Monáe, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Roman GianArthur, and Sunday, June 29th for Robyn & Röyksopp. Includes free bike valet and a scoop of ice cream from Peddler’s Creamery; details on the group ride to follow.
Public radio station KPCC hosts the annual Pasadena Olympic Day celebration on Monday, June 23rd at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. The free bicycling-themed event takes place from 6 to 9 pm; RSVP required.
Santa Monica’s Cynergy Cycles is hosting a meet and greet for the BikeMS ride, featuring Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, on Tuesday, June 24th from 7 to 9 pm, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd.
Sunday, June 29th marks the free Downey Kid’s Bike Festival from 10 am to 2 pm at
Griffiths Middle School, 9633 Tweedy Lane.
Helen’s Cycles host a no-drop Men’s Group Ride on the first Saturday of each month; the next ride is scheduled for 7:45 am on Saturday, July 5th, at the Santa Monica location, 2501 Broadway.
Saturday, July 5th, show the bike-unfriendly residents of San Marino will get a good look at the sort of riff raft they’re trying to keep out of the city by blocking a proposed bike plan with the Riff Raff Ride into San Marino, details to follow.
Mark your calendar for the Peace Love & Family Ride for Crohn’s and Obesity in South LA on July 5th and 6th. Great cause; more details when they become available.
Go-Bici and the Eastside Bike Club invite you to ride to Universal City Walk on Sunday, July 7th. The intermediate-level ride meets at 7 am at El Sereno Parklett, 4910 Huntington Drive, visiting Griffith Park, Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Blvd and DTLA.
It’s a Wolfpack Hustle weekend starting on Friday, July 11th as LA’s favorite riding pack hosts a relaxed Retrospective Video Viewing and Gathering from 8 to 11 pm at 1739 Public House, 1739 North Vermont.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a series of workshops aimed at empowering local advocates. The next workshop on Ride Marshal trainingis scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, July 12th at LACBC Headquarters, 634 S. Spring Street in DTLA; see poster at left for additional dates, times and topics.
Streetsblog hosts a fundraising walk and party starting at 11 am on Saturday, July 12th to honor Streetsie Award winners Jessica Meaney and Alissa Walker. Meet at Boathouse Cafe on Echo Park Lake at 11 am; tickets are available here with a suggested donation of $10.
Bike racing returns to Downtown LA on Saturday, July 12th with Wolfpack Hustle: The Civic Center Crit; racing takes place from 1 to 8 pm on the streets surrounding LA City Hall, 200 North Spring Street.
The next day, Wolfpack Hustle hosts a ride from City Hall to Dockweiler State Beach and back for a BBQ and the final of the World Cup. Depart from Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street at 12:30 pm.
The Honor Ride Irvine rolls at 8 am on Saturday, August 2nd, starting at A Road Bike 4U, at the corner of Main St & Red Hill Ave in Irvine.
The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, the city’s only official voice for bicyclists, meets on the first Tuesday of every even-numbered month; the next meeting takes place at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 5th at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd.
The California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour rolls from San Francisco to Los Angeles September 13th through 20th to benefit the Arthritis Foundation; participation is limited to the first 300 to register.
The year’s second CicLAvia takes place on Sunday, October 5th with a new variation on the classic Heart of LA route through Downtown LA, from Echo Park to East LA.
Paso Robles hosts a Wine and Roses Bike Ride on Saturday, October 11th; the event is limited to the first 350 riders to sign up.
Downtown Garden Grove is scheduled to go car-free on Sunday, October 12th with the city’s first open streets event.
The Los Angeles edition of the CF Cycle for Life rolls through the hills of Calabasas on Sunday, November 2, with rides of 25, 65 and 100 miles to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The ride departs from Pedaler’s Fork, 23504 Calabasas Rd.
Calbike is hosting the inaugural California by Bike Surf ’N Turf Tour. The multi-stage ride travels from Santa Barbara to San Diego, starting on Halloween and ending November 5th; registration is now open.
The first winter — or late fall, anyway — CicLAvia is also the first to roll through historic South LA on Sunday, December 7th, from the cultural center of the Southside in Leimert Park to the birthplace of West Coast Jazz on Central Avenue.
Find bike racing schedules and other cycling events at SoCal Cycling.