Grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a long list of bike centric links and events, including this weekend’s Brewery Ride, Sunday Funday Ride and the always exciting Brentwood Grand Prix.
A new book says cyclists only have to average 8 mph to effectively travel faster than cars in Los Angeles, among other cities. LACBC regional chapter Santa Monica Spoke wins a $3,000 grant from Performance Bicycle. Gary Kavanagh says Santa Monica continues progress on the new Bike Action Plan, despite setbacks. Rick Risemberg notes the biking improvements in Santa Monica, and asks when it will be L.A.’s turn. A new You Tube video offers a young perspective on L.A. bike culture and Cat 3 racer Fabian Vasquez. L.A. Latino teens explain why they prefer fixies in a great short film. A new film looks at the experiences of African American cyclists in L.A. Missed this one earlier in the week as the Watts Cyclery takes the first steps towards opening a bike co-op in the underserved South L.A. area. The rich get richer as Long Beach cyclists will soon see sharrows on 4th Street.
An Orange County writer says she’s risking her life by riding to better health. What would it take to make San Diego the world’s best bike-friendly city? Palo Alto’s planned bike share is doomed to fail unless stations are located where people actually want to ride. Who would have thought the man behind Cyclelicious would be geek cycle chic. A writer for the New York Times Wiggles through San Francisco on his new fixie. After five deaths in 10 weeks, Sonoma cyclists ride to call attention to bike safety; although not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The Lompoc School superintendent comes home after being critically injured when he was run down by a truck while riding in Missouri. Local residents say the dangerous intersection where a Modesto teacher was killed may have been the problem, rather than a careless driver.
Cycling’s governing body tries to claim jurisdiction over the Lance Armstrong case; the question is why. Not surprisingly, bike companies are some of the best places to work. Seattle’s newly formed Puget Sound Bike Share is looking for an executive director. Over 7,000 New York City cyclists and pedestrians have been injured in the first six months of the year, with 79 killed; yes, 79. Ten tips for riding in New York. A man has admitted to being the hit-and-run driver who killed a Richmond VA cyclist, giving the suspect a full four days to sober up before coming forward.
The UK’s leading retail chain mistakenly offers a bike for sale for just £1 — about a buck-and-a-half. Despite a public confession, the International Olympic Committee doesn’t seem to care that a gold medal-winning track cyclist deliberately fell to cause a restart; evidently, things like that only matter in badminton. An abusive spectator is arrested and fined after hurling abuse at the family of a bronze medal-winning Aussie track cyclist. Wrong place at the wrong time, as a Malaysian cyclist travels over 9,000 miles to see the Games, only to get arrested in the Critical Mass mess. Town Mouse appreciates the attention to detail in a newly improved bike lane on a visit to London, but notes that’s not always the case. It’s not a network of bike lanes in Dublin, it’s an adrenaline-boosting cycle-coaster. Paris plans to return the banks of the Seine to people, rather than cars. A notorious Aussie overpass claims a victim on Thursday. Thanks to a rash of bicycle bombs, Jaipur, India residents now have to show ID to buy a bike.
Finally, a driver texts that he needs to stop texting, just before driving off a cliff. And two hours after stealing a bike from a bike shop, a thief returns to buy — what else? — a lock.
Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK; looks like I may be on this week.
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.
Flying Pigeon hosts their monthly Brewery Ride on Saturday, August 4th, with a leisurely ride to a bar or brewery to be determined. The ride meets at 3 pm at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, 3404 N. Figueroa St., with a 3:30 pm departure. Single speed cruiser bikes are available for rent.
LACBC board member Steve Boyd will lead this month’s Sunday Funday Lakewood Family Ride through Lakewood and Long Beach this Sunday, August 5th. The easy, 18-mile family friendly ride will start from Del Valle Park, 5939 Henrilee Street in Lakewood; meet by the airplane at 9:30 am, with a 10 am departure. The ride is free for LACBC members and a guest; discount memberships are available the day of the ride.
L.A.’s biggest single day bike race takes place on Sunday, August 5th as the Raymond Fouquet Brentwood Grand Prix rolls through the streets of West L.A.; this year’s race will serve as the 2012 Southern California Nevada Cycling Association Elite Criterium Championship. Racing takes place all day, from 7 am to 4 pm on San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood; don’t miss the race expo on the center divider.
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.
Thursday, August 9th, Flying Pigeon will join L.A. Streetsblog and Bike Nation in hosting a night of Streetfilms and tacos to benefit C.I.C.L.E founder and long-time L.A. area bike advocate Shay Sanchez. It all starts at 7 pm at Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, 3404 N. Figueroa St.
The Antelope Valley’s High Desert Cyclists hosts a series of monthly Brunch Rides 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, August 11th; riders will leave from Marie Kerr Park at Avenue P and 30th West in Palmdale at 7:30 am for a comfortable 20 mile round trip ride to the Coffee Bean café.
Also on Saturday the 11th, the 9th annual C.U.R.B. (Citizens United to Remove Barriers) Bike Ride rolls through the streets of Long Beach for a relaxed, all ages ride with police escort. Suggested $20 donation benefits a life free of barriers for the physically challenged; free — yes, free — rental bikes are available through the city’s DecoBike bike share. Sounds like a fun ride for a great cause.
Registration has opened for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s fourth annual Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts on Sunday, August 19th, featuring an art focused bike tour and other bike centric artistic activities and exhibitions. Be sure to sign up early, because the free bike tour always reaches capacity long before the event.
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.
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, July 28th, location to be determined. Email bikinginla at hotmail dot com to be added to the email list.
The Eastside Bike Club invites you to join them on the Dodgertown Bike Ride on Saturday, September 1st. The ride begins with a rally starting at 3 pm at El Arca, 3839 Selig Place before riding to see the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks, with game time starting at 6:10 pm. Buy your tickets in advance on the Dodgers website.
Sunday, September 2nd marks your chance for fixed gear glory with the Lord of Griffith IV, a climbing, three lap track bike/fixed gear race in and around Griffith Park.
The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic invites you to ride down Highway 1 to raise funds for a cure. The ride rolls 525 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles from Sunday, September 9th to Sunday the 16th; a two-day option is also available on Saturday, the 15th and Sunday the 16th.
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.
Long Beach will host the country’s first National Women’s Bicycling Summit, as well as a Cycle Chic: Past, Present and Future fashion show on Thursday, September 13th in conjunction with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference; tickets for both are $35.
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.
Celebrate the return of Carmagedon on Saturday, September 29th as Wolfpack Hustle — yes, the cyclists who beat a Jet Blue jet from Burbank to Long Beach — invite you to ride your bikes from every point in the city to meet on the L.A. River bike path for the biggest ride ever with the All City LA River Ride; details to follow.
There’s a new date for the next CicLAvia, which has been moved up one week from October 14th to 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, October 7th. The route has also been changed, with new spurs extending from Expo Park in South L.A. to East L.A. and Boyle Heights.
The Bicycle Film Festival returns to Los Angeles this October, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
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.