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March 9, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The cities of Cudahy, Bell Gardens, Commerce, and Vernon are looking for input on how to make these cities better places to bike, walk, and access transit. Join LACBC and East Yard Communities for our second Southeast L.A. cities ride with Bell Garden High School through Bell Gardens! The ride includes a community discussion about L.A. River access in the SELA area, mobile asset mapping and snacks.

When: Thursday, April 9; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Meet at Bell Gardens High School

Please RSVP to bryan@la-bike.org.

February 19, 2015 News 0 Comments

The two-time defending champion Team LACBC now has 14 riders on board to participate in Climate Ride California this May and has raised 13% of the team goal. These all-stars will be riding and raising money for LACBC and other environmental causes! 

After learning about more about Team LACBC member Ryan Jones, we now learn about Nora Hipolito. A resident of Burbank, she first got involved with LACBC through our newest local chapter Walk Bike Burbank. Learn more about Nora's perseverance, how she'll bike 126 miles for pizza, and more.

When and why did you start riding a bike?
After childhood, I had a renewed interest while living in Chicago. About 10 years ago, I was living and working in downtown Chicago and decided to go carless, as that’s  the way to go in that city. I bought a steel Schwinn hybrid and used it to run errands, ride to go sailing on Lake Michigan, and even grocery shop when it snowed! Once I moved to Los Angeles to work at Warner Bros I bought a car because I thought it was the only way to get around. I was soon recruited by the WB triathlon team because of my extensive marathon experience. I worried about the road cycling portion of the event, as I envisioned excruciating pain from a seat that was tiny compared to my Schwinn's--boy was I wrong! I bought my first road bike three years ago and fell in love after a few rides. Thanks to a professional bike fitting, the riding has been painless. Running has fallen to the wayside and now I regularly ride 100-200 miles a week.

How did you get involved with LACBC?
My circle of friends here in Los Angeles is made up of cyclists, and many volunteer for LACBC and CicLAvia. Once I learned about my local LACBC chapter, Walk Bike Burbank, I decided it was time to get involved and make this city more bike friendly.

Why are you joining Team LACBC for Climate Ride?
I’ve fundraised in the past, and this time I wanted to do so for causes I feel very strongly about: cycling and climate advocacy. My friends look to me as an example of perseverance and never giving up because I had a very bad fall on my bike two years ago; I broke many bones and my neck too! However, two months later I jumped onto the trainer, and then was back on the bike as soon as my neck brace came off--even though I wasn’t able to fully lift my right arm up at the time. I’m totally healed now, and want to show everyone that I am 100% recovered.

Have you ever done a long-distance ride before?
No, I haven’t. My longest ride to date has been a 126-mile ride from Burbank to Solana Beach for pizza. Afterwards, we took the train back home.

What are you doing to prepare for Climate Ride?
To prepare for the ride, I’m not doing anything out of my normal routine. I usually do 50-100 mile rides on the weekends and bike commute to the office during the week. I just started training for road racing…this should help me keep up with everyone!

Do you have any goals for Climate Ride? If so, what are they?
I’m excited about hearing the different speakers on our various stops talk about their environmental actions, and I hope to be much better informed, both from them, my teammates, and the people I will meet along the way.

Good to luck to Nora and Team LACBC this May. Support Nora's ride or consider joining her as part of Team LACBC today!

February 18, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Women Bike, Women Lead: A Social Conference for Women Transforming Their Communities Through Bikes

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) are partnering on a women-led series of bike rides and workshops from January to April 2015 designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking.

The Women Bike, Women Lead series is also dedicated to empowering women to expand personal and professional goals related to active transportation, especially for those who are new to advocacy and community mobilization.

The bike rides and workshops are provided at no cost and reserved for women-identified participants. Pre-registration for workshops is required. Limited spaces are available.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Community Partners at California Endowment Building, Los Angeles (free; registration required)

Registration:

Please complete this registration form. Registration is confirmed automatically for bike rides. Workshop participation is pending confirmation from event organizers.

The Women Bike, Women Lead series is funded by the League of American Bicyclists' Women Bike Mini-Grant Program with support from LACBC and MCM.

This series is organized by Daniella Alcedo, founder of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition chapter of the LACBC, and Maria Sipin, advisory board member of MCM– two women who have spent the past few years engaged in active transportation-related work and believe in the value of making educational opportunities and mentorship accessible to women and young professionals.

For more information regarding this media release, please contact Maria Sipin at maria [at] multicultimobility [dot] org.

February 4, 2015 News 0 Comments

Last December, we announced that Tamika Butler had been named the new Executive Director of LACBC. Over a month after she first began, Tamika has spent time putting her new office in order, meeting our members and partners, and getting acclimated to life at LACBC. A native of Bellevue, Nebraska, Tamika now lives in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood of Monterey Hills. She answered a few fun questions to help you get to know her a little better.

How did you fall in love with riding a bike?

I fell in love with riding a bike as a kid when I used to hang out with all the neighborhood boys and ride BMX trick bikes. I loved tackling hills, ramps, anything. A couple of broken wrists later, I switched to using my bike for getting around the small island I lived on growing up (Okinawa, Japan). I fell back in love as an adult when I moved to LA and didn’t love it-- until I got out of the car and started exploring this beautiful city and its hidden treasures by bike as I trained for the AIDS/LifeCycle.

How did you first hear about LACBC?

A friend, who was a member and my ALC trainer, started telling me about LACBC and all the good work they did and all of the great benefits they offered. I wanted to learn more and signed up to receive the newsletter and was blown away by all of the amazing stuff LACBC was doing across the county.

Tell us about your bike(s):

Unlike with kids, I think it’s okay to say I have a favorite. It’s my first road bike, a black and pink Fuji. I road the whole state of CA with that bike and it’s seen my ups and downs--literally. It’s the bike I learned to clip in on and I never thought when I bought it to ride around my neighborhood that it would have so dramatically changed my life.

What is your favorite place to ride?

The beach. I’m from Nebraska. We’re landlocked with no water. Come on, how could I say anything else?

Describe your bike style.

Sophisticated chic? Is that a thing? I like ties. I like to ride in a tie, looking good and being on my bike so that I can hop off into any situation is fun. People don’t except the tie when they see the helmet...I like to keep you guessing. Also, I love to match.

What song best works as your bike commute theme song?

Right now--Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." Don’t hate. All time classic. Anything by Eminem or any '90s Boy band. Again...stop with the judging.

Do you have a bicycling role/roll model, and if so, who?

It’s hard not to say Shayla Myers, an LACBC member and the friend that first got me on my bike in LA and showed me how to be confident without being crazy and find a peace in riding the streets in LA that I never thought was possible.

Role model would be my older sister. She’s a first grade teacher back in Nebraska and has literally taught me everything I know. She’s the one who taught me to believe in myself and never put a limit on what I can accomplish. I bring that same spirit and work ethic to all I do and it’ll be a big part of my time at LACBC.

What's your favorite place to eat in L.A.?

Here’s the thing. I love food. If there is a place. And it has food. I will like it. I can’t pick favorites. Remember the thing about kids earlier? I feel the same about food.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start riding a bike?

Just do it. You’ll fall. But you will get back up. You will get better, faster, and stronger and you’ll love yourself for it.

January 29, 2015 News 0 Comments

The two-time defending champion Team LACBC now has 12 riders on board to participate in Climate Ride California this May. These all stars will be riding and raising money for LACBC and other environmental causes! Today we begin to profile some of our Team LACBC riders so that you can learn more about them and what motivates them to ride

First up is Ryan Jones. A resident of Downtown L.A. for almost a decade, Ryan has minimized his car use by opting to ride his bike. He first became involved with LACBC when he joined our Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Central group and is looking to make a larger impact. For his fundraising efforts, Ryan started it off by donating $1,400 of his own money to cover the costs or ride support, so that anything raised beyond that will directly benefit LACBC and environmental groups. Here Ryan answers questions about how he started riding, why he chose Team LACBC and Climate Ride, and more.

When and why did you start riding a bike?
Apart from learning to ride as a kid (and breaking my nose in the process--it's still well out of alignment thanks to that first good fall), it was a childhood friend who reintroduced me to cycling when it really stuck. He was up at UCSB and had the slightly over-ambitious idea to ride from his apartment in Isla Vista to his parents' house in Palos Verdes (the "IV to PV" ride), so I bought an entry-level road bike and joined him for the adventure. We did that ride the year following, too, and it was during the time in between that I started to really get into a riding routine (so I wouldn't slow him down on trip #2 -- and I didn't!). Then, years later, living in Echo Park, I got into the hipster fixie craze and taught myself basic bike mechanics for a few restoration projects. It's that combination of exercise/enjoyment riding and having projects to work on that will keep me into cycling for the rest of my life.

How did you get involved with LACBC?
Law school made me want to participate in local public policy, and LACBC's Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program seemed like a great way to start. I didn't keep up with my ambassador duties (I'll blame the bar exam), but I'm hoping to participate a little more now that that's behind me.

Why are you joining Team LACBC for Climate Ride?
I love the idea of supporting local sustainability and active transportation efforts, and there's no group that does more around here than LACBC. And I trust that Alek [Bartrosouf] will be a great team captain.

Have you ever done a long-distance ride before?
I've never done back-to-back long days on the saddle, but I've done a handful of centuries over the years (my favorite was a fundraising ride outside of Boston). Individually the days on this ride don't sound that hard, but the lack of that lazy, lounging rest day is going to be tough!

What are you doing to prepare for Climate Ride?
I've a pretty good schedule of short, hill-climbing weekday rides through Elysian Park and longer, more adventurous rides on weekends already, so as long as I can stick to that program for the next few months I should be in shape for Climate Ride.

Do you have any goals for Climate Ride? If so, what are they?
I'd really like Day 3's century to be my personal fastest, but that's about it for goals--the whole experience is a goal enough.

Good to luck to Ryan and Team LACBC this May. Support Ryan's ride or consider joining him as part of Team LACBC today!

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