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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.
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:30am - 1:00pm
Come enjoy a warm-up ride before the Super Bowl and explore the hidden "bowls" of Burbank! Led by LACBC member Wayne "Ridetime" Howard, we will ride from the North Hollywood Red Line Station up to the Starlight Bowl and, after a few extra miles in the saddle, head over to the Pickwick bowling alley, where you will have the option of participating in a game or two of Sunday Funday Bowling.
We'll meet at The North Hollywood Red Line Station and bike up a moderate climb up to the Starlight Bowl where we'll stop to learn about its history. From there we'll enjoy a nice and relaxed 10-mile descent through Glendale and into Atwater Village where we'll hop onto the L.A. River Bike Path and end at Pickwick Bowl.
When: Sunday, February 1st; meet at 9:30 a.m.; Ride at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at The North Hollywood Red Line Station - 5350 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA
Finish at: Pickwick Bowl at 921 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For those who want to bowl: It's $5 per game, $3.50 for shoe rental
RSVP: Please RSVP here. If you are interested in helping as ride support, email email@example.com.
Ride Length: Approximately 25 miles total
Ride Duration: 3 - 3.5 Hours
Difficulty: moderate/chill-paced ride with one hill climb of 300 ft. over 1 mile, no one left behind, must be comfortable riding in large groups and riding in light traffic.
What to bring: Helmet, at least one water bottle (2 if possible), sunscreen, money for bowling/lunch afterwards, a bike lock if you'll be bowling
About Sunday Fundays: Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online (or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:00am - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11a.m. – 2 p.m. – Pomona Valley Ride: La Verne to Bonelli Park, San Dimas (free)
- Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Los Angeles Ride: Downtown LA to South LA (free)
- Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Community Partners at California Endowment Building, Los Angeles (free; registration required)
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.
In 2013, Team LACBC became the top fundraising team and brought home the coveted top fundraising pint glasses by raising over $35,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC. Last year, Team LACBC rocked Climate Ride again! We raised over $74,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC and were easily the top fundraising team. We're coming back to raise some dough, 3-peat as the fundraising champions, and ride along the scenic Northern California coast!
Climate Ride California takes place from May 17th through May 21st, 2015, and is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California's historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Climate Ride participants must raise at least $2800 by May 11th, 2015, in order to participate, and if you're part of Team LACBC, we'll receive a portion of your raised funds. Have questions about Team LACBC and Climate Ride? Email Kelly Martin at kelly [at] la-bike [dot] org.
New! Enter the Ride with Greg Laemmle Contest. Enter the Ride with Greg Laemmle contest for a chance to ride Climate Ride CA 2015 with Team LACBC with LACBC board member and Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle and win an unlimited Laemmle Theatres pass for 2015! Entries must be received by Monday, February 16th.
After years of outreach, stakeholder education, meetings, rides and rallies, we are delighted to report that Councilman Gil Cedillo is seriously considering project options that will create a safe and inclusive North Figueroa that include bike lanes. Focusing on the historic core of Highland Park from Avenue 55 to Avenue 60, Cedillo’s staff worked with LADOT to produce a series of options that include essential safety elements, such as a road diet, better sidewalks and crosswalks, transit enhancements, and physically protected or buffered bike lanes. These options will be presented for community review in the coming weeks. We call on Northeast LA advocates to participate in this process with positivity and respect to foster community dialogue about the importance of making Figueroa safe for all. Although only five blocks, this project opens the door to safety improvements along the whole Figueroa corridor that are consistent with local advocates’ longstanding vision of a Figueroa that respects all travelers--people driving, taking transit, biking and, most importantly, walking.
If you would like to get more involved in the campaign and discuss strategies, we urge your participation at our next Northeast LA Bike Ambassador meeting on Wednesday, February 4, at 6 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing interest, and we’ll let you know when a venue is secured.