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February 27, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:00am

Save the date for our next Sunday Funday ride, where we will get a taste of some of the best pastrami Los Angeles has to offer! Led by LACBC Board member Greg Laemmle, this 20-mile ride is for folks that want to ride and eat. Some vegetarian options will be available.

When: Come to Canter's Deli at 9:00 a.m. for an optional breakfast. Everyone else meet at 10:00 a.m. Ride at 10:30 a.m.
Where: meet at Canter's Deli - 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles

Tentative stops:

9:00 a.m. - Have optional breakfast at Canter's.
10:00 a.m. - Meet up, learn from Jacqueline Canter how pastrami is cured, go over rules of the road, hit the road.
11:00 a.m. - Arrive at Johnny's Pastrami at Crenshaw & Adams
12:15 p.m. - Arrive at the Original Canter's location at 2323 E. Cesar Chavez. 
1:00 p.m. - Arrive at Dino's Burgers at Main & Griffin in Lincoln Heights
2:30 p.m. -  Arrive at Wexler's Deli at Grand Central Market for optional lunch.
Wexler's diners can ride back to Canter's with Greg or depart on their own from Wexler's. Expect to be back at Canter's by 4:00 p.m.

RSVP: Please RSVP here. If you are interested in helping as ride support, email carol@la-bike.org.
Ride Length: Approximately 20 miles total
Ride Duration: 3.5 - 4 Hours from Canter's to Wexler's
Difficulty: mellow ride with minimal hills
What to bring: helmet, water, sunscreen, cash money for food (some restaurants only accept cash), a bike lock if you'll be sitting down and eating
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.

February 23, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am

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 the LA River Revitalization Corp for our first Southeast L.A. cities ride along the L.A. River through Cudahy! The ride includes a community discussion about L.A. River access in the SELA area, mobile asset mapping and snacks.

When: Saturday, March 07; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Meet at Cudahy City Hall-  5220 Santa Ana St., Cudahy, CA

Please RSVP here or 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.

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