LACBC Weekly Newsletter

September 13, 2018

Metro Best Ride this Sunday: Forgotten Venice History

Join us for a local’s guide through Venice to explore the area’s forgotten and hidden history, presented by LACBC as part of Metro’s Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program and in partnership with Metro Bike Share. We’ll have a fun-filled ride and visit historical landmarks, listen to stories from lifelong residents, and meet the Black community that built the Oakwood/Venice neighborhood.

The Oakwood community has historically been one of the few beachside sections of Los Angeles available for Black and minority communities to live in. Redlining, which drew private investment away from disenfranchised communities, sectioned off the Venice canal streets from these residences. This ride will highlight the generations of Black Venetians who have lived in this area, and are fighting to preserve history, property, and community.

We’ll be starting our ride out of the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Station this Sunday! Meet at 9:30 AM, for a prompt roll-out at 10 AM. The ride covers seven miles ,and includes stops at Dogtown Coffee (the birthplace of a modern skating community), Inkwell Beach, SPARC Community Art Center, Kinney-Tabor House, and the historic First Baptist Church. We’ll end up at the Historic First Baptist Church, and across the street, a Mexican Indepence Day celebration will be going on in Oakwood Park!

Metro Bike Share will also make a limited number of bikes available (free of charge) for participants without bikes. Bikes must be reserved in advance and all riders must sign a waiver. If you are interested in this option, please reserve a bike ticket when you register. Sign up for the ride on the Eventbrite page here.

Around the County: Valley BRT, LA River Bike Path & South LA

North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project: Metro is now studying implementing high-quality Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in the North San Fernando Valley. The study area extends from North Hollywood to the City of San Fernando and west to Chatsworth. The potential alternatives would interface with the East San Fernando Valley LRT Project on Van Nuys Boulevard. There are five meetings across the Valley from September 20 – 29 where you can join the discussion and learn more about the project. Find out more information about the meetings here.

Frogtown: Starting in late September, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be initiating repairs along the LA River Recreation Path for approximately one month. The work will focus on a 2.4 mile segment between Fletcher Dr. and Barclay St., and will repair and improve over 100 sand cracks, remove tree roots, and replace asphalt. During these updates, the path will be open on at least one side for usage. For more details, go to the LA Bike Blog here.

Leimert Park: Join Go Human Crenshaw this Saturday for a brief walkability assessment within the Crenshaw Community. The group will walk around several blocks in the neighborhood, taking notes and identifying certain intersections and roads that are dangerous for pedestrians. The overall goal is to create a safer environment for local walkers and bikers, and to foster a community with the skills and knowledge to advocate for their right to get around the neighborhood without having to drive. Meet at 4317 Leimert Park Blvd. starting at 10 AM, and the audit will go until 2 PM. RSVP here.

Bike! Bike! is coming September 27th. Volunteer for the Conference! 

Now in its sixth year, Bike! Bike! – an international gathering organized by and for community cyclists – is coming to Los Angeles for the first time. The conference is a space for participants, who range from individuals to shop owners to advocates, to converge in a different city each year over a four-day period to have workshops and strengthen the community’s social network.

This conference will have special access to the LA State Historic Park, where the bulk of events will be hosted, and participants will camp. Events are run and organized by attendees covering a variety topics, and there will be presentations, hands-on workshops, discussion groups, and bicycle rides.

Bike! Bike! takes place from September 27 – 30, and registration is now open. You can register through their webpage (registration is on a sliding scale, nobody will be turned away), and find more information about volunteering, providing solidarity housing, and more.

Volunteers are also needed during and leading up to the conference. Among other impressive feats, they’ll be transforming a 100-year old auto shop into a Bici-Paranda ready space every Saturday at LA Eco-Village (email to help). You can sign up for other opportunities, including the Bici Paranda (Bike Party), by regisitering on the volunteer form here.

Refresh Your Skills with Metro BEST Classes

With funding and support from Metro, LACBC is offering free bicycle education classes for adults who are new to riding, or have recently gotten back into riding and want to refresh their skills. There are three class levels to choose from, from the most basic riding skills, to rules of the road, to street skills. All three classes include on-bike instruction.

Right now, you can sign up for any of these three classes over the next couple of months in North Long Beach, Culver City, Wilmington, Agoura Hills. Plus, we’re continuing to add more classes, including Northridge!

Pre-registration is required, and all class attendees get a free helmet and bicycle lights. Go to our website for a list of our upcoming Metro BEST classes, and be sure to check back regularly for updates!

What’s Ringing Our Bells: Life Aquatic

The beauty of bicycles is how easily maneuverable they are: there’s few better ways to get through the hustle and bustle of city life without being stuck in traffic. Still, cycling has it’s limitations, with the occasional water way (like Marina del Rey, the Venice Canals or Belmont Shore) getting in the way. Luckily for you, about 200 miles west of that other Venice, a team of Italian engineers decided to find a cure for this malady by designing a portable floatation device they call the Shuttle Bike.

With this system, you can rig any bike to be ultra-aquatic in about ten minutes. Plus, it’s  easy to use for any level of rider. The Shuttle Bike’s origins date back to 1992, and this bicycle boat project has evolved over time. Now, it fits into a regular sized backpack only weighing twenty-five pounds! You will have to float some serious cash to snag one of these, as the complete kit costs upwards of fifteen hundred dollars. As of press time, these devices aren’t approved for the LA River Ride….yet!


Bike on Fig Ride
 Friday, September 14, 1 PM – 3 PM
Where: Pardee Plaza (just north of Expo Park / USC Station), 661 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles 90089
Join for a  fun bicycle ride on the new My Figueroa protected bicycle lanes to see the huge range of destinations along the route both north and south. Bring a bicycle (Metro Bikeshare fine) and helmet if you have one, and starts at Pardee Plaza, just north of the Expo Park/USC Metro Station on the USC campus at 1 PM, roll at 1:30 PM. RSVP here.

Experience Elenda
When: Saturday, September 15, 11 AM – 3 PM
Where: Elenda Street between Washington Blvd. & Culver Blvd., Culver City
Join Go Human and City of Culver City to walk, bike, skate, or roll along a pop-up bike lane on Elenda Street. This FREE community event includes activities for the whole family including a bicycle rodeo, entertainment, giveaways, prizes and more. Test out potential street improvements that make Elenda Street a safer and more enjoyable for everyone. RSVP here.

Party for Pablove
When: Saturday, September 15, 5 PM – 9 PM
Where: Pure Cycles HQ, 713 N Victory Blvd., Burbank 91502
Pure Cycles is hosting a party this Saturday night benefitting the Pablove Foundation’s mission of fighting pediatric cancer with love. The even is free and open to all ages and includes beer provided by Verdugo West. There will also be a raffle during the evening including prizes from Pure Cycles, Bicycle Coffee LA, Thousand Helmets, Swrve, Spurcycle, Team Dream Bicycling Team, Golden Saddle Cyclery & more. RSVP here.

Pride of the Valley Open Streets & Feeder Ride
 Sunday, September 16, 9 AM – 2 PM
Where: Baldwin Park & Irwindale
Metro and Bike SGV are hosting 4.6 miles of open streets this Sunday in Baldwin Park and Irwindale. The route follows Azusa Canyon Rd., Olive St. & Maine Ave. with food and entertainment along the way. Event info here. Our chapter the Montebello Bicycle Coalition will also be hosting a feeder ride to the event meeting at the Montebello Civic Center (1600 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello) at 5:15 AM, rolling at 5:30 AM. RSVP here for the feeder ride.

North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Ribbon Cutting
 Monday, September 17, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Where: Elenda Street between Washington Blvd. & Culver Blvd., Culver City
Join Go Human and City of Culver City to walk, bike, skate, or roll along a pop-up bike lane on Elenda Street. This FREE community event includes activities for the whole family including a bicycle rodeo, entertainment, giveaways, prizes and more. Test out potential street improvements that make Elenda Street a safer and more enjoyable for everyone. RSVP here.

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