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Here is a compilation of #CAbyBike comments surrounding the California by Bike Summit.

It was a pleasure to meet so many bike lovers, enthusiasts, advocates, and professionals in Oakland. Let’s continue the conversation! Please contact me regarding any social media projects and campaigns for #CAbyBike.

Maria Sipin
@ahealthydesign
maria [at] ahealthydesign [dot] com

League Cycling Instructor Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Metro Traffic Skills 101

Summer Bike Safety Classes Come to an End

Students learn to ride safely on the road and explore a bike trail in Azusa

Students learn to ride safely on the road and explore a bike trail in Azusa

An eventful summer of bike safety education has wrapped in Los Angeles County. It’s been a great season for instructors and students alike, thanks to the grant awarded to Metro through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

As a member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and certified League Cycling Instructor, I was given the opportunity to teach free classes to a wider audience and get to know the Traffic Skills 101 curriculum on a whole new level. Most importantly, I learned a tremendous amount from my students and how instructors can better improve in order to suit a diverse set of needs. My hope is to see the availability of free safety classes increase in the next few months through new grants and expanded programming. From the feedback so far, this safety education pilot program has had a positive impact in communities that were able to host the classes. There’s plenty of room for growth and many ways to improve the program overall, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition moves forward with education in the future. They’re doing great work so far.

I wrote an article for my column on Women on Bikes SoCal to talk about the highlights of teaching this past summer in Pomona, Watts, and other cities. Read “Making Bike Education Appealing, Accessible, and Enjoyable“.

 

CicLAvia

CicLAvia on Iconic Wilshire Boulevard

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Is it just me or does CicLAvia get better every time? The well-known biking event welcomed more walking and strolling Angelenos than ever before. Wilshire Boulevard was a beauty too, and bringing people together to enjoy its streets without typical car congestion makes for a unique day on one of the busiest boulevards in Los Angeles.

I didn’t get a chance to bike the route back-and-forth like I usually do, but my early morning sprint to set up the Kids Zone hub on Wilshire and Curson was enough for me to experience open streets. There was hardly anyone on the road, and by the time the hub was set up on the west side of the route, LA was awake, alive and partying all the way to LACMA and back. This particular CicLAvia demonstrated that it isn’t about bikes owning the streets and treating it like an exclusive playground. It’s about sharing the streets with everyone and appreciating all the people who use it. This means sharing the space with people who walk as their main mode of transit, instead of only leaving room for them on the sidewalk.

More walking space is great for CicLAvia. If we could duplicate the dynamic created by Wilshire Blvd.–the hot spots along the street, diversity of its participants, a good ratio of people on foot and by bike with the supportive (and impressive) volunteer staff– CicLAvia’s icon status will grow, its regulars will return and some will contribute to the event in new ways, and people who have yet to experience CicLAvia will finally come out to see for themselves why this event means so much to the city.

CicLAvia on Iconic Wilshire Boulevard and Wolfpack Crit, a set on Flickr.

Bike Rides Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition

The Nutty Ride

Family bike ride in the city of Walnut on July 4, 2013

Family bike ride in the city of Walnut on July 4, 2013

 

Join us for the inaugural Nutty Ride on July 4th in Walnut. This event is sponsored by the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition to encourage more families in Walnut and surrounding areas to go out and bike. RSVP for The Nutty Ride here.

The all-ages casual ride is 7 miles long and starts and ends at the Vons shopping plaza at La Puente Rd and Lemon Ave.

350 N. Lemon Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789

Download the image and share it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! See you at the event.

Contact Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition on Facebook for more information.

Bike Rides Bike Workshops Community League Cycling Instructor Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Women on Bikes SoCal

Bike Month 2013

Sweat, Hair & Fashion on a Bike: Overcoming Obstacles 101 hosted by Molly Arevalo, Andrea Denike Martinez, Nat Gale, and Alexis Lantz

Sweat, Hair & Fashion on a Bike: Overcoming Obstacles 101 hosted by Molly Arevalo, Andrea Denike Martinez, Nat Gale, and Alexis Lantz

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Bike Month 2013, a set on Flickr.

Highlights from Bike Month 2013 and my activities in Los Angeles County

Bike Rides

Tour LaBonge

Tour LaBonge flyer

Cycle through the City of Los Angeles with Councilmember Tom LaBonge

 

Check out this summer bike ride series with Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who has been hosting rides for at least six years, according to Sharon Shapiro, field deputy at the Hollywood Field Office. During our phone call, Shapiro shared some information about Tour LaBonge. With the exception of the kickoff ride at City Hall, the following rides are hosted in different areas of District 4.

Shapiro said, “The ride length varies. They’re not always posted beforehand on our website. I usually have copies of the routes on hand at the bike ride.”

This is an effort to encourage people from each neighborhood to be involved. Shapiro said, “Our goal is to celebrate the city. It’s just a nice way to celebrate the summer since the days are longer. We want to encourage healthy living by getting out there on our bikes.”

Los Angeles police will be providing traffic control and supporting the rides. Riders must be at least 12 years old with helmets. Waivers required.

Look out for the ride on July 17 to experience Hollywood Boulevard: bikes, neon lights, and maybe ice cream at the end of it.

If you want to keep your neighborhood bike lanes intact, be sure to make your message loud and clear and urge your councilmembers to support. Also, sign this petition to keep Spring Street bike lanes green!

Tour LaBonge dates 2013 and meeting locations
June 5: City Hall, Sister Cities Sign on First / Main
June 12: Griffith Park, Mulholland Fountain on Riverside / Los Feliz
June 19: Sherman Oaks, Fire Station 88 at 5101 Sepulveda Blvd.
June 26: Fourth Street, Shatto Park at 3191 Fourth
July 10: Toluca Lake, Valley Field Office at 10116 Riverside
July 17: Hollywood Field Office at 6501 Fountain

Tour LaBonge - City Hall

Photo from Tour LaBonge on June 5, 2013

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Bike Workshops Community

Kids Bike Skills Workshop at Santa Monica Festival

Kids Bike Skills Workshop at Santa Monica Festival on Saturday, June 1, 2013

Kids Bike Skills Workshop at Santa Monica Festival on Saturday, June 1, 2013

There will be a kids bike skills workshop at Clover Park during the 22nd annual Santa Monica Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The workshop is hosted by Walk ‘n Rollers.

Our Bike Skills Workshops teach essential bicycle and pedestrian safety skills in a fun and engaging environment.

League certified cycling instructors will be teaching:

  • Bike Safety Checks
  • Helmet fitting
  • Recognizing traffic signals and stop signs
  • Proper starting and stopping techniques
  • How to avoid hazards
  • Yielding and bike control

Tricycles, training wheels and scooters are welcome to participate.

Other activities:

  • Bike decorating
  • DIY spokecards
  • Hourly prize drawings

Helmets are required for all riders. Bikes and helmets will be made available for those without.


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Santa Monica Festival

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Traffic Skills 101 at Cal Poly Pomona

Traffic Skills 101 will be offered for the first time at Cal Poly Pomona on May 25, 2013.

Traffic Skills 101 will be offered for the first time at Cal Poly Pomona on May 25, 2013.

The first-ever Traffic Skills 101 course (TS101) at Cal Poly Pomona will be held on May 25, 2013. This is one of many classes of its kind to be offered in Los Angeles County in designated priority cities through September 30. TS101 includes in-classroom and on-bike segments covering bicycle safety, parking lot drills, crash avoidance techniques, and a road lesson to increase confidence of bicyclists riding with traffic. Participants for this class at Cal Poly Pomona will receive a helmet and a set of bike lights.

The announcement of TS101 at Cal Poly Pomona comes months after the death of student Ivan Aguilar while riding on campus, and multiple bike-related deaths and injuries happening throughout the county, where Pomona ranks 19 for bicycle-related injury crashes, according to the 2010 Annual Report of the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Bicycle education is one step toward creating bicycle-friendly communities and is a necessity for universities like Pomona experiencing an increase in bicycle use on campus. This has been an ongoing objective of local bicycle advocacy group, Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, a chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) made up of volunteers, students and professionals from neighboring cities.

TS101 is a one-day, eight-hour course limited to 12 participants and is taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, Jim Shanman; Maria Sipin, Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition committee member and Cal Poly Pomona alum; Robert Neiuber; and coordinated with the help of Daniella Alcedo, Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition chair. This class is made possible by the PS1301 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded to Metro. A series of TS101 classes in L.A. County will be administered by the LACBC, and has been organized at Cal Poly Pomona with the help of staff and students in the Urban Planning Department, the College of Environmental Design, the Center for Community Service-Learning, and Gwen Urey, PhD, professor of Urban & Regional Planning.

With this introductory class, partnering organizations hope to generate more interest in bicycle education in Pomona and generate funding from other sources to sustain this program.

For more information about TS101 in Los Angeles County, please contact Colin Bogart, education director at LACBC, at colin@la-bike.org.

Metro Press

Happy Bike Week, LA!

Visit Metro.net website to learn more about events for Bike Week in Los Angeles.

Maria Sipin, League Cycling Instructor, Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition member, and staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

A press conference was held at Grand Park on Monday, May 13, 2013 to kick off Bike Week in Los Angeles

Bike Workshops Community Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition

Pomona Art Walk – Bike Week Block Party Kickoff

Stop by the Pomona Art Walk on Saturday, May 11, from 3-6 p.m. to participate in a Bike Week Kick-Off event at the Sculpture Park in Downtown Pomona (map of 538 W. Second Street) hosted by Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition. When the sun goes down, visit the galleries and ride with us! Bike activities are free and family-friendly. RSVP at Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Facebook event page here.

We are looking for volunteers for various activities. Quick shifts and fun activities for anyone interested in working with the Pomona community and learning more about bicycle advocacy and education in the area. Volunteers, please sign up here.

  • bike art
  • safety and repairs workshops
  • DIY spoke cards
  • night time bike ride (How bright can you be? Show us! Extra lights and reflective wear encouraged!)

 

Last night, the glowing bike party rode through the Claremont Colleges and downtown area playing electronic and house music.

Last night, the glowing bike party rode through the Claremont Colleges and downtown area playing electronic and house music. Bring your brightest lights and reflective clothing to our Pomona Art Walk night ride on Saturday, May 11.

Bike Pomona Art Walk flyer

Bike activities at Pomona Art Walk on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bike Pomona Art Walk flyer

Bike activities at Pomona Art Walk on Saturday, May 11, 2013

 

Flyer created by A Healthy Design