#StreetsR4Families- The Los Angeles River Ride

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 12.19.23 PM
From the back of my bike in 2012 to fifteen miles on his own bike in 2016…the River Ride also allows me to check on his progress as a bike rider.

Yesterday was the 16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. The River Ride serves the three-part purpose of fundraiser for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), tour of the L.A. River, and a group ride that brings together hundreds of bicyclists.

After missing the ride for a couple of years due to my vacation plans, I was able to join the 1,500 or so bicyclists that take part in the two-, fifteen-, thirty five-, fifty- or one hundred- mile bicycle routes that are part of the ride.

In recent years, LACBC has made a concerted effort to attract more than just hard-core racers and Livable Streets Advocates culminating in yesterday’s event which featured multiple ways for children to be part of the city’s largest bike party this side of CicLAvia.

Walk n’ Rollers provided bike-related activities such as helmet-painting and a bike rodeo for the littlest bicyclists. The LAPD provided escorts to the two mile and fifteen mile family rides. First 5 L.A. provided subsidies to make the family rides more affordable to families of any income level.

The River Ride happens once a year. Check back to Streetsblog in early 2017 for information on the next ride. After the jump you can find your media from the River Ride via Storify.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

A Decade of the River Ride

|
Cyclists relax after the 2008 River Ride. Photo from LA Streetsblog Flickr Pool (I’ll be out of town for the River Ride this year.  Instead of the normal Streetsblog review I asked the LACBC to help me write a preview of the 2010 River Ride. – DN) Join us Sunday June 6, 2010 for the […]

Finish the Ride

|
t’s not just a ride, it’s a movement. Be part of the solution. Finish the Ride is the spirit of courage and determination to overcome tragedy despite apparently insurmountable odds. It’s a movement that will literally be heard around the world.  Being part of Finish the Ride means you are taking part in something that will […]

Bike Day Saturday: LACBC’s Paleta Bicicleta

|
(It’s certainly no surprise to anyone that reads this blog, or that lives in Southern California, that this area is hardly known as a haven for bicyclists.  But, that doesn’t stop creative and dedicated cyclists from devising their own ways to make Los Angeles a bike town of our own.  This week we’ll profile four […]

Streetfilms Praises Orange Line BRT and Bike Path

|
While in town last month, Streetfilms took its second look at Los Angeles’ Orange Line as a model for BRT’s around the country.  In his summary of the above Streetfilm, Clarence Eckerson doesn’t hold back his praise for the Orange Line calling it "one of the best Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the U.S" […]

The Week in Livable Streets Events

|
This might be the first week in a long time that the calendar doesn’t have a bike ride (note: ride added!). Are we missing something? Let us know… Wednesday – The California Highway Patrol, AAA and LACBC hold a press conference announcing the first day of the “three foot passing law.” The “Three-Feet-for-Safety Act” legally mandates […]

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Looks Ahead for Big 2013

|
It’s only been five years since Streetsblog began publishing in Los Angeles. In that time, we bore witness to major changes at LADOT, Metro and city politics. But perhaps the biggest change has come in the form of more professional, better-staffed and powerful advocacy organizations. Nowhere is that more true than with the Los Angeles […]