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Streetsblog’s Bike Month 2011 Mega-Page

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In an effort to make Bike Month accessible to everyone in 2011, we put together a Bike Month page featuring all the events we could find.  We received suggested events through Facebook, Twitter and good old fashioned email.

All the bike month events we could find.

May 7


Santa Monica Festival
This year’s festival has a special emphasis on bikes, bikers, and bicycle culture in the city by the bay with City of Santa Monica bike valet, a bike maintenance workshop with Bikerowave, Santa Monica Planning & Community Development bike learning area, Santa Monica Museum of Art Ticket to Ride, and Bike Exhibition with Santa Monica Spoke.

Clover Park – 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Silverlake – Building a Better, Bike-able Los Angeles with Alexis Lantz

As part of Sustainable Saturdays, our own Planning & Policy Director Alexis Lantz will provide an overview of the new City of LA Bike Plan and what it means for Silver Lake. Learn more about bicycle infrastructure and how what’s good for biking is good for the environment and our local economy. More info + Facebook event.

Silver Lake Library – 2411 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Malibu – Bike Safety with Sen. Fran Pavley
This fun, informative and potentially life-saving event will include a miniature city for children to learn safe riding skills, such as the use of helmets. The event will also include an update on legislative efforts to improve transportation safety.

Safe Moves will sponsor a drawing for a bike and safety helmet.

Will Rogers State Beach, Parking Lot #3, Entrance at PCH and Temescal Canyon, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Antelope Valley Ride

Support the AV Conservancy and ride for wildlife and wild lands. Several rides that include riding the California Aqueduct.

Click for More info, including directions and registration.

May 8

Happy Mother’s Day!

Westside – Bikerowave Swap Meet

Free to sellers and buyers – no fees, just things to buy and swap.

12255 Venice Blvd., 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

May 9


Glendale – Basic Bicycle Repair Workshop

Location: Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St.

Come learn basic bike repair skills like how to fix a flat, that will help keep you rolling on bike to work day and beyond.  Bike racks are located in front of the library. Library Visitors receive 3 hours FREE car parking across Harvard at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

May 11

Long Beach – Free JAX Bike Safety Checks in the CSULB Quad.

Stop by for a free 12-point bike safety inspection: brake checks, tire straightening, chain tension, lubrication, smooth gear shifting and other essentials for a safe ride.

Every second Wednesday of the month, 11 am to 1 pm

Long Beach – California Bike Coalition Fundrasiser at Bikestation

At Thursday’s party the CBC will introduce its statewide Give Me 3 campaign (givemethree.org) to promote passage of Senate Bill 910, authored by Long Beach Senator Alan Lowenthal. Co-sponsored by the CBC and the City of Los Angeles, SB 910 would require motorists to give bicyclists three feet of clearance when passing from behind under most conditions.

Bikestation Long Beach at 220 E 1st Street, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

May 12

Beverly Hills – Bike Safety Workshop

Take a Bicycle Safety Workshop, offered by Sustainable Streets in conjunction with Beverly Hills Bike Week. The class, which covers everything from night riding to flat tire repair.

Roxbury Community Center, Room 102, 471 S. Roxbury Dr., Beverly Hills, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

May 13

Long Beach Bicycle Festival,

Downtown Long Beach Associates will host two days of events surrounding the Tour of Long Beach, including a Friday night Carbo Load and Fun Fest featuring an outdoor vendor festival, stunts and fixed gear bike competitions, and live music. The family-friendly Finish Line Festival on Saturday, held on the lawn area of The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, will feature a vendor fair, children’s activity area, bike safety and education booths, live music and delicious food.

Carbo Load and Friday Fun Fest, Friday, May 13, 5 –9 pm

Finish Line Festival, Saturday, May 14, 9 am – 4 pm

For more information: http://www.dlba.org/LongBeachBicycleFestival.

May 14

The first "group ride" I ever went on was this Bike Not to Word Day ride in 2008

Westside – Ride to the Venice Pier

The first ever Streetsblog Bike Week event is actually a pre-Bike Week ride for the Westside. Over the years we noticed that there were no Bike Week events for West Los Angeles outside of a handful of stations on Bike to Work Day. Thus, Streetsblog will be hosting the first annual Westside Ride to the Pier on Saturday, May 14. We’ll start at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 11555 National Boulevard and ride down Barrington to Venice Boulevard. From there, we’ll head east to Abbot Kinney and turn left down to Washington Boulevard. From there it’s a straight shot to the ocean, after a brief stop at the Bikerowave.

We’ll meet at 10:30 at St. Andrews.

Compton Bike Fest

Win prizes, attend bike repair clinics, enjoy music and rides, etc.

Gonzales Park – 1101 W. Cressey St., Compton, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

NELA – Spoke(n) Art Ride

A tour of art galleries in North East LA hosted by the Bike Oven and the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop.
Meet at Flying Pigeon LA, 3714 N. Figueroa St., at 6 p.m. More Information – http://bikeoven.com/spokenart

Van Nuys – BikeBQ

Burgers-Hot dogs-Veggies -Fake meat-FREE bike tune-up help-patch kits-maps-fresh printed T-shirts-games-contests-prizes!

Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, Noon to 4:00 P.M.

Glendale – Iced Cream Ride!

Ride with us as we visit Glendale purveyors of unique and delicious ice cream. The ride is free but you will need money to purchase the ice cream. Ride will be at a slow, easy pace with some hills (nothing too difficult). Distance will be approximately 12 miles or less. Meet at the Colina Drive gate at the north end of Verdugo Park at 1:00 pm. We ride at 1:30 pm. Ride will begin and end at Verdugo Park. Helmets required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels the ride.
Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale 91208. Meet at the Colina Dr. gate. – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tour of Long Beach

Nearly 2,000 riders are expected to participate in the second annual event benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Bicyclists of all levels from beginner to experienced will take a leisurely 31-mile circuit through Long Beach parks and scenic neighborhoods, and along beaches, inland bays and the downtown waterfront. A 4-mile family fun ride along the city’s beach bike path is perfect for riders of all ages.

Marina Green Park, 540 East Shoreline Dr., 8:00 am; Family fun ride, 9 am

For more information: http://www.millerchildrens.org/tour.

Long Beach Bicycle Festival,

Downtown Long Beach Associates will host two days of events surrounding the Tour of Long Beach, including a Friday night Carbo Load and Fun Fest featuring an outdoor vendor festival, stunts and fixed gear bike competitions, and live music. The family-friendly Finish Line Festival on Saturday, held on the lawn area of The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, will feature a vendor fair, children’s activity area, bike safety and education booths, live music and delicious food.

Carbo Load and Friday Fun Fest, Friday, May 13, 5 –9 pm
Finish Line Festival, Saturday, May 14, 9 am – 4 pm

For more information: http://www.dlba.org/LongBeachBicycleFestival.

May 15

NELA – Get Some Dim Sum

Bring about $15 per person to pay for the food and (possible) train fare. Bring your own bike, or borrow one of our shop bikes by making a reservation with us by calling 213-909-8986 or through our contact page: http://flyingpigeon-la.com/contact

Meet the Flying Pigeon LA crew in front of the shop at 3714 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 at 10 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of each month for a fun, slow-paced, group ride to a dim sum restaurant in the L.A. area. Meet at the shop at 10 a.m., we leave at 10:30 a.m.

May 16

The Bike Week Kick-Off presser is always good for a few laughs.

North Hollywood – Bike Week Kick Off!

Kick-off event for Metro’s Bike Week. They usually have politicians and Bart Simpson or something at a press friendly event. It’s usually fun.

North Hollywood Station Red Line, 8:30 A.M.

Pasadena – Streetfilms Film Festival

L.A. Streetsblog will screen short bicycle films and lead discussions on how we can re-envision our streets. Come learn how we can make the city of Pasadena more bicycle friendly. This public event will give attendees a chance to watch bike films and speak with policy advocates working in Los Angeles.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena – 6:30 to 9:30

Online Contest – Bike Beats Car (Until May 31)

Did you know that biking beats driving for urban commutes of 7 miles or less? Stop waiting in L.A. traffic, and find out for yourself by joining other challengers throughout L.A. in The Beatdown. Just login two trips each by bike and by car at bikebeatscar.com to WIN cool prizes and find out how much time YOU can save by biking to school or work.

Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week Kick Off

Event Kickoff: Bike Infrastructure Discussion w/Guest Speaker
University Park, 6:00 P.M.

May 17

Midtown – Blessing of the Bikes

Get Blessed!
Get Breakfast!
Get a Free Bike Check!

8:00 A.M.to 9:30 A.M.

Westwood — UCLA Bike to Campus Week

The first 25 UCLA Bruins (staff/faculty/students) to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event get free comprehensive tune-ups. The first 100 UCLA Bruins to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event page get free t-shirts.

LeConte & Westwood, 8:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M.

Pasadena – Mayor’s Bike Ride & Family Night

The Mayor’s Bike ride will be an opportunity for the city to come together for a family-friendly bike ride with Mayor Bill Bogaard. This event will include vendors, entertainment, and prizes for children and adults.

  • Opening Remarks – Begins at 5:30 with Mayor Bogaard and an introduction of elected officials.
  • Group Bike Ride – Departing at 6:00pm. The bike ride is 2.5 miles and will include both new and experienced riders, and families. It will be a slow paced ride (10 mph) with designated ride leaders from C.I.C.L.E. and police escorts managing traffic.
  • Family-Friendly Event – The ride will return to City Hall at 6:30pm for family activities, vendors, and prizes.

Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101. 5:30-8:30

Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week

Developing Bicycle Advocacy in the Pomona Valley
Multi-Purpose Room in The Suites, 7:00 P.M.

May 18

Downtown LA Bike Ride.

Meet at Union Station on Alameda Street and ride through Downtown with other bike enthusiasts. Congregate at 8:00 am and the ride will leave at 8:30. Route map.

Westwood — UCLA Bike to Campus Week

The first 25 UCLA Bruins (staff/faculty/students) to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event get free comprehensive tune-ups. The first 100 UCLA Bruins to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event page get free t-shirts.

Tiverton Dental Breezeway, 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Long Beach Bike Traffic Skills 101 Course at CSULB,

Free to adults who bike in Long Beach, Traffic Skills 101 consists of consists of one 2-hour classroom training session plus one 3-hour on-road training session. Register online in advance to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Pyramid Annex Training Room

For more information: www.csulb.edu/rideshare

Pasadena – Ladies Night

Join C.I.C.L.E. for a Ladies Night maintenance clinic and ride. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to fix their bicycles and take part in a social group ride through Pasadena. Paseo Colorado shops and Bike Week Pasadena sponsors will provide giveaways during the event.

Paseo Colorado: Common areas of south Garfield Promenade at Green Street, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week

Documentary: Riding Bikes with the Dutch/ Q&A
Centaurus (inside Bronco Student Center), noon-2:oo P.M.

May 19

BIKE TO WORK DAY!

Free rides on Metro and other transit carriers, “Bike to Work Day” booths set up around the County.

Here’s some helpful links from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition:

10 Steps to Riding Your Bike to Work (PDF).
L.A. County Bicycle Coalition Biking Resources.
California Bicycle Laws and Safety.

Westwood — UCLA Bike to Campus Week

The first 25 UCLA Bruins (staff/faculty/students) to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event get free comprehensive tune-ups. The first 100 UCLA Bruins to pledge to ride a bike on our Facebook event page get free t-shirts.

Ackerman Turnaround 8:30-10:30

LACBC Bike From Work Happy Hours:

Downtown LA
Where: Angel City Brewing – 216 S. Alameda St. (at Traction), Los Angeles, 90012
When: May 19, 5 PM to 8 PM
Highlights: There will be a free bike valet (provided by us), gourmet food trucks, and, of course, some great local beer! See Facebook Event.

Santa Monica
Where: Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401
When: May 19, 4 PM to 10 PM
Highlights: 15% of Bike to Work Tasting Sales + 15% of all Happy Hour (all night Monday plus 4-7 Tues-Fri) tasting sales on weekdays from May 17t-31 will be contributed to LACBC and our regional chapter Santa Monica Spoke! Free bike valet on the 19th.

Glendale
Where: Tavern on Brand – 208 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 91203
When: May 19, 5 PM to 7 PM
Highlights: Usual drink specials, plus cyclists get 10% off all food orders.

South Bay
Where: Rock and Brews – 143 Main Street, El Segundo, 90245
When: May 19, 5 PM to 8 PM
Highlights: Join the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and get the latest updates on the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan and other exciting bicycling news in the area. See Facebook Event.

Agoura Hills
Where: Ladyface Ale, 29281 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills,91301
When: May 10, 11:30 AM to midnight
Highlights: Beer and snack specials for those who arrive by bike all day.

Glendale – Bike from Work Happy Hour

The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition invites you to meet up for a happy hour beverage after you’ve biked to work today. Ride your bike to Tavern on Brand, meet fellow cyclists, and enjoy the Tavern’s usual drink specials. Special deal: cyclists get 10% off all food orders! Remember, you CAN get a citation for riding drunk (plus you can get hurt). Drink responsibly but revel in the company of your fellow cyclists!

Tavern on Brand, 208 N. Brand Blvd., 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

May 20 -

Everywhere – Bike to School Day

Support your local school!

Pasadena – C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Ride

Join C.I.C.L.E. as we take a bike tour to several Pasadena museums and galleries open to the public for Artnight Pasadena. ArtNight is an evening where the public is invited into cultural institutions around Pasadena free of charge. We will be stopping at selected venues so that participants have an opportunity to enjoy the art and music of the evening.

Meeting Location: Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave & Holly St), 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Meet up @ the Bronco Statue at Bronco Commons, 3:00 P.M.

May 21

I know I should use some pictures from Streetsblog's Flickr set on Bike Week Pasadena, but instead I wanted to remember that time they closed the Rose Bowl to car traffic in 2008. That was awesome.

Pasadena – A Taste of Fair Trade

C.I.C.L.E. will lead a workshop demonstrating how to transport groceries and goods using a bicycle. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to win raffle prizes and visit vendors.

Following the workshop will be a “A Taste of Fair Trade” ride giving attendees a tour of Pasadena businesses that sell Fair Trade food and products. Participants will be treated to Fair Trade food samples at each stop.

Shops on South Lake, 345 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 9110, 10:00 A.M.to 1:00 P.M.

Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Ride and Bike Week Pedal Party

Experience gems of Pasadena while biking along the Arroyo Seco before ending at the One Colorado shopping area. Once at One Colorado, attendees will be invited to stay for an evening that will include food, drinks, music, giveaways, and a fundraiser for C.I.C.L.E.

One Colorado Courtyard from 6:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. –
For more information: http://onecolorado.com/visit.html

Long Beach – Bike Traffic Skills 101 Course at CSULB,

Free to adults who bike in Long Beach, Traffic Skills 101 consists of consists of one 2-hour classroom training session plus one 3-hour on-road training session. Register online in advance to reserve your spot.

For more information: www.csulb.edu/rideshare