May 2017

Jose Jimenez and Traffic School for People on Bikes


Today, #DamienTalks with Jose Jimenez, the education director for Bike SGV. Late last month, Bike SGV and its partners, the city of El Monte, Day One, and the Honorable Daniel Lopez of the Los Angeles Superior Court in El Monte, launched Los Angeles County’s first “traffic school program for people on bikes.”

For the car-free amongst us, violators of traffic laws who are driving a car can often get the penalties reduced by going to “traffic school”. The Bike SGV Website does a great job explaining the program :

For BikeSGV and Day One, launching the program in a high-need, lower-income community like El Monte was particularly important as the monetary cost of a violation riding a bicycle is generally the same as when driving a motor vehicle. With court fees this means a stop sign violation can cost around $200 and a red light violation more than $400, significant sums, especially for low-income individuals and families who are most likely to rely on bicycling for everyday transportation.

We go into much greater detail in today’s talk, so make sure to check it out.

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Feedback Sport Ride Prep Tool Kit

While you’re usually tempted to hang up your bike and go sit on the couch with a pizza after a long ride, your bike doesn’t maintain itself. For nagging noises that require attention before or after a ride, Feedback Sports presents its Ride Prep Tool Kit. This practical arrangement of tools give you the ability to address relatively simple maintenance fixes in the comfort of your own garage. Bigger jobs will still require a trip to your LBS, but if you’ve been wanting to learn to fix a few things on your own, this kit (and a few lessons from a patient friend) is a good way to get started.

  • Compact tool kit addresses common pre- and post-ride issues
  • Professional-grade tools made to handle years of hard use
  • Convenient case travels well on bikepacking trips

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Taste of Pasadena Ride by BikeSGV – May 16th

Enjoy a two-wheeled “Taste of Pasadena,” presented by Metro in collaboration with the Pasadena Playhouse District Association. On Tuesday, May 16th the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and BikeSGV will host the 2017 edition of this popular, beginner-friendly ride. It will include several pit stops for free samples at a diverse assortment of Pasadena eateries. All participants will receive a free raffle ticket, with t-shirts and other goodies up for grabs!



    • 6pm – Meet Del Mar Gold Line Station courtyard (adjacent to corner of Del Mar and Raymond, Pasadena)
    • 6:30pm – Ride departs
    • 9:00pm – Ride arrives Memorial Park Gold Line station

Start/End: Ride starts at Central Park (260 S. Raymond Ave, adjacent to Del Mar Gold Line Station); and ends at Memorial Park (85 E. Holly St., adjacent to Memorial Park Gold Line Station).

If you plan to drive a car to the ride we strongly suggest parking at another Gold Line station and taking Metro to the starting location, as street and structure parking is limited in downtown Pasadena. Allen Station and stations further east, as well as Filmore station to the west, all have large auto parking lots.

Route: Mostly flat, approximately 4 miles. Route map coming soon.


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Bring Your Bike and Ride For Free on Metrolink May 15-19

Free Rides on Metrolink*

Metrolink will offer free rides during Bike to Work Week, May 15-19, 2017, to anyone who brings a bike onboard Metrolink. This offer will be effective on all Metrolink trains in operation Monday, May 15, 2017 until Friday, May 19, 2017. Riders must accompany their bike for the entire trip. Free ride offer is limited to one person per bike.

Metrolink Bike/Board Cars are in high demand across the Metrolink system as more cyclists continue to take the train. Due to the high demands across Metrolink’s system, there will be limited bike capacity during Bike to Work Week. If the train cannot accommodate any additional bikes, you will be asked to take the next train or find alternative means of transportation.

To ensure the safety of all passengers, Metrolink conductors have the right to ask bicyclists to relocate to another passenger car or in the situation where there is no more bike storage available, ask you to wait for the next train. Metrolink will offer free rides during Bike to Work Week, May 15-19, 2017. The free rides on Metrolink are not eligible for free transfers to any other bus or rail operator. This offer does not apply to any Amtrak trains including shared service trains. 

The Ride of Silence Pasadena CA May 17

On May 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003,Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees.  The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.


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The Langham Celebrates Bike to Work Day


May is National Bike Month and C.I.C.L.E (Cyclists Initiating Change through Live Exchange), a Los Angeles based bike advocacy nonprofit, is hosting Bike Week from May 16-21. This green effort celebrates cycling and helps raise awareness about bicycle safety.

Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 18 and, from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. you can stop by The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for a friendly pit stop. The Langham will partner with Metro to host a booth at the hotel’s entrance offering refreshments and light snacks such as water, coffee and fruit as well as bicycle route maps and safety information.

The hotel employees can volunteer to sign up to bike to work during the week of May 16 to encourage health and explore the community!

Learn more about Bike Week here:

The Langham is located at 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue. Visit for more information.

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The Hollywood + Vine bike hub is opening May 19 and here’s what you need to know about it


The first Metro Bike Hub opened at El Monte Station in 2015, and now we’re gearing up to open the second at Hollywood and Vine on Friday, May 19. The public is welcome to come to the opening ceremony that morning at 9 a.m.

The Hollywood + Vine Metro Bike Hub has capacity for 64 bicycles and is located around the corner from the Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station. In anticipation of its opening, here’s a quick refresher of seven things you need to know about Metro Bike Hubs.

What is a Metro Bike Hub?

A Metro Bike Hub is a facility that offers bicyclists a safe and convenient place to park their bikes. The hub has controlled entry and 24/7 access for paid members. Attended hours vary by location and offer repair services and bike rentals. There’s a retail section for bike lights, bike locks and many other bike accessories. Metro Bike Hubs also provide free clinics such as Flat Tire Repair and Bicycle Commuting 101.

Why should I use a Metro Bike Hub?

When you park your bike at a bike hub, you’ll know that it is secure. The bike hub has CCTV coverage and a security alarm. Supporting amenities catering to bike commuters make it a one-stop shop for your bike transit needs.

Where are they?

There is currently one Metro Bike Hub located at the front of El Monte Station. The second will be opening in a few weeks at Hollywood and Vine


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LACBC is offering a Bike Communting Essential Workshop tonight



Bike to work day is coming up on Thursday May 18, 2017. Are you thinking of commuting to work for the first time? You probably have questions like:

Which route should I take?

What about transit?

What gear do I need?

What do I wear?

Where do I put my bike when I get to work?

Let LACBC and our friends at Just Ride LA answer your questions in this Bicycle Commuting Essentials workshop. With a little information, you’ll be prepared and feeling confident. We think you’ll enjoy commuting by bicycle and it could become a regular thing for you.

May 08, 2017 at 7pm – 8pm
Just Ride LA
1626 Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Should California allow cyclists to roll through stop signs?

Editorial fro The


Should a bicyclist be allowed to roll though a stop sign when there’s no traffic around? Idaho lawmakers thought so when they loosened rules for bike riders more than 30 years ago, allowing them to treat a stop sign like a yield sign.

Intuitively, it seems unsafe. Don’t we put stop signs in places where traffic needs to, you know, stop? Yet changing the law didn’t result in carnage on Idaho’s streets. Not only didn’t cycling become more dangerous in that state, it apparently got safer. One study found that overall cycling injuries decreased in the year after the law changed and there was no significant change in fatalities. Was that because of the new law? Maybe.

According to Boise bike and pedestrian advocates, the new approach was a success, though the evidence is mostly anecdotal. Motorists didn’t freak out and pedestrians weren’t mowed down by bike riders emboldened to break other rules of the road. And there was no uptick in collisions with bicyclists. That’s great for Boise, but would it work in Burbank? That’s a question California lawmakers will grapple with Monday when they consider passing a version of the “Idaho Stop” law that would allow bicycles statewide to treat stop signs as yield signs. Bikes would still have a legal duty to stop for pedestrians and cars that have the right of way.


New Tech from CNN Tech – The case for bicycles’ inevitable triumph over cars

Bikes, long an underdog on streets, will rule the roads eventually.

That’s the conclusion of Horace Dediu, a prominent analyst of disruptive technologies, who has spent the past three and a half years researching the future of transportation.

Transportation is arguably the hottest frontier in the tech world. Innovators in Silicon Valley and beyond are spending billions to build flying cars and self-driving trucks. Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks of digging costly 30-level tunnel networks for cars. Google cofounder Sergey Brin reportedly has a giant airship.

But as Dediu sees it, a familiar, unglamorous technology will own the future: the bicycle. And the big loser will be cars.

“Bikes have a tremendous disruptive advantage over cars. Bikes will eat cars,” Dediu told CNNTech, referencing investor Marc Andreessen’s seminal 2011 argument that software-driven businesses are dominating the world.

Dediu points to the explosive growth of Chinese bikeshare systems as well as the versatility, low cost and efficiencies of shared bicycles.

Bikeshare bikes of the future, according to Dediu, will be outfitted with cameras and sensors, collecting valuable data for cities. When a cyclist rides over a pothole, it can be automatically reported to a city. Cameras on the bicycle will provide real-time data, such as pedestrian traffic and pollution. Google Street View will look like an antique compared to near real-time imagery collected from bikeshare cameras.

The bikes will need to be carefully constructed so that the cameras and sensors aren’t easily broken during use.

Software and electrification are slowly transforming the auto industry. There’s talk of self-driving cars flooding streets in five or 10 years. It will likely take even longer for electric vehicles to go mainstream.

Dediu argues that electric, connected bikes will arrive en masse before autonomous, electric cars. Riders will barely have to pedal as they whiz down streets once congested with cars.


Bikes’ flexible nature will aid their popularity. You can park a bicycle in your home or your office. A bike can be carried on a bus, car or train. A car doesn’t offer this versatility. A similar case of disruption played out with cameras, as the always-in-your-pocket nature of smartphones helped them leave traditional cameras in the dust.

Bikes have another edge on cars — speed. New York’s shared bicycles have already been shown to travel at a faster average speed than city taxis during peak hours. They’re also more affordable per mile.

While the speed edge seen in New York today doesn’t hold up in every city, it will likely change as electric bicycles emerge. Electric bikes — whose motors generally top out at 20 mph — will attract customers because they don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat, struggling to climb a hill or keeping up with traffic.

“When you get on an electric bike, what we witnessed is a lot of those anxieties are calmed,” said Elliott McFadden, executive director of the Austin B-Cycle, the city’s bikeshare program. It recently surveyed citizens’ interest in electric bikes.

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