November 2017

LACBC 2017 Open House

From LA-Bike.org

Celebrate with LACBC as we reflect back and look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2018! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and fun! Every attendee will be entered into a free drawing for a chance at great prizes!

Entry is free for all LACBC members. Not a member? You can sign up here, or purchase a membership at the door.

No one will be turned away at the door!

2018 Southern California Bicycle Racing Schedule

SOCAL’S 2018 BIKE RACING SEASON KICKS OFF WITH THE ICE BREAKER GRAND PRIX

The  2018 Southern California Road Calendar has been added to SoCalCycling.com’s Event Calendars. The bike racing season will begin on January 14th with the Ice Breaker Grand Prix in Ontario.

We recently enhanced our SoCalCycling.com event calendars with some new features for each event including a registration link, social media sharing, add to iCal and GoogleCal, in addition to the event’s details.

 

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WOW! Hidden underground bunker, tunnel with 1,000 bikes found in homeless encampment

From LATimes.com

 

As Orange County officials clear out homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River, they are making some unexpected discoveries.

In one area, they found an underground bunker accessible from a wooden hatch camouflaged with dirt.

In another, more than 1,000 bicycles tucked in a separate tunnel were found.

The county began clearing more than 150 homeless people from the area between Warner and Edinger avenues on Nov. 7 after months of complaints from nearby condominium residents about unsanitary conditions and other nuisances at the encampment.

Lt. Jeff Puckett said the Sheriff’s Department has made more than 260 arrests in the past several months in various encampments along the river trail in connection with crimes such as robbery, assault and trespassing.

However, homeless advocates have contended the county is criminalizing homelessness and shuffling the camps’ population around instead of solving the growing problem.

When public works crews arrived to clean up trash two weeks ago, they discovered more than 1,000 bicycles tucked into a tunnel along the concrete river bed in Santa Ana, just south of the river’s Fairview Street overpass.

Bike hub opens at Union Station tomorrow

From LA.Curbed.com

 

Secure storage for almost 200 bikes

 

Union Station is upping its bike game. A big, new bike hub will open Wednesday at the Downtown transportation center, The Source reports.

Metro’s already got bike hubs in Hollywood and El Monte, but this one is the biggest, with room for 192 bikes.

All that bike parking will be a secure way for transit riders to store their bicycles, potentially eliminating the need for hub members to take their bikes aboard buses and trains departing from Union Station.

The bike hub will also provide real-time information for buses and trains (including Amtrak and Metrolink) arriving and departing the station, and, during staffed hours, will have bike repairs and a retail shop.

The hub will offer secure access to paid members 24/7. Seven-day passes cost $5. A 30-day pass is $12, and a one-year pass is $60.

A grand opening is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday. This is the second Metro bike hub to open this year, and there are additional hubs planned in Culver City and at the Blue Line’s Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station.

 

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Cycle of Disrepair – From KCET

From KCET.org

 

Los Angeles has some of the worst streets in America and the degradation and disrepair is costing the city millions in costly personal injury claims. What’s being done to fix L.A.’s roadways and stop the costly litigation?

 

 

Turn your bike into a mobile urban farm

From Mashable.com

 

People’s Industrial Design Office, a sister company of People’s Architecture Office, which we have covered before, came up with the idea of Bike Share Farm during a 72-hour coding marathon in Seoul organized by the Art Center Nabi. They created a bike frame that attaches to almost any bicycle and puts in use a hydroponic system that lets you grow plants even if there is no soil.

This system is solar powered and essentially makes it possible for people in vertically developed megacities to get involved in communal urban farming activities, especially in places where actual garden spaces are almost obsolete.