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Bike Night at Union Station – May 26

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station, hosted by Metro. This family-friendly event celebrates the bicycle as a mode of transportation with music, fun, and food. This year, bring the kids to practice their skills at a bike rodeo hosted by Walk ‘n Rollers, and at crafting stations hosted by Side Street Projects. Not just for kids, bring your helmet to decorate with CicLAvia and your cornhole skills to play for prizes at the Metro booth.

DJ Garth Trinidad of KCRW will provide tunes to groove to throughout the evening. Some of your favorite food trucks will be there too!

Interested in biking more but not sure about how? Learn about the resources coming to your community soon at Bike Night. Staff will be available throughout the event to talk to you about bicycle lanes, gear tips, safety, and upcoming classes and rides.

Bike Night is free and will feature special guests, entertainment, food and drink vending, prizes, and the faces of Los Angeles County’s bicycle community groups. Complementary bike valet will be provided.

 

 

Frogtown’s Spoke Bicycle Cafe Adds Beer and Wine to the LA River Experience

From LA.Eater.com

The onetime coffee stop and tuneup shop gets an all-day makeover

Frogtown’s shine continues with the reemergence of Spoke Bicycle Cafe. The once-quaint riverside outlet for coffee and a tune-up has become something much more, with a full lineup of beer and wine to complement an all-day menu.

As LA Weekly notes, the opening of the cafe space is happening today, under the direction of owners Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica. Laura Parsley-Gonzales is in as chef, following a stint at vegan Highland Park cafe Kitchen Mouse.

That means the food has a healthy-ish bent, with lunchtime bowls, a veggie burger, and morning tofu scramble. You’ll also find burgers, a full lineup of breakfast plates, plus coffee and drinks. The full daytime menu is below, and the restaurant plans to expand into full dinner hours in the coming weeks.

 

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Colorado’s new professional cycling race attracts 14 top pro teams

From Bizjournals.com

Colorado’s professional cycling race, which was shortened to four days and combined with a gated music and market festival, has attracted more than a dozen top international and domestic pro teams, organizers said today.

The re-invented professional cycling race, the Colorado Classic, has a field of 14 international and domestic pro teams including four World Tour teams to race in its four-day event in August.

The Colorado Classic will debut this summer as the new version of the state’s professional cycling race and replaces the USA Pro Challenge, which was a hugely popular seven-day race across the state, but lost money each of the five years of its existence. The race folded last year.

Colorado Classic is a four-day event with point-to-point racing, instead of the more than 600-mile stage race across that the Pro Challenge used.

And organizers have combined the race with a gated music and market festival, which will feature top bands and 200 vendors in the River North neighborhood. The race is Aug. 10-13 and will be in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver.

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Final stage opens to make Shikoku a ‘holy land for cyclists’

From Asashi.com

MATSUYAMA—Ehime Prefecture has opened a 1,000-kilometer loop cycling course that runs through Shikoku island, the final step in a campaign to make the prefecture a “holy land for cyclists.”

The prefecture estimates it will take cyclists 11 days to complete the route, which starts from and ends at the prefectural capital of Matsuyama.

“I will make every effort to establish the habit of moving around Shikoku on bicycles,” Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura, wearing cycling gear, said in March about the opening of the course.

Shikoku is already home to attractive bicycle routes.

The 70-km Setouchi Shimanami Kaido course, which connects Imabari in Ehime Prefecture with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, was selected as one of the world’s seven most incredible bike routes by U.S. broadcaster CNN.

Cyclists hop from island to island in the Seto Inland Sea over seven bridges that provide spectacular views.

Although the four prefectures on Shikoku opened a cycling course in 2014, the latest loop route was developed by Ehime Prefecture alone by adding some scenic spots to the existing course.

 

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Peter Sagan Wheelie Tour of California

Peter Sagan is a true showman, and one of the best things about professional cycling.

 

Want to Avoid Brain Damage? Wear a Bike Helmet!

Read MoreFrom Independent.com

Helmet use reduces the odds of a head injury by up to 50 percent and further reduces the odds of facial or neck injury by 33 percent.

 

Have you noticed how many people ride around our town without a helmet? I asked a younger friend about this, who informed me, “Wearing a helmet isn’t cool.”

Pity.

Any real cyclist knows that there are two types of riders: (1) those who have gone down, and (2) those who will go down.

I should know. I have gone down — more than once.

One of the only times I did not wear my helmet, I was slowly riding my bike behind my house when my foot slipped off the pedal. I was thrown down, my head hitting the pavement. I was able to get up and walk into my house, where I promptly passed out on my bed. When I finally woke up, I had no idea how long I had been knocked out. Needless to say, I had an ongoing headache for three days.

Fortunately, I did not suffer the long-term symptoms of a brain injury: difficulty thinking, attention deficit, memory problems, or mood swings. For others, severe injuries of this nature can lead to depression, employment problems, relationship issues, frustration, aggression, and increased mortality.

An increasing number of drivers are distracted by texting or talking on their cell phones. A bicyclist is easily missed, especially by a tourist who is busy taking in the scenery rather than focusing their attention on the road.

Cyclists, many of whom are students who use cycling as their main form of transportation, are vulnerable to the distracted driver.

Various studies (by, among others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Transportation, and American Journal of Surgery) highlight why it is so important to always wear a helmet:

 

 

Pasadena Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Meeting

Community Meeting
Thursday, May 25th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pasadena City Hall, Grand Conference Room,
City Hall Basement, Room S038, 100 North Garfield Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

The purpose of this meeting is to update the City of Pasadena’s Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Fee (TR/TIF).  This fee is designed to plan for the needs of projected future development within the City through the horizon year 2035.  New development projects will pay their “fair share” of the cost of future transportation improvements.  The fee anticipates and mitigates the impacts of growth on City streets by providing quality transit service, building bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

Included in the City’s transportation facilities needs list are Complete Streets projects, Traffic Operations, Bike Facilities, Pedestrian Improvements, and Local Transit Improvements.  Sources of the projects include the General Plan – Mobility Element, the Pasadena ITS Master Plan Framework, the Pasadena Bicycle Master Plan, the ADA Transition Plan, and Specific Plan.

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5 Ways Biking Is Getting Easier in L.A.

From LAMag.com

 

Cycle hubs and exclusive lanes are popping up all over the city

We’re in the middle of Bike Month—designated by our local transit agency, Metro—with a big push to increase our city’s relatively anemic cycling numbers. With Bike to Work Day on Wednesday (free refreshments, bike tchotchkes, and gratis rides on trains and buses) and Bike Night (a party ride through DTLA) on May 26, it seems a good time to highlight how L.A. is ever-so-slowly turning into a bike town.

• Bike Hubs
Metro will cut the ribbon on its newest bike hub, “a facility that offers bicyclists a safe and convenient place to park their bikes,” on Friday near the Hollywood/Vine subway station. Cyclists will be able to access the enclosed space 24/7 and purchase lights, locks, and other amenities. Metro previously opened a bike hub at the El Monte bus station, and will be opening one at Union Station next year and near the Culver City Expo station in 2018.

• The Bike Share Is Expanding
It took L.A. a long time to get a bike share up and running, and the rollout hasn’t been without hiccups. That said, more bikes and docking stations are being added throughout the city. The L.A. waterfront is getting 11 new stations and 120 bikes around San Pedro and Wilmington, likely by the summer. Venice and Pasadena will also be joining the party, and Culver City is looking at getting its own bike share, as well.

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Jose Jimenez and Traffic School for People on Bikes

From LA.Streetsblog.org

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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