Bicycle friendly health system



Tuesday February 6, 2018. The Regents Health Services Committee is meeting at UCLA. The time: 12:15 pm in the new Luskin Conference Center (agenda). This is a sub-committee of the UC Regents tasked to guide the UC Health system. During public comment, the Bicycle Academy will highlight the need for our state-wide health provider to address its automotive bias and to assert more clearly, in actions and in words, that cycling is good for you. We no longer can afford to ignore what public health experts are teaching us about the health benefits of active transportation. Please join us for this event, and share how you want this health system to improve its attitude towards active modes of transport.

We will remind the Regents and the experts present that a bicycle friendly health system

  1. offers significant financial benefits because for a self-insured employer a healthier workforce means real savings
  2. offers a low cost yet highly effective way to improve population health, well-being and disease prevention in the community

We will also remind the Regents and the experts

  1. that in spite of wide-spread anxieties about bicycle use, obesity and its attendant co-morbidities are a far bigger public health hazard than cycling injuries
  2. that the lack of active living options is responsible for a large part of our fast growing health expenditure
  3. that guidance from the highest level of the organisation is required, comparable to the surgeon generals warning about smoking,
  4. that the established division between transport planning and health policies effectively prevents accessing the multiple benefits (health, sustainability, community) of the medical device with two wheels
  5. that other health systems (NHS, Canada) have developed guidance that requires medical offices and hospitals to prioritize active modes, and to collaborate with local authorities to achieve a street network that can safely accommodate active modes
  6. that the League of American Bicyclists offers a program that can certify a Hospital as a Bicycle Friendly Business
  7. that there is a large unmet demand for CDC accredited Diabetes Prevention Programs with an emphasis on safe and confident cycling, or similar “Cycling on Prescription” programs
  8. that this innovative program is very much of the Golden State, that it should be spearheaded by an academic health center, and that it should be initiated right here, on the most healthy campus of the system (etc)

Modern bikes welcomed at Eroica California in new category


The fourth annual Eroica California will, for the first time, include a category for cyclists on modern road bikes.

The April 14-15 event will include its regular vintage bike “ride to the ocean.” It will also include a new event, called NOVA Eroica, that is open to all drop bar road bikes. The NOVA Eroica also will include timed segements and will be limited to 200 entrants.

The event will continue to offer vintage bike rides on four routes, ranging from 40 to 127 miles. The longer rides include gravel road sections. The event opens with a festival that include a vintage bike pageant and vintage market.

Registration is open at

The California event is part of the Eroica series that includes events in South Africa, Tuscany, Japan, Spain, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

Work Starts on Transformation of Spring and Main Streets



Work has begun on a $1.9 million transformation of Main and Spring streets in the Historic Core and Civic Center. When the multi-phase project is complete, access for pedestrians and bicycles will be enhanced.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation launched the project with upgrades to some southbound lanes of Spring Street. Overall, the work will make crosswalks more visible, create new signals for cyclists and facilitate left turns.

The upgrades will be on Spring between First and Ninth streets and Main between Cesar Chavez Avenue and Ninth Street. LADOT will also move bike lanes from the right side of Spring and Main streets to the left. That will clear up conflicts with buses loading and unloading on the right side of the street, according to Oliver Hou, a spokesman for LADOT.

“Spring and Main are one way,” Hou said. “That hopefully eliminates the conflict.”

The new bike lanes will be “protected,” meaning they will be adjacent to the curb, while parking spots will be moved off the curb and instead placed closer to traffic, separated by vertical barriers.

Currently, bike lanes on Spring and Main have no physical separation from traffic, and are simply denoted by being painted green.


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Azores big ride: volcanic craters, tropical landscapes and beautiful roads


The exotic islands of the Azores have until recently been no more than a distant, pulsing blip on the radar of intrepid cyclists, a seductive siren call to uncharted adventures away from the more celebrated cycling terrain of continental Europe.

Marooned 1,360km west of the Portuguese coast and 1,925km southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, the archipelago shelters a world of lush subtropical gorges, dazzling crater lakes and towering volcanic ridges, adrift in the crashing waves of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Tales of pirate attacks and mythical princesses are interwoven in the folklore of the islands, but the stories of visiting cyclists are only just beginning to be written.

Revered as ‘the Hawaii of the Atlantic’ for its lavish beauty, the Azores is a cluster of nine volcanic islands that exists as an autonomous region of Portugal.

This seemingly distant terrain is now accessible by a four-hour direct flight from the UK – the same time it takes to fly to the Spanish cycling mecca of Tenerife. But the Azores isn’t a destination where cyclists come to retrace the training rides of pro cyclists – it’s a spectacular island arena that beckons you to uncover new adventures of your own.

To cycle around its shipwreck-riddled coastline and jagged crater ridges feels like exploring a forgotten island paradise.

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Cyclists Aren’t the Only Ones Responsible for Their Safety



Cyclists don’t break the rules any more than drivers. So why do we put more pressure on them to behave?

More than any other state, Florida has a problem with cyclists. Specifically, it kills them: Florida has the highest per-capita rate of cycling deaths in the country, three times the national average. In 2015 it accounted for 18 percent of all cycling fatalities on U.S. roads. One hundred and fifty people died while biking in Florida that year.

A study by Tampa’s Center for Urban Transportation Research offers new insights into the reasons behind these grim statistics. But even as it highlights real problems and suggests solutions for protecting people who bike, the report falls into a common trap: It puts more of the onus for safety on cyclists, not the drivers who kill them.

New Data, Old Solutions?

The study, which came out last fall but more recently gained traction in bike safety circles, used cameras, GPS, and proximity sensors to record 2,000 hours of riding data from 100 cyclists. Participants also self-reported behavior on questionnaires. What the study found should hardly surprise anyone who bikes: Cyclists obeyed traffic laws at almost the same rate as drivers (88.1 percent compared to 86 percent), and while near-collisions were rare during the study period, drivers were at fault in three of four reported incidents. A driver was also at fault in the lone crash recorded in the study.

Yet cyclist education still dominates the authors’ recommendations for safer streets. Of the 12 suggestions they put forth in the conclusion, five target cyclist education, two target driver education, and one is an enforcement campaign aimed at both groups. The four remaining points suggest infrastructure improvements like protected bike lanes.


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Ciclavia – Heart of the Foothills

CicLAvia kicks off 2018 with a brand new route – Heart of the Foothills – on Sunday, April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day! The country’s largest open streets event will connect the City of San Dimas, the City of La Verne, the City of Pomona and the City of Claremont! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space!

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email!

Download the Route Map

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for April 22nd:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

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Why New Bike Lanes Are Good For Everyone — Yes, Even Drivers


Protected bike lanes are a favourite punching bag for Canada’s pundits and politicians.

Lawrence Solomon recently called for Toronto to “ban the bike” in one of his three columns on the subject in the span of a month. Rob Ford made a career out of condemning the “war on the car” and ripping out bike lanes. Loren Gunter of the Edmonton Sun accused the city government of inflating its usage statistics in favour of elite bike riders, then arbitrarily cut the number of riders in half to make the point that they were a waste.

Fortunately, while they may be entitled to their opinions, that privilege doesn’t extend to facts. Countless studies have been published over the years to test the impact of bike lanes — and the results are pretty clear.

So, what do we know?:

One user group, though, is benefitting even while frequently being the most opposed to the lanes: drivers who don’t bike.

Study after study has shown the ways that drivers benefit directly or indirectly from bike lanes, and yet drivers are the most likely to disapprove of bike lanes: in Toronto, 57 per cent of drivers who don’t bike do not support the Bloor Street project.

But they should. Here’s why.

Bike lanes mean fewer conflicts

Not only do bike lanes make the roads safer for cyclists, but they also reduce crashes and near-misses between cars. In Toronto, there was a 71 per cent decrease in car/car conflicts. That’s an even bigger reduction than there was in conflicts between cars and bikes and between cars and pedestrian, both of which fell by more than half.

“The overall tenor of the street changes,” says Tom Babin, a Calgary cyclist and author of the book Frostbike: The Joy, Pain, and Numbness of Winter Cycling.

“It’s a little less car-dominated, a little more human scaled. All of that improves safety for everyone using it.”

In Toronto, there is one caveat: there was a 61 per cent increase in conflicts between bikes and pedestrians, but those tend not to be as serious (a similar study in New York found pedestrian injuries actually fell by more than a fifth)  — and crashes overall went down by 44 per cent.

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How To: Avoid Cycling Burnout



We’ve all experienced the feeling: it’s cold, rainy and dark outside. Getting out of bed becomes progressively harder even though the days are actually getting longer. Old man winter seems to be dragging his feet on forever and that burnt out mood you experienced at the end of 2017 won’t go away. What can one possibly do to avoid that horrible feeling towards the activity we all know and love so much?

Let’s be honest, 2017 was a long year for many reasons even beyond cycling. I myself leaned on the bike more than ever to avoid the common life stressors and the multitude of additional ones that seemed to keep piling on with each passing month. I rode more and more, accumulated miles of adventures around the country and had one of my biggest years to date in the saddle. From overnighters to races to commuting and everything in between, it’s hard to remember a day I didn’t get out and ride. But now the New Year has arrived and I’m starting to feel burnt out even before getting started on 2018 plans. What in the world can I do to avoid complete and utter destruction of my fitness and fun that kept me rolling throughout the entire year?


1. Take a break.

Although difficult, I find taking a whole week off from activity is the best refresher available. It doesn’t matter if it’s at the end of the year, start of a new year or the middle of summer. Sometimes I just need to hit the reset button. For me this means virtually no activity, except for walking my dog. I find after only a couple days I’m feeling refreshed, scheming up my next big adventure and viola! Cycling burnout avoided.

2. Pursue another athletic endeavor.

Let’s say you already took your week long break and avoided burning out, but only a few months later find it creeping back into your psyche. Look no further than trying something new. Instead of completely avoiding exercise, pick up a new activity (or old one who haven’t done in a while) that gets your heart pumping and endorphins flowing, albeit in a different way. Trying hitting your local rock gym if you’re craving a social atmosphere or if solo sweating is your thing, dust off those trusty running shoes (gasp!) and jog for 30 minutes a couple times a week. Before long, you’ll realize how much you miss strapping on your helmet and you’ll be back in the saddle in no time.


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​25 Milestones Every New Cyclist Can’t Wait to Reach



From nailing your layering to riding clipless (without toppling), so many sweet rewards await you at every turn


Ah, to be a new cyclist. Every ride presents an opportunity for a personal record, a new road or trail to explore, and fitness to be gained. As a new rider, you might have specific events you’re working toward completing, like a first gran fondo or triathlon. Alternatively, after riding with more experienced friends, you might have a particular skill you’re hoping to master. Even if you’re purely riding for fun or “just” commuting to and from work each day, there will eventually be milestones you’ll fondly look back on.

We’ve rounded up 25 such moments that new cyclists often look forward to achieving. Some of them might not be goals you even realized you had, but once you’ve hit them, you’ll be able to recognize—and appreciate—how far you’ve come since you first started riding bikes.

Surviving a 40-degree ride without freezing—or sweating your ass off

Knowing how to dress for winter riding is an art. Accumulating all the necessary warmers, vests, jackets, and knickers is the first step. But learning to layer them so that you can ride in frosty conditions without shivering the whole time—or overshooting and drowning yourself in sweat—is the sign of true mastery. Not only does this prove you have enough determination and grit to ride when it’s cold out, but it also shows you’ve endured enough trial-and-error layering experiments to develop your own algorithm for happy riding.


Your first Strava crown

Maybe it was an accident, or maybe you worked tirelessly toward that King or Queen of the Mountain for months. Either way, seeing your name in the #1 spot on the Strava leaderboards is pretty sweet. While you may not have yet achieved any trophies in real life, that Strava crown proves you’re the fastest at something, somewhere, on your bicycle, and that’s certainly worth celebrating.

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