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Melvin: ‘Thank You For Having the Earn-A-Bike Program’

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Melvin Yee

I work from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the UCLA Immunogenetics laboratory. Since there were no convenient public buses to catch for the ride home, I would drive my car to work. However, with the Earn-A-Bike Program, that has all changed.

The TREK HYBRID bicycle is a nice bike.  Weight-wise, it is a light bike. I had no problem lifting the bike ontoBike and KOBE the dog. the bus bike carrier on those days when not commuting round trip. It is a solid bike for those times in traffic when you must take the street pot hole. Of course, you do your best to avoid them; otherwise, you will damage your wheel.

What can I say about riding home at 2 a.m.? It is more fun than bicycling to work in the afternoon. You still have to be careful since there are still cars on the road at 2 in the morning.

Thank you for having the Earn-A-Bike program.


To find out more about our Earn-A-Bike Program, click here


CicLAvia Headed to Culver City/Venice This Sunday!

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CicLAvia blog header

CicLAvia is kicking off its 2017 activities with a much loved route: Culver City to Venice.

Presented by Metro, the largest open streets event in the country will be held this Sunday, March 26 from 9 a.m - 4 p.m. Streets will be closed off in Venice, Mar Vista, and Culver City to vehicle traffic during this time period. Cyclists, skaters, runners, and pedestrians: Make these streets your playground!
CicLAvia Los Angeles bike ride

If you want even more action, stop by the press event at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Culver City at the intersection of Main Street and Culver Boulevard. Attendees will receive a free commemorative "CicLAvia is for neighbors" button!

See the route map below. For more information, click here. To keep up with the latest CicLAvia news, follow them on Twitter @CicLAvia.



5 Items Everyone Should Have Before Biking In The Rain

Today is the first day of spring, and we all know that April showers bring May flowers, especially given the fact that California just experienced its rainiest winter in years. Weather reports already indicate that two storm systems are headed straight for Southern California.

If biking is your preferred mode of transportation, things can get a little difficult when you add some rain to the mix. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Here’s five items you should always have before biking in the rain.Cyclling Red Bike

1. Bike fender:  Fender’s are absolutely essential, especially after a long night of rain, when you know there will be puddles all over campus.

Without a fender, your rear tire will deposit all the water from a puddle straight to your back or legs.

Having to sit through work or through numerous lectures with a muddy back is not the ideal way to start off your day. Make sure to purchase and install your very own bike fender.

2. Rain jacket:  You know what’s worse than walking around all day with a wet back? Walking around all day wet all over.

Always make sure you have a rain jacket on before you head out on your commute. If you are planning on purchasing one, be sure to grab one with a large hood that is actually waterproof.

3. Rain boots and rain pants:  To avoid walking around campus with wet socks and wet bottoms, make sure to purchase your very own pair of rain pants and rain boots. Sure, you won’t be making a fashion statement in these, but you’ll be glad you wore them at the end Feeling protected in her boots.of the day. Trust me.

If rain pants and rain boots are not your thing, look into an alternative like yoga pants or pants of some other thin, quick drying material. Rain shoes are also just as helpful!

4. Bike seat cover:  No need to carry around paper towels! Buy a waterproof seat cover and say goodbye to your worries.

5. Gloves:  You know what's hard and at times, almost impossible? Locking/unlocking your bike with freezing, slippery fingers. Gloves will not only greatly improve your storm glovesentire trip to campus, but they will also allow you to begin typing and writing as soon as you arrive to class or at your desk, since your hands will actually be warm this time around.

Here’s a tip: buy a pair where the thumb and finger are smartphone compatible so that you can still listen to all your favorite podcasts and music on your way to campus.




LA Bike Share Launches Tomorrow!

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LA's long-awaited bike share system is finally here!

Starting tomorrow, Angelenos will be able to pick up one of 1,000 bikes from 65 bike hubs in Downtown LA at places like Union Station, Chinatown, Grand Park, Little Tokyo and throughout the Arts District. Many bike share stations are near Metro Rail and and Bus lines, giving transit riders direct access to Metro bikes so they can easily combine bicycle and transit trips.

The new system is available exclusively to pass holders until August 1, 2016, when it will open to all users. Riders can purchase a bike share pass here or add a pass to their existing TAP card. Users with monthly and annual passes pay lower rates per ride. A one-way ride of 30 minutes or less will cost $3.50.


Metro created this cool video to show you how to rent and return a bike. Watch it below. For more information, Metro also recently compiled this top 10 list of things you need to know about their new system.

The $11-million program will add LA to the growing number of cities that have welcomed bike sharing as an affordable, convenient way to make short, point-to-point trips without a car.

Metro is currently looking to expand their bike share system to 15 other communities across LA Country, including Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley. At this time, Metro's bikes are incompatible with Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share.

Bike Share Station Map

Bike Share Station Map

LA Bike Festival Kicks Off This Weekend



The Los Angeles Bicycle Festival is rolling into town this Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Aimed at bringing the bicycling community together in a "Bicycle Disneyland," the festival's bike theme park atmosphere includes interactive art, DJs, workshops, vendors, food and a beer garden.

LABFposter16Guests can explore MTB-land, LA Bike City, Roadland, e-Bikeland and the Kid's Bike Village, as well as  watch professional BMX bicyclists perform amazing demos. Bike with experienced cyclists and make new friends during group rides. Walk through a beer garden and savor great eats from crazy-good food trucks, all while checking out the most creative and progressive bike brands and gear, some of which will be raffled off.

Tickets start as low as $10 and can be purchased here. Ditch the car for a day and head over to Grand Park at 221 N. Broadway Avenue to learn what biking culture has to offer!