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CicLAvia Headed to Culver City/Venice This Sunday!

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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!
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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.

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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.

 

 

 

The Cycling Tech that Just Keeps on Innovating

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bikelaneCycling goes hand in hand with technological development and environmentally friendly thinking. While the bike and the cyclist are naturally the beating heart of this relationship, there is one little piece of technology which has helped improve the lives and safety of cyclists the world over while not costing us the earth.

That little something is the humble LED bulb. At the beginning of the 90s it came in and replaced the inefficient easy-to-break incandescent bulb as the bike light to use. Since then it has become more effective and more powerful while using a fraction of the energy to use. While it gets more and more affordable, it is also getting better, and crucially, is flexible enough to be woven into a range of new technologies.

Some of these innovations are directly tied to improving cyclist safety. These include:

  • Safety projections - so cars know you are in their blind spot
  • Light display coats - safer than the headlight and the glow in the dark coat combined
  • Illuminated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians - reducing the need for streetlights on some paths.

These are just some of the ideas being developed. You can learn more about these and more by checking out this article on how LEDs are helping to make cyclists safer.

 

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Bike Week 2016 Wrap-Up

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blog headerMiss out on all the UCLA Bike Week festivities? Don’t worry. We’ll fill you in.

Hundreds of people biked into our pit-stops for Bike Week, and our Bike Luncheon was a huge hit! Attendees enjoyed tacos, ice cream and free Bike Week promotional items such as water bottles, T-shirts, bicycle repair kits and more!

Thanks to the UCLA Bike Shop, UCLA Bike Coalition, Helen's Cycles, Urban Tacos and Peddler's Creamery.

Check out all our photos here. Hope you enjoyed the ride!

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The 10 Best Bike Rides In Los Angeles

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bikelaneIt’s Bike Week! What better way to celebrate than by trying out one of these amazing bike trails that are here right in your backyard? Trust us, this is a list you won’t want to pass up.

  1. Marvin Braude Bike Trail: First on our list of the Best Bike Trails in L.A is the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, aka “The Strand.” Starting on Will Rogers State Beach, this bike trail stretches a total of 22 miles, taking you on a trip through the entire Pacific Palisades area. This beautiful stretch provides a picture perfect cruise for bicyclists and tourist hoping to experience many of L.A.'s beloved beach towns, such as Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan, Redondo and Hermosa.
  1. Griffith Park Bike Loop: Griffith Park, also known as the largest park in Los Angeles, has much more to bring to the table than just the L.A. Zoo, Greek Theatre, and the Griffith Observatory. It’s also home to a beautifully scenic and green nine mile bike loop famously known as the Griffith Park Bike Loop. Cyclist have the option of starting from the northern tip by taking Zoo Drive at Riverside Drive or they can advance from the south by taking Crystal Springs Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard. These two routes eventually join and form the famous loop. Don’t have a bike? No problem! Rental bikes are available inside the park.
  1. CicLavia: CicLAvia is an event that, in their own words,"catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.” This is an experience that as a cyclist, is truly unique and memorable. Make sure to check out their site for more info on how to register and details on the next location!
  1. The Donut: Known for its vintage feel and historic significance, The Donut in Palos Verdes is one of the oldest loops here in LA dating all the way back to the late 1960’s. This loop stands as a 28-mile directly following Palos Verdes Drive and along the Palos Verdes Peninsula from the south to the east and looping right back around.
  1. Santa Clarita Cloverleaf: Neighboring the Santa Clara River, this trail contains many picture perfect scenes along its great selection of recreational space for all cyclers. This bike trail is also very safe as anyone who chooses to ride through this awesome trail can also look for bike lockers just in case you want to talk a walk through some of the nearby parks. For a map of Santa Clarita trails and parks, click here.
  1. Ballona Creek Bike Path: This bike trail, which connects the coast and Culver City,directly follows the fabulous waterway for about 7 miles. This trail contains breathtaking views of the Ballona Wetlands, the Baldwin Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains. Start from above the Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Playa del Rey and take a stroll all the way down to Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver.
  1. Metro Orange Line Bike Path: Beginning at the North Hollywood Metro station at Chandler Boulevard and following the east valley, you will head up Orange Line Stations, where you will hit the one and only, Metro Orange Line Bike Path.  Choose from class II and I levels which are made available to all riders available at this specific bike path. The best part about this path is that you won’t have to worry about parking if you are hauling your bike as this locations is adjacent from the MTA bus-way.  Bike lockers and racks are also offered by the Metro Stations.
  1. Sepulveda River Basin Loops: This grandiose trail loops around the 2000-acre Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. It is also known for being a very friendly filled space for all kinds of bird life. This path is also one of the very few locations where you can see the Los Angeles River in its natural form. While this 9 mile loop may seem like a long ways to go, it is recommended to take the 2.5-mile section of the path that passes through Lake Balboa Park and Woodley Avenue Part's. Basic amenities are also provided along with some awesome outdoors activities such as boating and equipment rentals, fishing, golf courses, and baseball fields.
  1. Long Beach Bike Path: The Long Beach Bike Path, which starts Shoreline Village, stands as a 17-foot-wide concrete trail that provides a beautiful sight of the nearby lighthouse and cuts through the beach and leads you straight to Alamitos Bay. For more rides around the LBC, click here.
  1. Beverly Hill Star Home Loop: Want to take a peek at some celebrity homes that can only be seen in movies?  If so, then this is the perfect ride for you. On top of this peaceful and exciting journey that you will have on this trail, there is also a Self-Guided Movie Star Homes Bike Tour nearby. Available 365 days a year,this path is approximately 3 hours long. But, do not expect a flat path as this place isn't called Beverly Hills for nothing.