As a volunteer lead system of education and group commuter rides, LA Bike Trains is a dynamic system. Helping people get confident in riding the streets of LA to work or school. In a group, or just ready to head out on their own. We’re getting back to basics on Thursday, May 19th for ‘Bike to Work Day’ with new routes, fun pit stops with free coffee/snack and cheerful local supporters along the way.

Check out the facebook page, and events for a route that works for you.

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Many routes have an opportunity-challenge issue of being too long or not quite right. And while that’s easy for our volunteer conductors to navigate, it frequently scares off folks who don’t feel comfortable speaking up asking for extra help or to meet up or leave at a different spot. Silly, but people can be shy or afraid to speak up.

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We have a series of developments we’re working on to address that with the benefit of being able to make a lot of our ‘curated’ routes accessible to anyone – at any time – even outside the scheduled bike train.

Bike Trains are the ultimate solution to the ‘First Mile – Last Mile’ problem, but we’ve had not much luck in funding development. But sometime good things happen with enough patience.

 

 

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Grand Park LA
221 N Broadway Ave

TIMES:

  • 10am Gates Open
  • 11am Beer Garden
  • noon Workshops & Live Music
  • 7pm Event ends

TICKETS: https://bci.yapsody.com/event/index/26034/los-angeles-bicycle-festival
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/RiRRvkOFhpY
FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/378835955649347/

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival

Tickets are on sale now for an arts festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds at Grand Park LA directly across from LA City Hall. Happening Sunday, May 8, 2016 it’s a big party to the enjoy amazing bikes, art, music, and culture that has developed in Los Angeles.

  • Interactive art and lawn games
  • LA’s Best Food Trucks
  • Beer Garden w/ New Belgium & Angel City
  • Alternative music line up featuring verBS and KaTYOinH
  • Large playground and kid’s area
  • Over 35 bike companies, groups and orgs

All the best things (art. music. food. beer. bikes.) come together this Mother’s Day. Enthusiasts will be thrilled to check out vendors and gear, but the music, art food and beer make this one of the best small festivals happening in 2016. Like speed dating, festival wander through the festival grounds and discover the kind of bikes, rides, groups and organizations that match their style.

SPREAD THE WORD
From social media, in-store promotion or traditional media – we want you to join us and share an amazing day together. A full schedule of musical acts and workshops is listed on the facebook event page.Keep up with #LABikeFest on facebook / event page
Twitter @BicycleCulture

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As the world slowly begins to realize that cycling holds solutions and answers to many of the problems presented by modern living, e-bikes are also continuing to find excellent use in commercial establishments. While they’d always been used for health and fitness, recently they’ve been reported to generate 650,000 jobs in Europe alone – a number that’s set to increase as more people become aware of the benefits of riding e-bikes.

Additionally, e-bikes have many benefits to people who struggle with the climate in Nevada. These effective bikes can allow people with disabilities, the elderly, overweight or even people who just struggle with the intense temperatures in Nevada to navigate the state easier and in a more cost-effective manner.

Las Vegas is a busy metropolitan city known for nothing if not for lavish, extravagant lifestyles, one casino has continued to break boundaries by beginning to offer electronic bike tours to their patrons. Because of the continued expansion of online gambling, many casinos in the world over have begun turning to alternative experiences to draw customers in. While online casino operator Gala Casino is able to release new games every week, adding to their 400-game roster, casinos in Vegas are limited to the slot machines announced and released in gaming conventions a couple of times a year. This is why casinos have been forced to look for alternative ways to draw people in, and seeing the desert wilderness of Nevada in their backyard, and one casino has already sought to utilize this.

The Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas has been known for its amazing outdoor adventure packages, sending patrons on hikes across the desert and into mountains to discover hidden hot springs, riding on horseback from the morning til the late afternoon, and even river rafting below Hoover Dam to Black Canyon. Over the years, their outdoor adventure packages have created a whole new perspective shift for those vacationing in Las Vegas – it’s not all about gambling and partying; it can be about exploring nature as well.

As if inspired by the success seen by Red Rock Casino, Red Electric Bike Tours was established, stunning guests with a 13-mile guided tour that lasts 3 hours, taking guests across the Red Rock National Conservation Area on electric Energie bicycles. The tours are a stellar success, scoring a whopping 99% rating from 114 reviews on TripAdvisor. It’s currently ranked 8th out of more than 600 activities to do in Vegas, and glowing reviews for the activity range from people calling it the highlight of their whole vacation to it being fun for the whole family. The tour is managed and held by John and Allison – two charming people who are “laser-focused” on providing a great trip to their customers, with John even offering refunds for those who are not completely satisfied with the tour.

Red Electric Bike Tours makes use of Energie bicycles, a Las Vegas brand of e-bikes that come quite cheap for their specs previously featured on Electric Bike Report. It’s great to see that these bikes have seen tremendous success in Las Vegas over the span of two years, and soon, we may see various other establishments around Sin City begin to offer electric bike tours to their patrons.

editor: this is a contributed post.

DoLA.com is an amazing resource for the most awesome concerts happening in Los Angeles (and cool outposts, like Pappy & Harriet’s). We’re super excited they’re helping promote the music line up AND running a fun contest to win a FREE Dahon folding bike.

Come out for the chance to win a new bike, and stick around for some of the best emerging local music talent.

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Bicycle Culture Institute has announced their second LA Bicycle Festival, an urban festival to entertain, connect and inspire bicycling in Los Angeles.

A Bicycle Theme Park
Discover a world of bicycles, art, music and food.

Family friendly workshops, demos, beer garden, interactive art installations, wandering musicians, local ride groups among the most innovative bike + gear brands. Local musicians play live throughout the park, interactive art installations and a photo booth! LA’s Best food trucks, beer garden.

Music Line-up!

1 pm – Mali
https://aniamali.bandcamp.com/

2 pm – The Nashville BrothersRobert Quijano and Money Jeramiah Gibbons

3 pm – Mateo Katsu // Circus of Books
https://mateokatsu.bandcamp.com/track/salvation-mountain

4 pm – Kick a Ten Year Old in the Head // KaTYOitH

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https://lonesomeleash.bandcamp.com/

6 pm – verBS
Http://verbs.bandcamp.com/ Http://twitter.com/verbsisthehomie

Along with these amazing artists, we will have dj’s doing their set sprinkled throughout the day starting at 11 am! Special guests Niantic and others TBA

VIP after party for VIP ticket holders only. Party is at a secret DTLA location nearby with classic cocktails.

KICKSTARTER (tickets, t-shirts, bottles & temporary tattoos!)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/487310213/los-angeles-bicycle-festival

Just tickets, no fee: https://bci.yapsody.com/event/index/26034/los-angeles-bicycle-festival

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103% Funded with 7 days to go – public support for diverse bicycle culture grows in LA.

A Risk Pays Off for Bikes in LA

Without major corporate sponsors, organizers of the Los Angeles Bicycle Festival were forced to turn to crowdfunding to pull off their vision of a ‘Bicycle Theme Park’ where anyone could explore different kinds of bikes, learn about popular topics while enjoying food, beer, music and interactive art installations.

“We wanted a big, centrally located venue so everyone in LA can attend and easily get there. Not just a small event for one neighborhood. Grand Park is ideal for that, but the cost is intense.”

Crowdfunding was a way to measure how much the bike community in LA and general public wanted something like this to happen. Reaching 103% funded with 7 days to go is a huge indication that Los Angeles wants a fun festival… and become a bike friendly place that cares about people.

“The most popular reward has been buying tickets for people who can’t afford the $15 family ticket. That’s been my favorite surprise to come out of this.”

As the level of funding increases, organizers will be able to do more fun stuff and make more free tickets available, through other nonprofit partners, such as the East Side Riders in Watts and the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. Inquiries from other nonprofits are welcome.

Tickets are on sale now for an arts festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds at Grand Park LA directly across from LA City Hall. Happening Sunday, May 8, 2016 it’s a big party to the enjoy amazing bikes, art, music, and culture that has developed in Los Angeles.

  • Interactive art and lawn games
  • LA’s Best Food Trucks
  • Beer Garden w/ New Belgium & Angel City
  • Alternative music line up featuring Lonesome Leash, verBS and KaTYOinH
  • Large playground and kid’s area
  • Over 35 bike companies, groups and orgs

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All the best things (art. music. food. beer. bikes.) come together this Mother’s Day. Enthusiasts will be thrilled to check out vendors and gear, but the music, art food and beer make this one of the best small festivals happening in 2016. Like speed dating, festival wander through the festival grounds and discover the kind of bikes, rides, groups and organizations that match their style.

 

We need your help to send a message that Los Angeles isn’t just a car city. Organizers have created a 103% funded kickstarter where anyone can get tickets, tees or water bottles.

SPREAD THE WORD
From social media, in-store promotion or traditional media – we want you to join us and share an amazing day together.

Keep up with #LABikeFest on facebook / event page
Twitter @BicycleCulture

CONTACT: Nona Varnado, Bicycle Culture Institute
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What?! Yes, and it’s gonna be awesome.

But without any corporate sponsors, an event like this lives, blossoms or dies on public support. To make dreams come true, we need your help. Yes, you. Please kick in a few bucks, get a ticket, a tshirt or cute festival gear to help make the dream of bicycles in the car city a party we can all enjoy.

Then let all your friends know about it! Because if other people know you contributed, they’re a lot more likely to follow your good example!

 

 

Wait a minute – is this a blog or a podcast? Where are all the bikes?!

Welcome to the all new Bird Wheel. Listen to an introduction of what’s ahead and why I’m moving away from blogging about bikes to talking about a range of topics (including bikes!) within the frame of FUTURISM. Plus, becoming a podcast allows for talking to some really interesting people – from fancy experts to beautiful weirdos.

Keep up on SOUNDCLOUD (iTunes coming) or join the LA Futurist Society to hear about lots of topics, events and random stuff.

The Bird Wheel is evolving.

It’s becoming a podcast (with multimedia content, pictures, extended notes, event invites) published here. And the general focus, that has already been meandering for quite a while is getting a make over. There’s lots of ladies/urban/gear blogs out there these days and I’m excited about doing something new(ish).

I’ve partnered with some local creatives: LA FUTURIST SOCIETY.12316309_10153857357301812_1959054377329576489_n-1

Together we’re hosting a monthly salon (located in an actual hair salon/art gallery) on futurist issues, showing a futurist themed movie and arguing over drinks about esoteric issues that might be as important as civil rights, universal health care, transportation and what we’ll do for fun IN THE FUTURE. The new BIRD WHEEL podcast will also have an emphasis on exploring the lives of adventurous people and providing an example of how we can encourage (or warn) people from attempting similar adventures.

JOIN US!

Tonight is the first event. We’ll be ignoring the holidays, drinking beer, watching the adorable WALL-E and previewing the first episode of the podcast.

SEE YOU IN THE FUTURE

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It’s a little on the dry side, but the BBC’s recent podcast (41 minutes) is a moving tribute to the bicycle as the answer for… well, most things.

Heat & Light solutions for Africa? Pedal power to the rescue. Women’s liberation = Bikes. Philosophy and urban development? You guessed it – all positively transformed through the bicycle. Take some time to explore how the modest human powered bicycle is positively impacting and inspiring solutions to an impressive range of problems across the globe.

 

Back in August KCRW held a ’24 hour Radio Race’ -like the 48 hour film challenge – and I recruited an audio engineer from the bike scene to do it. It was a disaster, lots of fun and everyone agreed that it felt like the start of something, if not a polished contest piece.

The assignment was something like “a transmission from the year 2050: Time Change.”

I was able to call a ‘Futurist Professor’ and get a list of 8 people making amazing art, architecture, digital tools all around the idea of time.. but nothing we’d be able to complete in 24 hours. As someone obsessed with the the apocalypse/environment I see the 2 issues that are the most cornerstone are solving ‘energy’ and creating a social structure that allows people to live and flourish as jobs disappear. Then, we headed out to our favorite couch on a porch overlooking the Silverlake neighborhood in LA.

We nailed it on the first take. But the microphone wasn’t on or didn’t work. We had 16 hours left.

What came together was a patchwork of bicycling around having free flowing conversations with people we knew liked to ask big questions and sometimes ramble on. Then, around midnight I took a nap and Ben got to work splicing and cleaning. At 3am we walked over to California Donuts. At no point did we ever get into a car.

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I realized that with what we’d put together we needed a lead in and a wrap up. By then I was so tired my mouth couldn’t say words. So many little things could have been another way – but it happened in 24hours and laid down a pretty good foundation. Since then we’ve started the LA Futurist Society, and have new podcasts planned as soon as I can learn some sound editing or trick an editor into getting involved. (Holler!!)

For the race, we didn’t win the big prize – but we did win the “Social Butterfly” prize thanks to my shit talking on the facebook contest page and WTF instagram posts. We did win t-shirts! Because even on the radio, you really shouldn’t be naked.

https://soundcloud.com/enjaminouis/kcrw-radiorace-team-name-tie-me-to-the-mast-title-personal-time-social-change