imgresWEDNESDAY, 3/13
7PM – 10PM
@ Encino Velodrome
17301 Oxnard Street
Encino, CA
FREE!

Learn and experience the different types of track racing. This is an intensive 6 week class that exposes newer track riders to each of the main disciplines of track racing. Each night is devoted to a specific type of race. Be prepared to ride! Riders must complete the beginners class prior to attending this class.
CONTACT: Kieron Menzies ridetheblackline@gmail.com

THURSDAY, 3/14
9AM – 12PM
@ LA Leadership Academy High School
234 East Avenue 33
Lincoln Heights
Metro: Heritage Square Gold Line Station
FREE!

Good buddy and Master Gardener Lora Hall has been working hard developing a school farm program over in Lincoln Heights.  If you have some time, and would love to get your hands dirty, then head over to volunteer or just visit the farm program to help Lora tend to the over 1-acre piece of land.  Think of the children!

FRIDAY, 3/15
Rowena Ave. “Road Diet” Celebration w/ Tom LaBonge
8AM
@ Fire Station 56
2759 Rowena Ave.
Silver Lake
FREE!
If you haven’t heard, Rowena Ave. was restriped early Monday morning to include a BIKE LANE.  The road diet also added a dedicated left-turn lane and reduced through lanes to one in each direction – hopefully slowing down traffic.  This was mostly a response to a pedestrian being struck and killed in April 2012 while crossing Rowena.  You should go out on Friday morning just to see Councilmember Tom LaBonge in action as he dedicates the new road diet; he’s the last breed of the old school politician.
SATURDAY, 3/16
12PM – 3PM
@ Grand Park
Community Terrace
Downtown LA
Metro: Civic Center Red Line Station
FREE!
Two of my favorite things: Grand Park and the Time Bank.  If you’re interested in joining, or just meeting some new people, then head down to this beautiful, urban park for some delicious food and gracious neighbors.

SATURDAY, 3/16

8PM – 10PM
@ The Comrade Club
Santa Fe Lofts
560 S. Main Street, 8th Floor
Downtown LA
FREE!

Buddy Will Wright is hosting this reading event, which features lots of local LA writers.  I’ll be there for a bit at the beginning!  “The COMRADE CLUB is a salon for ideas.  Part artist collective and part business incubator, the COMRADE CLUB is a “private, communal lounge” where members can come together to review a project, share a new concept, brainstorm or just unwind.”

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SUNDAY, 3/17
St. Patrick’s Day

- There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; population of Ireland was 4.4 million at the time).
- There are four places in the United States named Shamrock (West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma) and nine Dublin’s (Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio are most populous) .
- Did not become a national holiday in Ireland in 1903 and the first parade wasn’t held in Dublin until 1931.
- St. Patrick’s true given name was Maewyn Succat.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

All afternoon beer, wine, spirits and food tastings accompanied by Irish music and dance at the The Factory in West Hollywood. Not bike related, unless you bike there. If you have a green bike and drink a green beer, and then post a picture about it on the internet, you’ve officially won.
When:March 17, 2012 2 pm
Where: The Factory, 652 N La Peer, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cost: $35-65
Info:stpattysfest.com, 213-915-8003

url-1SUNDAY, 3/17
3AM – 7AM
Start at 4AM @ Tan’s Donut, Sunset Blvd.
Finish @ Ocean / Montana, Santa Monica
FREE!
I’ve been waiting for this event for 2 years, and I can finally ride it this year.  Who’s with me?  The crash race is a bike ride where riders take over the 26 mile LA Marathon course, which is closed off to vehicular traffic starting at 4AM.  It’s the only time of year in LA where 26 continuous miles of streets are not only clear of cars, but also free of traffic lights!  I will be making a very pleasant pace down to Santa Monica with the Echo Park Bike Posse and Bodacious Bike Babes; I will not be doing racing pace.  Once in a lifetime!  Do it!

 

Tuesday, March 19th
Union Station Bike Counts
When: Tuesday, March 19 and Saturday, March 23.
Where: Union Station, Downtown LA
Let’s count some bikes at Union Station! We’ll collect vital data on bike usage on Metrolink and Amtrak. Count shifts are:Tuesday, March 19
6:30am-9:30am
4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, March 23
10:00am-1:00pm

Email martin@la-bike.org to volunteer. You’ll get a snazzy new LA Bike Count t-shirt!

+Big thanks & credit to Bruce Chan’s ‘This week in LA” newsletter.
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