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
hello @ bicycle culture .org

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