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.


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.


Guns and Roses said it best: Nothing Lasts Forever.

When I started out, in 2003, it was the blogger era. Some were amazing in content or design or.. consistency. The bike industry was on the verge of realizing the power and creativity of people/street culture vs. a brand controlled paradigm. Those who could figure out any kind of advertising were the leaders (because money/product helps you not have to work other jobs). In many ways it was like watching an emerging DrudgeReport: news in real time only filtered through an informed individual.

Bloggers who stand out in the field (and continue to do so)

Bike Portland
Prolly is not Probably -> The Radivist
Bike Blog NYC

But like the once epic MidnightRidazz website, the traffic migrated over to social media, namely facebook. For event organizing/promotion and ‘linking’ to articles or posts, instead of maintaining feeds. All the activity is now on their facebook page.

For a minute (2009-2012) Twitter seemed like a powerful organizing tool, particularly around the emerging hashtags #bike +INSERT CITY. #bikeNYC was a great thing to be part of at that time. Notably organizers held monthly meet ups so that participating hashtag users could socialize in real life. And it was exciting to jump into #bikeLA.  It seemed like the passionate could have an equal or greater voice than the de facto nonprofit or transit agency. Large corporations responded to twitter complaints, but in no other way. A superhighway to being heard?

While twitter fades into the mainstream sunset – Instagram continues to grow, replacing soundbites with images, but retaining #hashtags and these are seemingly useful universally. In a recent @BicycleCulture board meeting we reviewed starting a women’s equality in publishing project – only to have it downgraded to “hashtag activism.” A no cost, cross platform approach that is “as easy to implement as it is to ignore.”

As projects come up or get left behind there’s this trail of digital bodies: websites, blogs, facebook pages, twitter and instagram accounts. A tumblr or two. Someone contacted me through flickr the other day and I felt senile. Who, what, how? My desire now is to make sense of it all and instead of reinventing new identities, to bring them together. But just as in web development or other technical work, it’s always easier to start fresh instead of stitching together all the frankenstein parts. My greatest professional mentor, Steve Rubich, taught me that it’s all about having patience to see how all these complex, janky systems can be interwoven to create the largest most power systems – otherwise everything is too simple, too new. Complexity isn’t the problem, but how it’s handled. Thanks, Steve.


The New Frontier:

In Spirit:
I’m not trying to get sponsored (but, you know, it never hurts) and I’m not trying to be a professional anything.  By trying to fit a “profile” or role earlier, I felt the need to jump into whatever came next, often abandoning whatever came before, instead of finding my voice as an individual and generalist. I have many interests and they evolve, with me.  I think most people can relate to that sense of curiosity and change.

In format:
Podcasts! who doesn’t love them?

Why not video? I have a best friend who does weekly youtube videos (Holler, Kym Nonstop!) that are amazing – but production is too high a barrier, the visual experience too dominant. I want people to be able to go into their own heads, fill in details with their imaginations. The ‘radio’ format is an intimate way of telling stories and getting to know other people. Obviously, more on that soon 🙂

And it will be organic: so expect periods of silence and times when several episodes become available almost at once. Probably expect the quality to be questionable at first, and better with time!


It’s pretty amazing that after all these years of sometimes publishing, changing topics, formats, projects… that I still have people who read and follow along. Thank you.

Come visit me in LA and go on an adventure. We’ll record a story. If you wanna support these endeavors (microphones and computers don’t buy themselves!) won’t you hit the donate button?


It’s easy to be the little bird chirping about good news and fun times. It’s hard to understand how to communicate when things don’t go as planned. Even more difficult is trying to navigate how to speak about relationships or events that were painful. It’s been a difficult (and at times quite amazing) year. Throughout that time I’ve been advised to remain silent on several events. Abstractly, there’s two problems with that approach: silence isolates you and takes you out of the larger conversation – takes away your momentum along with any perspective, but it also removes the possibility of a larger dialogue that could mean advancing how a community handles difficult situations. After all, if no one speaks up, there’s nothing to fix. Personally it is also very socially isolating to go from being an outspoken advocate to getting very quiet. That doesn’t feel good.

When you’re a child, people tell you to speak up because others will come to your aid; but as an adult you’re subject to the social norms that can backfire if you’re not in the dominant group. Generally the financial decision makers and those that play a good political game. That’s where emotional vs rational decisions get made.

I believe in radical acceptance. Which as an activist is maybe something of a spiritual conflict. The line for me is that we should work to improve the lives of all people, animals and the environment – but when something bad happens – well, just keep going. Our goal is ultimately to be happy while doing no harm and being the best at what we care about.

And that’s why I’ve been so down. I don’t feel that I can keep doing what I care about. It’s hard to look at the projects that I’ve loved so much and realize that it’s just not working.  Or that it could turn around, but that I need help and being quiet about things isn’t the best way to do that.

How do you ask for help?

Even in non-profit bicycle advocacy there’s the stress to appear as if everything is super professional. To go after grant money, you should have an office, staff, audit records. The old horse before the cart irony.

There’s a reason why we need cheerleaders: momentum, people and excitement are the non-rational drivers behind everything. I’m a ditch digger and while I can talk on stage, I don’t have the personality of a pied-piper. But I need those people – sometimes just to look past my OCD of making sure that everything’s going mostly as planned.

If I could make 3 wishes:

  • I’d want to be invited to more dinner parties, backcountry bike/hike trips, slumber parties and pool/beach time. Because being happy and chilling out with people is the most important thing we can do.
  • That instead of thinking of new ideas, people would act on ways to make things happen. Most of the time that’s fundraising. Or spreadsheets.
  • Share without fear. Collaborate radically.

Perhaps no one reads these. I look at the web traffic and see that TBW still gets good results from Helmet Reviews and other practical articles. But it’s been a little while since that was the focus and using the blog as a press/event announcement platform seems kinda… boring?

I struggle with what to do with this blog. For years it’s been a fun outlet for talking about things that few were addressing. Now a new urbanism blog, womens development team, transportation non-profit spring up everyday to advance transportation bicycling in American cities or getting more women riding. Maybe I’m not needed there. And my intellectual focus has shifted. I’m pondering the non-profit sector and it’s challenges. But unlike being a rogue individual who cares about bikes, it’s a lot more political to cry about non-profit issues. And as I get older issues of equality around women’s rights and socio-economic inequality. BORING. Or is it? In an age where everyone just wants to see a picture, I’m thinking in essays. Oh dear.

And that takes more time to create as well as read. But are blogs relevant in the facebook age anyway? Isn’t it better to rely on keyword searches to gear reviews and hot events? Meh, I’ll leave that to someone else.




Los Angeles, April 28, 2015 – On National Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 14, UCLA Transportation will launch a new partnership with L.A. Bike Trains, a project of the Bicycle Culture Institute.  UCLA Transportation and L.A. Bike Trains bring together everything you need to learn about riding on the street, navigating the city by bike, having fun, staying safe and getting inspired. Three new routes will operate on a regular schedule 3x per week starting in Koreatown, Culver City and Santa Monica and all going to UCLA’s main campus in Westwood. While the routes are intended to serve the UCLA community, anyone may participate.

Los Angeles, long famous for being a city that requires a car to get around also has a history with auto ride share programs. The UCLA routes represent the first time bicycling for transportation has gained the support of a major local institution as a viable solution to congestion, parking and other problems. While Bike to Work day is an easy and fun way to try out bicycling – these bike trains will be operating throughout the school year.

Volunteer ride leaders, referred to as ‘conductors’ complete training to lead groups of bicyclists through city streets and carry tools to handle common problems, like a flat tire. It’s free to participate – interested riders can sign up any time online. Anyone interested in becoming a conductor (or back-up conductor) is encouraged to email (hello @ to attend the next round of training.

L.A. Bike Trains will be at Ecochella, this Friday, May 1st along with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Look for the LACBC Bike Valet and say hi!

After 10+ years of Interbike, National Bike Summits and other bicycle shows, conferences and gatherings… I finally made it to my first Sea Otter. The quick version: it’s AWESOME and we should all go in a giant crew together next year.


SO BIG! Huge awesome courses in every discipline, the coolest bike stuff, camping.


While the industry side of things continues to erode into a sad state (which is really only a bummer if you own a bike shop or report on the industry), consumer level and activist events, like Bike! Bike! or Sea Otter just keep getting more … FUN. (See earlier post on the decentralization and mix up of how activism and advocacy are evolving.) The bike industry is rapidly evolving away from the established ‘manufacturer > distributor > retailer >buyer’ chain as we’re all buying things online anyway. The only way to survive is to connect with consumers people directly. With the power of FUN! With that in mind, I went with no agenda or goals and attended zero networking anything. I entered races I had no experience in, checked out only what seemed cool and loved every minute. 

We arrived late Thursday and my first event was the women’s 3/4 Circuit race. That’s where you get to race around the Mazda Laguna Seca course, intended for cars and motorcycles but doing that on a bike is… RAD.

Though there are plenty of road events, the real focus at Sea Otter is dirt. Mountain, CX, fat bikes were the events and bikes that everyone was into. It’s easy to see why: Sea Otter is competitive (no city bikes or cruisers here), but approachable. Anyone can do it. Mountain bike tech, design and trails in the USA just keep getting more and more awesome. This year the mountain bike ‘grand fondo’ had over 600 people registered, myself included. It was the same course as the Pro/Cat 1&2 cross country race (held the next day) and it was gorgeous. While I now understand the special hell of trying to navigate lots of single track with too many people, it was also a really chill way to jump into something new without the fear of being destroyed or simply embarrassed by super fast/strong riders.

Sea Otter Enduro

Anneke Beerten racing Enduro photo from:

And not to blow up a good spot – but the camping next to the Enduro course was… really fun. Kids jumping stuff at night with no lights on Friday became kids jumping cars with only the head lamps of everyone watching on Saturday. That’s some epic bike punk action you can’t fake. A tRex statue was stolen and exchanged between rival camps a few times. Wake up, repeat.

Recently, I’ve gotten ‘in the market’ for a mountain bike, but something that can climb. As rad as hardcore downhill is, I’ve already broken enough body parts and I enjoy climbing. At Sea Otter and other local SoCal demos Santa Cruz Bikes have been dominating in presence. The bikes are gorgeous and 100% live up to the hype. I am personally deeply in love with the 2015 Nomad. Unfortunately they are stupid expensive. 


I’m not sure why no one seems to be talking about MONEY directly. The bike industry talks about overall sales lagging, citing some statistics. Independent shops are having a hard time. Advocates wonder why there isn’t any industry money, people wonder why things are so expensive or hard to get. In broad strokes, it’s several things: income disparity in the US, online vs retail buying trends, and (most interesting to me) a growing love for recreational biking, stagnation in transportation bicycling… while pro racing seems to be limping along somewhere in between.

That brings us back to Mountain Biking. It’s hot. And for someone who has done every other kind of biking (and those have all become “work”) it’s a lot of fun to discover how to ride all over again. So since the Nomad is too much money, it’s also a little …too much bike for a novice, even an overly zealous once. While walking around I ran into the Yeti ASR and was immediately into it.


Wait – I know what you’re going to say: they’re suspiciously… the same color. This year everyone seems to agree on a certain teal-blue. It’s not just these bikes… or even bikes. Matchy-matchy frames, components, apparel, accessories are no longer just for girls & weirdos. Lucky me, I’m super into it. ENVE is clearly leading the way with sexy rims/wheels that highlight any color scheme, which is also a bummer seeing as how they’re wildly expensive. It would be nice if Alex/Vuelta or entry level wheel companies would jump on board and let regular people in on the fun.

The “women” specific events, products and outreach seemed really.. chill this year. No big deal. But with Juliana sharing a tent (and development) with Santa Cruz (and therefore the prestige), women’s races blending in seamlessly with men’s plus the adorable Little Bellas Day Camp


 made the normalization of women in cycling seem to be making real gains. Even the obnoxious ‘women specific’ niche products with pink flowers sprayed on everything disappeared into a sea of cool new bike gear. Most large vendors had some noticeable women specific product – but most importantly reps could easily talk to me about fitting any of the high-end (aka “mens”) product.


Juliana Bikes at Sea Otter 2015

My favorite non-bike product was definitely the EVOC line up. The new travel bag is insanely good. And it was super cool to check out their new (to be released at Eurobike) line of protection/hydration packs. In terms of usability, manufacturing tech, body fit and sexy design – I’m into it. FYI the not yet released 6 liter will fit me perfectly…


For all the exciting mountain stuff the bike that made me drop the microphone was the SCOTT CX Addict bike. And yes, that was mostly an aesthetic thing. That paint job? Those tires? Le sigh. It’s the Ryan Gosling of bikes. And, sadly, just as unattainable. 



NOTE: friend Damian Kevitt, is the survivor of a hit and run crime in Griffith Park. His story, amputation and transformation into a hero of recovery turned something awful into an incredible mission to make the world a better place. It remains one of the most awesome things we’ve had the honor of being a small part of. We hope that you make time this Sunday, to participate as a cyclist, runner or walker. Go Damian!!


Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘n Roll

Finish the Ride is happening…again!  What was a single event to commemorate a terrible event has turned into a movement, for safe city streets and ending hit and run crimes. A movement to support walking, bike riding, running, skateboarding, and having fun without fear of becoming roadkill. 

It starts at 7:30am in Hollywood with VIP speakers, including the LA DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Councilman Busciano, Councilman O’Farrell and a very special guest you’ll want to see.

The Run, Ride and Walking events roll at 8 AM. From 6 easy miles all the way up to 50 miles, a 10K Run, 10K Walk and 10K Roll.  Yes, EVERY form of active transportation is represented, skate-boarders, roller-blades, roller-skaters, even unicyclists.  Full support with activities, water and rest stops, SAG wagon, etc. 

The event is kid friendly and dog friendly. Please no cats or iguanas. :-)

Everything finishes at The Autry Museum south lawn in Griffith Park with food, live music, dancing, BBQ, beer, ice cream, beer, yoga, free t-shirt, finishing medal (or ribbon, depending on the event), great goodie bag with free swag, raffle, silent auction, free stuff and good times.

Did you know that between last year’s event, awareness campaigns, legislation and a lot of work, we dropped hit and run crimes by 16%. It all started with a little bike ride a year ago.

Have a great time. Help make LA a safer place to live. What are you waiting for? REGISTER!


Florian Lorenz did a great review of the World Bike Forum that happened in Medellin, Colombia, February 24-28, 2015. The big lessons:

  1. A team of volunteers pulled off the World’s largest event on pedal-powered mobility
  2. A free and collaborative event can host a powerful discourse
  3. A global network of engaged citizens can drive urban change
  4. Women are taking the lead in bicycle advocacy
  5. A multi-lingual discourse in possible
  6. Latin America is key for sustainable urbanisation
  7. Activism shows the way for urban change
  8. There is limited future for one-size-fits-all solutions

Check instagram’s #fmb4 for great images of the event. I’m sure many others also have great reports, but I would like to talk about bicycle and active transportation advocacy issues and where my ideas have evolved to after having been fortunate to both attend and speak in Bogota and Medellin.


Anyone close to me knows that I have been moving away from the Copenhagen inspired/urban planning/policy wonk model of social change. There’s some inspired rants as to why those ideas, career paths and approaches are not working, but another time. Let’s just say that when I arrived in Medellin, I was 100% involved in exploring the activist VS advocate debate.

Which, funnily enough, was a main topic of discourse.


The answer should be pretty clear – advocates tend to be middle class people who intended to get a job in the non-profit sector after university. Activists, on the other hand, are unpaid passionate people who can’t stand the thought of things not getting better and expend their free time finding creative ways to change things.

There are a lot of racial and socio-economic factors in which side of the advocate/activist divide you might fall on. Some people, like myself, have been on both sides of the fence. In general, it’s more like having a visa to the other side, than having two passports… if you know what I mean. There are many people working on how to make this “movement” more diverse – though what that really means is getting more of the hugely diverse activist populations into the paid realm of advocacy. It can’t happen soon enough.


Glad you asked. In the traditional way that social change has happened: activists mobilize around a cause, one of them starts a non-profit to raise money and work within the system, the non-profit hires some professionals who can play the local/national powers (who rely on the activist community to sign petitions, volunteer, donate, etc) and eventually laws are passed or a bike lane built.

So, to a degree, yes. Since our current governments haven’t been toppled, we have to achieve goals that require influencing politicians, people rich enough to donate money, and frequently large companies – all things that are very structured in individual roles and access. But completely re-envisioning what social change from the bottom up looks like is not only possible, but necessary. Every year the biggest social change/bicycling project successes are ones that reject hierarchy and encourage the participation of people of color, non-traditional gender identities, the very young and the very old and even non-english languages.

So what happens next?

The current system of advocacy (with the established organizations, players, expectations) can slowly add some “spice” in the form of nontraditional hires who will bring in more nuance. OR the entire process could shift away from this model and into something new based on distributed networks, AKA collaborative process.  That doesn’t mean that existing orgs would all go away – but it does mean that how they work would change.


Behind any conversation – how to start an education program, get more bike lanes, what is the difference between advocacy and activism? The answer is always money. But as people who want to make the word a better place, talking about money is taboo. Plus so many people are working towards these goals without any money involved, that you’re kind of a jerk if you want money for your work. And since there’s no money in bicycling, those programs need to be re-imagined as something else, say anti-obesity or congestion, if you want to get any support.

The first thing we need to talk about isn’t “is your organization racially diverse?” but – where’s the money coming from? And how is it being used? 99.99% of the time there isn’t any money and people work tirelessly and unpaid until they eventually realize that they can’t keep that up. This is a huge problem in the activist community, where turn over is very fast. Even within advocacy, it’s usually not the most comfortable job you could get. Money is a huge important topic, but it’s enough for now to say that it’s a problem we need to actively discuss and acknowledge.


Are frustrating as hell. Constantly shifting, very difficult to manage. And yet, this is the biggest strength that we have – massive numbers of people who all care about the same goals and are willing to give something to make those happen. The World Bike Forum – organized by volunteers, was a hugely impressive display of what a hybrid model of collaboration could look like. The best example is the cooperative structure. And it turns out that we have a fantastic network of bike co-ops in the United States and internationally. Though, in general these groups are focused on direct service: helping repair bikes, provide basic education and getting bikes to low income individuals. I haven’t ever heard of an advocacy co-op, but if you have, please email me.

At the heart of it is community organizing – how do we reach people? I believe that as technology continues to become more sophisticated and people have the chance to refine it, that being able to reach larger numbers of people globally or on the street level, will only get better. But we have to remember that we have to come to them on their terms, not broadcast the latest news or request and hope that people care enough to do something. I’m enormously excited to see that community organizing specific conferences are showing up more frequently and even replacing the traditional conference where a lot of bored professionals recite what’s going on.


Hopefully a beautiful world free of pollution and filled with healthy, happy people riding bikes all over the place.

What I am hoping to see in the next decade or two are the creation of meaningful interconnectedness between influential individuals, organizations but most exciting – large populations. And that the way that we are organized (and funded) has a shift towards large cooperatives. Yet we also need to be supported, funded and work with large companies and governments. How that happens can change. If you want to get really nerdy (and awesome) I recommend reading Community Detection in Networks with Node Attributes (warning: Math). But many of these ideas can be understood through other, more social or experiential means. We need a lot of people thinking about how we can share knowledge and what the best way to do that is.

I believe that the current system of having each city, region re-discovering and creating things by themselves is a huge loss when many lessons and inspiration can be borrowed. However, we also have to realize that each city, town and neighborhood is unique. Look around. Does it look like Denmark? Is everyone speaking Dutch? No? Then let’s take the appropriate lessons and feel free to create our own authentic bike cultures.

The “Solar Countries” that Jaime Ortiz talked about in his moving keynote talk at the World Bike Forum reject the import of other countries expectations and assert that South America and other places along the equator are already far along the path of new solutions, organization. For that we should be grateful and asking more questions about how we can learn, share and evolve together.


Started by Susannah Lowber who wanted to find a group ride like the infamous Monday night Wolfpack Hustle rides, but without all the … you know guys.

Why do we need women’s only rides and development? Can’t they just join existing men’s rides, clubs and teams? No.


For the very few women who are physically strong enough to jump into those challenges (like the very fast Kelli Samuelson on team Cinelli-CHROME), the much larger barrier is the long list of ways that men – both knowingly and in complete ignorance – say and do things to make women feel bad about being there. A point that is perfectly illustrated by “Hey Dude” a blog post by safa that imagines that competitive cycling is female dominated and what it might be like for men to try breaking into that world.

Ok, then how do you do it?

In a little over 1 year She Wolf Attack Team, or S.W.A.T. has built an incredible program that finds fun, social and welcoming ways of getting women from a huge variety of backgrounds together for as much (or as little) riding as they want to do. Beginning with the weekly “spicy” paced ride on Tuesdays, the team has found individuals within the group who are passionate about different kinds of riding and worked to develop a wide range of supported rides, training and seasonal focus. A weekly intro level ride was started on Thursdays, called W.O.W. or Women On Wheels. It’s another way of getting newbies in who can advance to the faster rides, or simply enjoy a non-intimidating weekly ride with other female identified riders. These rides are still lead by senior S.W.A.T. riders, which makes it an inspiring and solid experience no matter where the ride goes.

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Over the summer S.W.A.T. developed a core group interested in track racing at Encino and Carson Velodromes. At the local Wolfpack Civic Center Crit in front of LA City Hall, the S.W.A.T. team was by far the largest female turn out in road and fixed categories. By the time the Wolfpack Invitational happened at the end of the track season two S.W.A.T. riders placed in the top 10, “All Out War” format of racing. During all of it they’ve been blowing up instagram and social media with awesome photos of ladies having a great time racing.



For cyclocross season, S.W.A.T. came out every weekend, carpooling to events throughout Southern California, creating a team tent, cyclocross team shirts, field trips, cx specific training and events that all are welcome to – while still maintaining the two weekly rides based in Central LA’s Silverlake neighborhood.



Series Finale today for #socalcross prestige series#swatCX killed it in our first year placing 9th overall in team standings and the only all female team in the series expect to see a lot more of these Dirt Foos


No matter the season or focus, who doesn’t love a team dinner? The joy of riding with your friends, cheering them on to victory, cheering them up after a disappointment and motivation to ride more than you ever would on your own. Or you know, with those guys.



I love cyclocross, mostly because it was the first style of bike racing that I did 10+ years ago when there were 3 other women and only a few more men at a local race in New York. It was confusing, weird and dirty. Now, it’s kind of a big deal with a whole new generation of racers, organizers, companies and spectators. But let’s be clear: it’s still ‘American Bicycle Racing’ and struggling with the same problems that roadies and other disciplines face.

Problem #1 Development.

How do you get enough new people into the sport so that champions (and a packed field) can emerge? There’s a big backlash against USA Cycling, the governing body that determines things like points and status, from local race directors who create awesome events that get more people into the sport – but who can’t afford the crippling fees to be USA Cycling sanctioned. So racers have to choose to race ‘for the love’ or glory. There was a huge fall out when USA Cycling tried to ban anyone who raced in non-santion events in 2013. What a bunch of bullies! Roadblock from Midnight Ridazz/Wolfpack Hustle laid it out best in his response.

Problem #2 Equality.

Yep, it’s kind of embarrassing. A Brilliant illustration of this is found in Helen Wyman’s “Pressing the Equality Button” on Cycling News. Read it in its’ entirety.

So, personally in 2015, I don’t think there is an excuse for women not to be receiving the same minimum prize fund. If the minimum salary in a country was lower for women, there would be riots. If prize funds were different based on skin colour or sexual orientation, there would be riots. We don’t want to riot, we want to race. We just want equality.

What a way to kick off an event! It’s like Thanksgiving with extended family…

But, whenever bike drama comes up: it’s also easy to fall back on the immediate joy of the moment: being on a bike, turning yourself inside out and experiencing the thrill of a new course. And that’s what we can look forward to this weekend. What I’m hoping for is that while a big new field of women and juniors show up – the conversation can take a positive new tone: making things better for everyone.

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Make your 2014 charitable dollars work! Help us reach $50k to develop the mobile app HERE

2014 Accomplishments:

While most of our programs are focused on Los Angeles, we’re also working to bring these fun and helpful learning tools to other cities – and countries! In February 2015 executive director Nona Varnado will be speaking in Bogota (ciclovia) and Medellin (World Bike Forum), Colombia on how to bring DIY bike culture to communities to create positive social change.

The mission:

Bicycle Culture Institute is a non-profit organization focused on mentorship, developing a resource library and broad media attention for a diverse range of voices about bicycling. We help other non-profits, coalitions, co-ops, ride groups and large companies focus on their primary mission by developing high quality education programs, workshops and training.

Based on 15 years of innovative cycling culture projects including: race development, community organizing, brand development and traditional advocacy. We believe in making friends, learning from other cities and individuals around the globe to build connections between people.

You can support BCI’s general operating fund or make sure your donation goes 100% to the #LABIKETRAINS mobile app. We’re pretty excited that this little project has some big potential to transform cities like LA into great places to ride for everyday transportation.

Not into paypal? Checks can be written to: Bicycle Culture Institute and mailed to 5918 Willoughby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038


We need you to keep the good work up. Social media likes feel nice, but they don’t keep the wheels moving. To say thank you to anyone who contributes financially, we’d like to offer:

  • Any donations over $50 get a handwritten thank you note
  • Over $250 special 1:1 bike ride (1 hr) in Los Angeles with any active LA Bike Train conductor (pending scheduling)

Over $500 you can choose:

  • Get your logo on the L.A. Bike Trains jersey
  • “Special Valet Service” with founder Nona Varnado
  • the official L.A. Bike Trains ‘Conductor’s Kit’ a reflective saddle bag with Lezyne brand mini-pump, tools, lever/patch kit, energy snack and first aid items.
  • Invitation to private events, rides and parties in 2015

and Thank you. Paying attention and helping us spread the word is a HUGE help. If you can’t contribute $ this season, consider offering some of your time and talent. email us at: hello @ bicycleculture .org



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