Red#5 Yellow#7 : a bicycle gallery is happy to kick off the 2013 season with a special show commemorating 4 years of the Passage Ride.

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Passable Atlas: Artists Talk

Local LA artists Sean Deyoe and Nathan Snider have led The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time, a weekly Wednesday night bike ride exploring far-flung areas of the city since 2009.

Tonight they will be speaking about the ride and the gallery installation inspired by unexpected connections between otherwise disconnected places. The ride is known for its unique routes and ambitious conceptual themes, aiming to give participants a balance between seeing new things and seeing old things anew.

After the talk there will be a Q&A session, followed by drinks around the corner at The Faculty from 8:45pm – 10pm

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Besides the wonderland of free and open museums along museum mile for cicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire 2013, this was also a turning point in which forward thinking artists realized that wide open, car-free streets with 150,000+ happy people is the perfect venue for performance art.

Bobby Gadda & napLAvia

More popularly known as Tall Bike Bobby, Mr. Gadda is the former president of the cicLAvia board of directors and famous for his TedX talk about bike touring on a tall bike. Though he now lives in the bay area, he took a long sleepless bus ride down to LA and decided to catch a nap at stops along the route, inviting others to rest and relax.

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photo: Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog

Bruce Chan & danceLAvia

If you’re a member of Bruce’s Buddies (or just lucky enough to know the LA Bike Trains co-founder) you know he LOVES to DANCE. So naturally, this had to happen. Is it going to far to call this man a revolutionary? All I know is that if there isn’t dancing at the revolution, I’m not coming.

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Carole Frances Lung‘s (aka Frau Fiber) “Bicycle Reinforcement” collaborative bicycle powered sewing machine. In front of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

With live action silk screen patches by artist Sonia Romero, you could pedal power Frau Fiber’s vintage sewing machine and add one of three lovely designs on sturdy cotton onto whatever you had. I didn’t see anyone drop their pants, but I was thrilled to see people so excited to randomly volunteer bags, shirts or anything they had.

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How does it work? Been frustrated? Just curious?

Once again Casey Neistat inspires us with a short, entertaining and awesome video. Here’s his look at CitiBike’s “pain in the ass factor” measuring comfort, speed, cost and ease of use between his personal bike, CitiBike and a taxi in Manhattan.

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L.A. Bike Trains Special Event Route: CicLAvia to the Wolfpack Crit.

Join us for a leisurely ride along the cicLAvia iconic Wilshire Blvd route, stop to enjoy some of the local activities and ride as a group through some open streets before enjoying an afternoon of live bicycle races around beautiful LA city hall.

 

Meet:
La Brea Tar Pits (Wilshire/S. Curson)
Departure Time: 11:30am

Meet:
K-Town Hub
3700 Wilshire (corner of S. Oxford)
Departure Time: 12:40pm

Meet:
Fitness Hub (Figueroa/Wilshire)
Departure Time: 2:10pm

Finish:
Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Criterium
https://www.facebook.com/events/164860623670468/

 

About LA Bike Trains:
http://labiketrains.com/about/

Need to get to work in Los Angeles? Wish your commute was super fun instead of a drag?

We provide a rolling party along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience.  And it’s totally free!

 

The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time is pleased to announce Passable Atlas, a 18-day show at Red #5 Yellow #7 gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

OPENING:
Thursday, June 20, 2013
6pm-9:30p

4357 Melrose Ave 

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For the last four years, local cyclists Sean Deyoe and Nathan Snider have led The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time, a weekly Wednesday night bike ride exploring far-flung areas of the city. Convinced that bicycle infrastructure encompasses much more than bike lanes and river paths, they climb hills, wander off-road, and venture underground to bring out the hidden and unexpected connections between otherwise disconnected places. The ride is known for its unique routes and ambitious conceptual themes, aiming to give participants a balance between seeing new things and seeing old things anew.

Passable Atlas is a showcase of maps, photos, and video from The Passage ride, with nods to the various literary, architectural, and intellectual sources that have served as inspirations. For the full experience, those with bicycles may also take part in a special Saturday night ride scheduled in conjunction with the closing of the show on July 6th. Part document, part experience, part guidebook for exploration, Passable Atlas presents an argument for a more open city.

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RSVP: #BikeNYC Community History

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
6:30pm – 9p

The Quick Version: It’s a crowdsourced “people’s history” of cycling in NYC. After panel members have spoken audience members will be encouraged to add benchmarks under each year. We’ll be looking at 1985 – 2013.

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Curated by: Nona Varnado

Moderators: Mike Green (BikeBlogNYC) & Nona Varnado (theBirdWheel)

Panelists: Charles Komanoff, Caroline Samponaro, Bill Di Paola, Kevin ‘Squid’ Bolger, Helen Ho, Steve Vaccaro, Ken Stanek, Chris Kim, Taliah Lempert and Dmitry Gudkov.

Thanks to Transportation Alternatives (celebrating their 40th!) and Times Up! (celebrating their 25th!) we have a pretty excellent timeline to start from.

Background:
this happened: http://labikemvmt.org/
It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a bike community member, organizer and cycling advocate. I’m so excited to experience a NYC version!

The format is two moderators, Mike Green (BikeBlogNYC) and myself (TheBirdWheel). In mostly chronological order we have panelists talk about how things actually happened (there will be surprises…) It’s a great way to create a narrative and timeline of local cycling history as a social movement.

The #BikeLA event was extremely successful, heartwarming and a solid way to create a crowdsourced peoples history. This was huge for academics, recognizing individual and movement volunteers, practical insights developed over the years in a way that very positively brought people from many places (individuals, academics, advocates, personalities) together in a kind of reunion. People brought kids, connected about new projects and greater cross collaboration.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30-9pm

R5Y7: A Bicycle Gallery
4357 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

RSVP: facebook

Can’t ride a bike somewhere because you need to look professional – or really gorgeous? Nonsense!

Join us for an evening of talking about pro tips for staying gorgeous while riding a bike everywhere. We’ll have a round table of speakers who all have fancy jobs and wildly awesome social lives in LA.

Also, drinks & networking. After event drinks continue at The Faculty next door.

Panel:
Andrea Denike Martinez
founded the Bodacious Bike Babes (BBB’s!) in 2010 and is a uniting force for all things bikes + love + awesome in LA. She’s got a real job that involves meetings, travel and looking BODACIOUS!

Molly Arevalo
began riding in LA after being inspired by a month-long celebration of bicycles known as Bike Summer 2005. She is an active member of the SoCal bicycling community, doing formal and informal advocacy work. She bike commutes semi-regularly, enjoys road and mountain biking, but her favorite is bike touring domestically and internationally. In July of 2013, she will join thousands of others to ride across the state of Iowa in RAGBRAI.

Alexis Lantz
Works as a Policy Analyst (fancy!) for the LA Dept of Public Health and former LACBC staff member famous for starting the LA Bike ‘counts.’ She’s famously fashionable and an advocate of getting around by bike slowly, safely and while having fun.

Nat Gale
Almost as beloved for his inimitable fashion style as his professional charm in LA City politics, Nat is originally from the East Coast but has since developed an impressive wardrobe ranging from suits to surfer chic. As always, he’ll be around to talk about any gentlemanly concerns.

***Bonus points for whoever hears, “OMG. That’s gorgeous, where did you get it?” the most times***

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Communal Commuting.

online: www.labiketrains.com

Description
We provide a rolling party to/ from work along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun, social experience. And it’s free!

Routes:
#001: Silver Lake to Hollywood (W, 8AM)
#002: Mid-Wilshire to Downtown LA (W, 8:30AM)
#003: Silver Lake to Santa Monica (T, 8AM)
#004: Silver Lake to Downtown LA (Th, 8AM)
#005: West Lake to Long Beach (W, 6:45AM)
http://labiketrains.com/routes/

Conductors:
Each train is a reflection of the personality of the conductor and participants. You might be riding to dance music with Bruce, checking out the diverse local plant life with Nona, or developing a whole new appreciation for peanut butter with Wes. We’re pretty awesome and we hope you’ll ride with us.
http://labiketrains.com/meet-your-conductors/

Commuter Survey:
Don’t see your desired route or start time? Take our Commuter Survey to help us understand when & where the next train should be.
http://labiketrains.com/commuter-survey/

Participate!
Sign up to join a train! Choo Choo!
http://labiketrains.com/participate/

LA Bike Train Routes

Celebrate National Bike Week

in #BikeLA you can bring your bike on public transportation!

May is Bike Month: and #BikeLA is exploding with workshops, rides and events! join us as we kick off official Bike Week events with free maintenance workshops, bike trains, a bike to work happy hour and a feeder ride from Orange 20 Bikes in East Hollywood to Bike Night at the Hammer museum.

  • Monday, May 13—Fix Your Bike Day
    Learn how to fix a flat workshop and more. Q&A with Orange 20 staff on D.I.Y. repair and maintenance from 4-6pm!
  • Tuesday, May 14—Blessing of the Bicycles in the A.M. & Handsome Cycles Comes to L.A. 
    Take your bike to the 10th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at 8am & Check out the latest sexy developments from Handsome Cycles, beginning at 4pm displaying their current 2013 line up and building bikes up at Orange 20′s gallery space (& drinking beer!).
  • Wednesday, May 15—Guided Ride Day: Bike Lanes and More!  
    Organizations all over LA are hosting local neighborhood rides – and Orange 20 Bikes is hosting a special ride of the East Hollywood neighborhood called the bicycle district. Meet 6:30pm at the shop and finish back at Hel-Mel at Scoops Ice Cream shop.
  • Thursday, May 16—Bike to Work Day
    Give bicycling to work a try with LA Bike Trains! We’re launching 5 bike to work group rides, called ‘bike trains’ (with conductors!) and Thursday stop by Orange 20 for a happy hour stop for water (& possibly some beer..)
  • Friday, May 17-Ride to Bike Night at the Hammer Museum
    Ride your bike with Orange 20 Bikes and LACBC’s Central LA Bike Ambassadors to Bike Night at the Hammer Art Museum!

editor’s note: I’m reprinting the press release from the League of American Bicyclists – because it’s something that most everyday bike riders (especially those who travel) will laugh (or groan) at . But it highlights something extremely important: these abstract planning measurement points (that determine a state’s bicycle friendly ranking) are the same poorly refined measurement ‘tools’ that are needed to do the more glorious tasks: gaining statistical knowledge to secure funding, to create infrastructure and programs. In a way these insane little measurements are what will advance all states. And we need to lobby for creating national, relavant measurement tools (ask the right questions, get better answers).

How can you do that?

 

*Submit this letter to Ray LaHood asking for Bike specific state safety performance measures. You can copy/past from the link. Now you’re really making a difference!

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Washington, D.C. — May 1, 2013 – On the first day of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest Bicycle Friendly State ranking.

For the sixth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with high performance in all categories. But up-and-coming states — including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona –  charged up the ranking in 2013, shaking up the top 10.

“We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “But as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and planning in every state.”

Click here to see the ranking chart. Click here to view the map. Click here to see the state report cards. 

The 2013 Bicycle Friendly State ranking is now even more comprehensive, capturing more information than ever before and delving more deeply into the issues embedded in becoming a more bicycle friendly state.

The BFS program is more than an annual assessment. Throughout the year, League staff will work actively with state officials and advocacy leaders to help identify and implement the programs, policies and campaigns that will improve conditions for bicyclists.

Delaware took a leap in the 2013 ranking, moving from No. 10 to No. 5 in just one year. U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)praised Governor Jack Markell, the state legislature, congressional delegation, advocacy organizations and the people of the First State for prioritizing biking.

“Creating more walkable and bikeable communities boosts air quality by reducing the amount of time cars and trucks idle on our roadways releasing harmful emissions.” Sen. Carper said. “Biking also helps decongest our transportation system, allowing individuals to spend more time working or relaxing with their families instead of wasting time and money sitting in traffic. The benefits of biking are countless, and that’s why I’m proud to support dedicated federal funding for biking and walking infrastructure, as well as the efforts of the League of American Bicyclists and others to promote biking as an invaluable piece of the American transportation system.”

Also making a strong showing in this year’s rank is Colorado — and Gov. John Hickenlooper says he plans to be No. 1 very soon.

“An important part of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active in their everyday routines,” Hickenlooper said. “We’re proud that our bicycle-friendly policies have skyrocketed Colorado’s rank up 20 places in just five years, and we are committed to being No. 1 in the near future.”

In the Southwest, Arizona moved back into the top 10. Among other strides, the state completed its Bicycle Safety Action plan to improve bicyclist safety on Arizona’s highways.

“The goal is to reduce the number of bicyclist fatalities and injury crashes with motor vehicles,” said Michael Sanders, Arizona Department of Transportation’s bicycle and pedestrian program coordinator. “We ‘crash-typed’ nearly 750 reported crashes that occurred over a five-year period to better define the sequence of actions leading to the collision. For example, we found that over half of all crashes occurred while a motorist was making a right turn. The Plan consists of action items addressing potential changes to policies and education programs, or new tools, such as bicycle road safety audit guidelines, to improve bicyclist safety.”

Learn more about the BFS program at www.bikeleague.org/states.

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About the Bicycle Friendly America Program: 
The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness. Learn more.

 

2013 Ranking
1.    Washington
2.    Colorado
3.    Oregon
4.    Minnesota
5.    Delaware
6.    Massachusetts
7.     New Jersey
8.    Wisconsin
9.    Illinois
10.  Arizona
11.  Maryland
12.  Michigan
13.  Maine
14.  Utah
15.  Pennsylvania
16.  Virginia
17.  Tennessee
18.  Connecticut
19.  California
20.  Nevada
21.  Iowa
22.  Texas
23.  Vermont
24.  Georgia
25.  Rhode Island
26.  Idaho
27.  New Hampshire
28.  North Carolina
29.  Louisiana
30.  Missouri
31.  Florida
32.  Ohio
33.  Wyoming
34.  South Carolina
35.  Hawaii
36.  Mississippi
37.  Arkansas
38.  Oklahoma
39.  Montana
40.  Kansas
41.  Nebraska
42.  Indiana
43.  New York
44.  West Virginia
45.  Alaska
46.  South Dakota
47.  Kentucky
48.  New Mexico
49.  Alabama
50.  North Dakota
Learn more about this ranking here.
About the League:
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.
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