know your rights

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
6:30 – 8pm
Red#5 Yellow#7
4357 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Joshua Cohen, ( will give a bird’s-eye overview of legal and factual issues cyclists need to be familiar with to safely navigate the streets of Los Angeles. This overview includes:

  • What is the structure of the legal system?
  • What laws govern cycling in Los Angeles?
  • How does the legal system protect cyclists?
  • How does the legal system not protect cyclists?
  • Is it enough to know and follow the law?
  • What are the realities confronting cyclists?
  • How can cyclists protect themselves from the inadequacies of the legal system?
  • Practical considerations to protect yourself.

Followed by Q&A

summer training nutrition

Summer Edition.

Note: While this event is focused on women’s nutrition and training, men are welcome!

New to riding in the heat or beginning to train more seriously? This is a great opportunity to learn from elite female athletes how to balance nutrition, hydration, optimal weight and other concerns while eating delicious healthy stuff.

An overall nutrition review with basic concepts of nutrition for endurance (race, touring, longer commutes and recovery) using real food. We’ll have recipes and samplings as well as reference books and perhaps some a presentation covering the basic concepts of cycling nutrition. PLUS fun recipes to go home with!

Taught by Dorothy Wong w/Kristen Osborn.

Our certified nutritionist:
Kristen is thrilled to talk with women cyclists about achieving their best performance through healthful diet and event fueling and recovery strategies. She is an avid mountain biker who races at the sport level.
Kristen is an employee wellness dietitian at Loma Linda University Health. Kristen earned a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University and a Masters in Nutrition Science from Colorado State University.

Held next door to Orange 20 Bikes at:

R5Y7 Gallery

4357 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90029

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I first discovered the New York Times article via my #BikeNYC friends, only to see that several other cities were represented (but with far less activity on the maps, presumably those other cities don’t have as many rabid NYT readers). As something to explore, the NYC map is the most interesting – so far.

NYT map

Gizmodo had a good article articulating how the project came about and comparing it to Strava, which was informational but also funny. The map invites cyclists to add ten-word blurbs to a map of the city. They range from practical advice (“Avoid Brooklyn Bridge unless it’s early or late”) to jokey (“Williamsburg Bridge is a drag strip for Category 6 racing”). You can also toggle onto a secondary mode, which pulls data from the popular GPS tracking app, Strava, to show which routes are most popular amongst users. There are already plenty of different mapping options for cyclists who need directions, but this interactive grants us access to a secondary layer of information: all of the tips and tricks that, normally, take years of experience to amass.

Awesome! But what about Los Angeles?

It exists! Along with Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Chicageo, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto, Boston & D.C.

NYT LA map

As the founder of L.A. Bike Trains, I’m SUPER interested in maps pertaining to cycling in Los Angeles County, not just the hot spots in downtown, Silver Lake and Santa Monica. Where there are people, there’s a need to make bicycling a pleasurable and easy to figure out experience. The very next day I came across another interactive transportation map, this one dedicated to LA.


I was bummed, however to see that it’s another driving tool, like the popular waze app that “brings 30 million drivers together.” Usually to suggest ‘off streets’ that push aggressive drivers trying to shave time off their trips onto small residential streets, where cyclist are told they belong and feel they’ll be safe because it’s clear from the traffic issues of the main avenues. Does anyone else see the inequality and potential problems from that approach?

Instead of developing alternatives to the unsustainable model of a car for everyone and every trip, why are we not pushing development of maps like the NYT biking map? If Waze was ethical, they’d keep cars off biking routes (which they don’t) and if Commuterama really wanted to make LA a better place to live, it would be a multi-modal approach that would encourage public transportation and biking alternatives. The good news is that Commuterama is looking for public feedback and because they’re supported by LADOT, they’re likely to bend to any significant response asking for things like public transit and biking features/information.


So drop them a line:

Feel free to share any ideas and wishes you may have about your commute by emailing


{UPDATE: LA Bike Trains, reached out had a *great* talk with the team about bringing bike routes and infrastructure into what they are developing. Yeah LA!!!}

It’s gonna be a minute until we have something as beautifully fleshed out as

but the #BikeNYC People’s history (rough unedited, slightly embarrassing ..for me, anyway) video is online, thanks to Dedicated Lane Productions. I’ve yet to transcribe the full 90+ minutes, but I’m sure it will be amazing project for my retirement years. GIANT PROPS to Red Lantern Bicycles, not just for hosting, but for being a true home. I feel happier and more loved just hanging out at that wonderful space, from the bike shop in back (Holla at Brian & Chombo!!!) to the good people making organic deliciousness (coffee, tea or comedy?) and gluten free cafe treats up front. I definitely could not have done this as well without Lena. You know who you are and you are awesome and appreciated.

Video #1
There’s not much in the first minute beyond us figuring out how to get talking. Then Mike Green (my BFF aka: BikeBlogNYC) does a great job of introducing all the panelists. (1:35) The first speaker, Time’s UP! Bill Di Paola, (9:20) gives an impassioned and inspiring social bike history beginning in the 1980’s on how Time’s UP! got started.


Video #2
Chris Kim gives a NYC Messenger centric history of biking in NYC since 1996.


Video #3
Caroline Samponaro, from Transportation Alternatives gives a history of NYC biking since 1980’s and Hodari Depalm clarifies the Bike Ban was killed by the messenger community. Ken Stanek refers to Charles Komanoff’s writings. Charles was originally scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend due to a funeral. Thankfully Charles is a prolific writer!


Video #4
I introduce Taliah for an outrageously long 1:30. Taliah Lempert (Bicycle Paintings) describes how she discovered cycling in NYC and how she became a full time artist dedicated to painting bikes.


Chris Kim enters into the conversation by clarifying how critical mass has changed in NYC, it’s impact and decline. Austin Horse makes a cameo. Ken Stanek talks what came out of Critical Mass. And we have unplanned audience participation! Oops.

(psst! Videos 6 – 13 will be posted in a following update)


Interested in riding bikes, but intimidated by LA streets or just not sure how to ride with the confidence of an experienced urban bike rider? You’re in luck! This class is designed to teach adults how to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various practical conditions.

[Please RSVP to the facebook events page so we can know how many to anticipate.]

From 9am – 10am we’ll have classroom based instruction at R5Y7: a bicycle gallery located at 4357 Melrose Ave. Close to the Vermont/Santa Monica Red line and LACC.

The Basics
• The Bicycle
• Maintenance Basics
• Clothing and Equipment

Bicycling in Traffic
• Your Role in Traffic
• Avoiding Crashes
• Hazard Avoidance Maneuvers

From 10am – Noon we’ll finish our classroom (gallery) overviews and do some guided on street riding. Starting with the bike lane on Heliotrope and progressing as people are comfortable.

Co-Taught between the legendary Dorothy Wong, a UCI certified instructor and director of SoCalCross with Siobhan Dolan, cook at LA’s bicycle kitchen and organizer of the LA Ladies Bicycle Brunch series.

This workshop is geared towards adults who have little or no experience riding a bike or who need help learning the skills and confidence to begin riding in urban traffic.


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.


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

facebook event RSVP

r5y7 map

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.


nap bobby

iconic nap

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.

 dancelaviabruce chan dance

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.

bike patch

bike sewing machine

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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