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.


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.


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

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

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

Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Criterium


About LA Bike Trains:

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.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

4357 Melrose Ave 


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.


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.


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.

this happened:
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.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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.

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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