- Bike Week LA 2015
- Golden Pedal Award
- The Source
Thank you everyone who made Bike Week LA 2015 an incredible experience!
We appreciate all of our partners and supporters so much and are so grateful to be surrounded by such a strong and empowering community.
Just because Bike Week ended, does not mean that Bike Life is over. Now is everyone’s time to get into their own community and keep on riding! Find us at events all year long and let us know when you are hosting as well. We are happy to join.
Follow on Facebook and Twitter for our updates as we roll out bike safety classes, open streets events and the bike share system!
Bike Week LA Community Engagement and Outreach
Fix Your Bike Day
Local groups hosted eight repair workshops. Each workshop was free and covered maintenance and repair and other tips to keep your ride safe. Both private bike shops and non-profit bike collectives participated in this event. Partners included Bici Libre, Stan’s Bike Shop, Fleet Street, Royal Oaks Park Duarte, Cynergy Cycles, East Side Riders, Bike Oven and Just Ride LA. Click here to view the workshops!
Bike Week LA Kick-Off
Bike Week LA 2015 was initiated in Grand Park with top city leaders speaking about the importance of bicycles in Los Angeles. Attendance included Jose Huizar L.A. City Council Member, Paul Krekorian L.A. City Council Member and Metro Board Member, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker Metro Board Member, Phil Washington Metro CEO, Carrie Bowen Director of Caltrans District 7, Seleta Reynolds General Manager of LADOT, Jeff Lustgarten Communications Manager of Metrolink, Andy Leeka President of Good Samaritan Hospital, Aaron Paley Executive Director of CicLAvia, Vanessa Gray Executive Director of C.I.C.L.E., Tamika Butler Executive Director L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and Lucas Rivera Director of Grand Park. News media attending this morning’s event included channels 4, 5, 7, 9, 18, 35, 54, Univision, KNX Radio, La Opinion, L.A. Daily News, The Wave and Streetsblog LA. Click here to view the Source post!
Is Bicycling In Your Future?
“Is Bicycling in Your Future?” speaker panel was a first for Metro. It featured experts in public health, bicycle advocacy, government positions and public safety and was moderated by Frances Anderton, a top journalist from a local public radio station KCRW. Panelists included Laura Cornejo Metro DEO of Active Transportation and Sustainability, Tamika Butler Executive Director of LA County Bicycle Coalition, Maria Sipin Advisory Board Member of Multicultural Communities for Mobility and Sgt. Mike Flynn Bicycle Liaison of Traffic Safety in the LAPD Central Bureau. The debate was lively and tackled many issues that encourage and discourage bicycling in Los Angeles. The panel was highlighted by Streetsblog LA and furthered the conversation of what policies and outreach efforts will increase bicycling. View the Facebook event!
The Blessing of the Bicycles at the Good Samaritan Hospital
It was a repeat hit and almost completely organized by the Good Samaritan Hospital. Metro provided support by tabling and distributing promo items. Check out the event!
This is another first time event for Metro where local filmmakers were invited to submit their featured short films. Ten films were selected and screened in front of an audience of 100 people at Marsh Park II, a lovely new park by the LA River. Most of the audience members rode their bicycles in groups to the movie. They were greeted upon their arrival by staff from the bike valet service sponsored by Metro. Films were presented by Metro and co-host Danny Gamboa from Ghost Bike Foundation. The event created a true community experience and was an opportunity to invite Bike Week LA participants to try bicycling for other trips other than commuting. Metro provided giveaways, bike maps and information about bicycling in Los Angeles. The Facebook event can be found here!
Program included eleven guided rides which brought first time riders around their community or to another Bike Week event. This was the highest number of City Rides ever hosted during Bike Week. Partners included Stan’s Bike Shop, LACBC, CICLE, East Side Riders, Cynergy Cycles, Ovarian Psycos, Bodacious Bike Babes, Santa Monica Spoke, Ride On!, Bike SGV and Just Ride LA. Five of these rides led to the Bike-in Movie. During lunch time, Metro and LACBC sponsored a bike ride to end the “sad desk lunch” to Grand Central Market and Peddler’s Creamery with over 30 bicyclists. View the City Rides Map.
Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
Almost eighty organizations hosted pit stops for bikers. See this map for the full list of Pit Stop Partners. Metro and fifteen other municipal carriers offered free rides all day for people with a bike or helmet. As a means to further engage potential commuters and improve safety for first time riders, LA Bike Trains and CICLE were contracted to organize and advertise Bike to Work Rides. These group rides followed a predetermined route from areas of high residential density to employment centers. Participants were invited to join the route at any time and were informed at what time the group would be arriving at several major intersections (see full list). Finally, local employers encouraged their employees to use ridematch.info to locate a bike buddy and share the ride to work.
Color Wheels Art Show at CalTrans
This is another highlight of Bike Week LA and was also held for the first time this year. Metro partnered with Caltrans and held the show at the Caltrans building during the month of May. The show was professionally curated and installed. On Thursday of Bike Week LA, May 14th, Color Wheels was part of the Downtown LA Art Walk, a monthly public event featuring museums and exhibits in the downtown LA area. Over 200 people attended the show during Art Walk and were entertained by performance groups. This event was a true collaboration of government entities and local community groups. A video recap was created by one of the performance groups, Bike Odyssey LA. View the Facebook event.
Metro Bike Night at Union Station
The week’s grand finale hosted 650 guests in the Old Ticketing Room where 17 local organization staffed outreach tables such as LA County Bicycle Coalition and Neighborhood Ambassadors, Angel City Brewery, CicLAvia, East Side Riders Bike Club, Bike Metro, Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, LA City Dpt. of Transportation, Caltrans, National MS Society, Ghost Bikes Foundation, LA Bike Trains and Ride On Leimert Park Bike Collective.
While attendants met local bike groups and learned more about regional programs, there was a musical performance by the well-known band “The Lions,” and food trucks (Kogi Truck and Ricky’s Fish Tacos) offered dinner. During the performance breaks Metro gave away 3 bikes donated by Pure City Cycles, Tern Folding Bikes and REI as well as free tap passes. The Facebook events page was hugely popular and proved that Bike Night was again one of the highlights from Bike Week. Event page can be found here.
Bike Local Discounts
Local businesses offered people discounts when they mentioned Bike Week, brought their bike or showed their TAP card. Most of these locations were taken from the already existing Destination Discounts program. Some locations offered Bike Week specials in addition to their existing discount programs. Check out the map of discounts.
Check out what everyone else had to say about this year’s Bike Week LA!
KPCC LA Bike Week, What to Look Out For
“The events will go beyond promoting alternate transportation and safety for some: Bike Week will also celebrate a love for cycling itself, no matter a rider's level of experience.”
CiclaValley Bike Week is Here!
KCET Making Every Week Bike Week
LADOT Bike Blog Clear your calendar, Bike Week LA 2015 is here!
Curbed LA Mapping the Places to Stop for Free Stuff on Bike to Work Day
KCET Steelhead Sculpture Migrates to Bike Week Art Exhibition
KTLA 5 Community Events Planned in Celebration of Bike Week LA
CBS Los Angeles City Officials Kick Off Bike Week LA
NBC Los Angeles LA Bike Week: Blessing of the Bicycles
KPFK 90.7FM Bike Week LA Speaker Panel May 11 2015
StreetsblogLA Bike Week: Blessing Bikes, Talking Bikes, Bike Videos
Streetsblog LA This BIKE WEEK in Livable Streets
Streetsblog LA How a More Inclusive Bike Week Can Help Move Us toward “Bike Life”
Daily News Bike Week kicks off Sunday in Los Angeles
CiclaValley Bike Week LA: A Pit Stop Featuring Mr. CiclaValley
Santa Monica Spoke Bike Week LA, Santa Monica
LA Public Library Bike Week Los Angeles
Felipe Fuente 7th District Bike Week LA has arrived
Sun Times Los Angeles Los Angeles’ Bike Week Kicks Off
LA Weekly Best Free LA Art Parties This Week
KCRW Design & Architecture 5 Design Things To Do This Week
Biking in LA Morning Links…Bike Week beat goes on
LAist Watch a Cyclist’s Nerve-Wracking Commute Without Bike Lanes
Golden Pedal Award
Do you or someone you know have a great story to tell about your bicycle commute? Nominate a friend, relative, co-worker or even yourself for a Golden Pedal Award. Winners will receive a number of fun prizes and will be featured on The Source!
No matter your age or ability level, Metro wants to hear about your cycling success story and recognize your efforts Tell us about your victories --whether it be learning to ride more confidently on city streets, the camaraderie of bicycling to school with your children or to work with colleagues, growing stronger and leaner, the freedom of experiencing the city from your bike seat or the clever shortcut that lets you zip past traffic. Regardless of your ability level, you define what a bicycling success story is and we are interested in hearing about it.
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