As you know, Bike Week LA has been a great celebration of all things bicycles in years past. This year, Los Angeles is going full bike-mode by observing Bike Month for the ENTIRE month of May! Now that Bike Month is upon us, we couldn’t be happier about all of the exciting events, rides, and workshops that are on the docket.
Head over to our Bike Program Calendar to see dates, times, and locations of the events for yourself. If we are missing any that your organization is hosting or that you are planning to attend, go ahead and add them!
And, check out Metro’s awesome Bike Month Map for happenings near you:
Here is a snapshot of some of our favorite events:
LACBC’s Commuter Workshop: If you want to participate in Bike to Work Day for the first time, or if you’ve commuted before but would like a few pointers or a refresher, join the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for a free workshop to help you prepare for an awesome ride. They will cover:
- Gear needed
- Route selection
- Transit options
- Bike parking at work
- Professional bike-friendly clothing
To attend, head to LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room at 10:30am.
Los Angeles Bicycle Festival: DTLA Urban festival to entertain, educate, connect and inspire bicycle riding in Los Angeles!
12:00-12:45 Press Conference
1:00-1:45 Opening Panel
2:00-2:45 Workshops round 1
2:45-3:30 Break – invite to roam, eat “snack time!”
3:30-4:30 Workshops round 2
5:00-6:00 Closing Remarks/ Raffle Winner(s) announced
6:00-8:00 Party & Open festival
The festival will take place at Grand Park from 10am to 8pm.
Strava’s Global Bike to Work Day: Make your bike commute count on May 10, when Strava is hosting Global Bike to Work Day to encourage cyclists to upload and tag their commutes on Strava to make a positive impact on cycling infrastructure in their communities.
Using Strava Metro, departments of transportation, city planners, advocacy groups and corporations can make informed and effective decisions when planning, maintaining and upgrading cycling and pedestrian corridors. On May 10, cyclists can use their commute to help their community. Participate by uploading and tagging your commutes on Strava, as well as use #CommutesCounts on your social channels. Strava will then use the data collected that day to see which routes were used most.
LACBC’s Roadside Bike Repair Workshop: Bring your bike and LACBC folks will teach you a few basic repairs and adjustments that you can do on the side of the road. They will cover:
- ABC Quick Check
- Fixing a flat tire
- Types of flats and which are fixable
- What to do if your chain falls off
- Brake adjustment
- Seat height adjustment
If you haven’t ridden your bike in a while, take your bike to a shop for a tune up before this class, because they don’t want you to discover something that is wrong that can’t be fixed during the workshop. Along with your bike, bring:
- A new tube
- Tire levers
- A patch kit
- Portable bike pump
- Bike multi-tool
CicLAvia Southeast Cities Presented by Metro: This is the first time that CicLAvia will connect the communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts to host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. If you are new to CicLAvia, here’s what you need to know:
- It’s FREE!
- CicLAvia closes streets to cars and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, and play
- CicLAvia is not a race! You can begin where you like
- CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, like regular traffic
CicLAvia starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.
The Blessing of the Bicycles: Get your bicycle blessed and meditate for a minute with like minded folks at the 13th annual Blessing of the Bicycles! This event began 13 years ago to protect bicyclists’ safe passage through the streets of Los Angeles. Ceremony and presentation of the Golden Spoke Award hosted by and located at Good Samaritan Hospital, starting at 8:00am.
Ride of Silence 2016: The Ride of Silence is a global event commemorating people who have been injured or lost while bicycling in the public roadway. The ride will cover seven miles at a pace of 10-12mph. Everyone should bring front and rear lights. Cyclists under 18 years old are required to wear a helmet. Meet at the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station for a presentation that will start at 6:30pm. The ride will leave at exactly 7:00pm.
Bike to Work Day: One of the best parts of Bike to Work day is all of the wonderful pit stops that you can enjoy along the way! Find refreshments, goodies, and information on your morning commute to work, school or beyond! Tweet us at @LADOTBikeProg #BikeMonthLA and show us your bike to work get up.
Metro Bike Night: Join the 3rd annual Bike Night at Union Station for crafts, music, dancing, prizes, food, and bicycle love! This party gets started at Union Station at 5:30pm on Friday as the culminating event of Bike Week. Get your skank dance on with the The Lions and unwind into your bicycle filled weekend. Do not miss out on free raffles for bikes, gear and most importantly the LADOT SPIN THE WHEEL Bike Trivia game!
Keep checking our LADOT Bike Program Calendar as more events get submitted, and don’t forget to submit your own!
We’ll see you on the streets!