News and Events
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:01am - Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 11:59pm
Happy National Bike Month! Join LACBC or renew your LACBC membership for a chance to ride away with a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego on September 26th!
Anyone who becomes an LACBC member or renews a membership between May 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015, will automatically be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego. The winner and guest, plus their bicycles, will travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, enjoy two nights at a swanky local hotel, and folly their folly at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, a bike and beer festival that has no equal.
If you've been on any local group rides or an Operation Firefly distribution this past season, you may have met Wayne "Ridetime" Howard. Originally from Chicago, Wayne now resides in Palms, but you could easily run into him anywhere on his bike in Southern California. He planned and led both February's Bowl Sunday Funday Ride and April's Bridges, Skylines, and Donuts Sunday Funday Ride, volunteered for several Operation Firefly light distributions, and is now helping with route-planning for the L.A. River Ride. Read more to learn how he got his nickname, where his favorite place to ride is, and what his advice is to new riders.
Why did you first start riding a bike?
I can't ever remember not riding a bike. My dad taught me when I was a kid and I've been riding ever since. BMX, mountain, and now road.
How did you get the nickname “Ridetime”?
The nickname is an homage to one of my favorite bands--The Time--and their album, "What time is it?" When we'd start saddling up to actually ride I would always yell out "What time is it?" in the same manner as the song on the album. Some people would yell out the actual time or say "I don't know what time it is" to which I would say "it's ride time of course" and then we'd roll out. It kind of took off from there and I just adopted it as my moniker.
You’ve planned many bike rides. How did you get into that?
Before I ever moved to L.A. to ride a bike in Chicago and the surrounding area, you would just get on the bike and go. Mass transit in Chicago is 24 hours so you could be anywhere and know that you could get home. When I moved to L.A. I got on the mountain bike one day with no plan and headed into the Santa Monica mountains. I got lost, the sun was going down, the temp dropped 30 degrees, and that was probably the least fun I've ever had on a bike. From that moment on, every ride was a well thought-out ride all the way down to how much food and water I needed to carry, to when the sun would set, to what stores are nearby, etc. When I switched over to Road, I was participating in mostly organized paid rides which were really well planned. I started riding night rides mostly listed on the Midnight Ridazz website. From there I gradually moved over to doing nighttime century rides which required even more route planning. The nighttime group rides were the most challenging to plan because I had to account for time, distance, stops, safety and bailout points for those riders who might not be strong enough to carry on.
Do you have any favorite rides that you’ve planned?
Orange County Daytime Century is a favorite. I do a Metrolink Metric Century to San Juan Capistrano which is quickly becoming an all time favorite. Out of all of those, I think The Moonlight Century (an L.A. County urban century) which I plan with Leslie Caldera, a.k.a. Creative Thing, is probably the all time favorite. All of the rides I listed are great camaraderie bike rides in that we all ride together, and we leave no rider behind (within reason, of course).
How did you get involved with LACBC?
The L.A. River Ride was the first time I had ever heard of LACBC. I think it was 2006 or 2007, I can't remember. It was my first roadie long distance ride, I think I did the 70 miler. After that, I was a big fan, and I'd volunteer on and off for different things. Outside of the L.A River Ride, and all of the important bike advocacy, I'm a big fan of LACBC's Operation Firefly.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
Ballona Creek Bike path to Torrance beach.
Song that best works as your bike commute theme song:
I never use ear buds or ear phones when riding because I believe it's a distraction. All my attention is devoted to what's going on around me.
Favorite place to eat in L.A.:
Being from Chicago I'm always looking for food that takes me back. Portillo's is a Chicago staple and they built one in Buena Park. A little spot called Hollywood Pies is the closest I get to an authentic Deep dish pizza without getting on a plane and Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen on Manchester Blvd is pretty close to Grandma's cooking.
Advice you’d give to someone who wants to start riding:
Ride the L.A. River, SGV, Rio Hondo, Ballona Creek, etc. bike paths. Then take a biking 101 course and venture out into the city. Always wear a helmet and ride your bike as if the person driving in a car cannot see you.
Favorite bike lane or piece of bike infrastructure:
San Gabriel River Bike Path. 35 miles of car free bike riding. Doesn't get any better than that.
LACBC campaign or program you’re most excited about:
Photo above: Wayne addresses the crowd at the Skylines, Bridges, and Donuts Sunday Funday Ride that he planned and led. Photo by Serena Grace Liu.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:00am
The Carson Bicycle Coalition, a local chapter of LACBC, will be hosting the next Sunday Funday Ride on June 7th. This 20-mile ride will travel at a slow-to-moderate speed so that all type riders can enjoy. Some of the highlighted locations will be the StubHub Center & Velodrome, Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Metro Bus Transit Center, the Dominguez Channel Bike Path, the Goodyear Blimp, Carson City Hall & Community Center, the Metro Blue Line Train Station, the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Mission & Museum, and the SouthBay Pavilion.
When: Sunday, June 7; 9:00 a.m., ends at around 12:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Carson SouthBay Pavilion parking lot (Avalon Blvd. & Del Amo Blvd, near Sears Auto Center).
Ride Length: Approximately 20 miles total.
Ride Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours roundtrip
Difficulty: Casual at a slow-to-moderate pace.
What to bring: helmet (required for children under the age of 18), water, sunscreen, money for lunch afterwards
About Sunday Fundays: Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online (or become a member at the ride at a discounted price).
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are three different classes being offered:
- "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-A) - Session A
- "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-B) - Session B
- "Basic Bicycling Skills"
All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). These classes are for adults and youth who are at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian. Participants receive a free bicycle helmet and bike lights.
Classes are being offered in:
- Santa Monica
- Culver City
- North Hills
- Downtown Los Angeles
- North Long Beach
Check out the full schedule (beginning Sunday, June 7), and register at http://la-bike.org/bicyclesafetyclasses.
Congratulations to all 20 riders of Team LACBC, who completed the 320+ miles of Climate Ride California last Thursday.
Thank you to our Team Captain Greg Laemmle (who has set a fundraising record), Carrie Ungerman, Colin Bogart, Hyeran Lee, Lani Anderson, Mike Andrick, Alan Bair, Alek Bartrosouf, Laurel Bybee, Israel Coutin, Eric Gardner, Greg Heining, Nora Hipolito, Marc Horwitz, Ezra Laemmle, Nathan Lucero, Erik Mar, Parisa Mirzadehgan, Edmundo Rea, and Harvey Slater.
Let's look at the ride by the numbers:
- 1: Place Team LACBC got this year as the top fundraising team.
- 3: Number of Team LACBC-ers that made it into the Climate Ride Top 10 for individual fundraising (Greg L, Carrie, and Marc).
- 3: Years LACBC has been the top fundraising team.
- 3: Number of former LACBC interns on Climate Ride. That would be Team LACBC's Hyeran and Edmundo, as well as Team Bike East Bay's Erica Tan!
- 3: Number of Laemmle Theatre Contest winners on the ride (Edmundo, Mike, and Lani).
- 5: Number of Team LACBC-ers that returned from last year (Greg L, Marc, Alek, Erik, and Parisa). In fact, this was Greg L's and Marc's 3rd time doing Climate Ride.
- 20: Final number of people on Team LACBC this year. (This made it particularly hard to get a complete team photo.)
- 320: Approximate miles ridden by each rider.
- 28,910 (and counting): Dollars raised by Team Captain Greg L, a new Climate Ride record!
- 110,468 (and counting): Dollars raised by Team LACBC for LACBC and other environmental causes.
And thanks to all the donors, friends, and family that supported our riders along the way. We especially want to give shout outs to those that donated $500+ to Team LACBC members: Galpin, Nancy Unngerman, Laemmle Charitable Foundation, Roof Resources Inc, Green Dinosaur Inc, Horton Engineering, Grantors Foundation, Reynolds & Reynolds, Abramorama, SoCal Cinetech, NATO of CA/NV, Elkins Kalt, Teen Line, Double Exposure, Spotlight Cinema Network, Bob Laemmle, and Christine Mar.
Check out some of the posts from Team LACBC in our Storify collection.
(Doesn't it look fun? Consider joining Team LACBC on Climate Ride California in 2016!)