Family is important, but cycling allows you to form close bonds as well.
Jennifer Longville may not think of herself solely as a cyclist.
As a professional and mother, riding a bike sometimes takes a back seat, but that doesn't wane it's importance.
Cycling provides Jennifer not just an outlet to get away, but also also a sense of community.
Her Wednesday night Women's Ride isn't just a two hour escape, but a ritual.
With the work week being so hectic, the friendships and camaraderie formed from this group ride gives her something to look forward to in the middle of the week.
We catchup with Jennifer as she talks about how she found her "2nd family".
Everyone bikes growing up, but sometimes riding escapes us.
Sometimes it takes a chance encounter, unusual circumstance or even luck to find your way back.
Cycling played a big part of Jason's Hurst childhood, but as we reach adulthood, life happens and priorities change.
Jason found his way back and is now obsessed with cycling.
In fact, you're bound to see him at almost every LACBC ride as one of our most prominent marshals.
This has been another year of growth on the bike riding further and discovering new places to ride, especially as he's in his final month of training for the Climate Ride.
Everyone knows how well-organized and thoughtful Jason is, so preparing for 324 miles of riding over five days is something he is not taking lightly.
LACBC Everywhere catches up with Jason for one of those rare moments he is not on a bike:Read more
Cycling is a science and that's something Dan Mack knows all to well. With his engineering background, Dan loves the mechanical aspect of not just riding bicycles, but fixing them too.
As a dad living in Mar Vista, he incorporates cycling not just as a way to work, but a way to navigate through all the westside traffic.
Dan is also fortunate enough that his work embraces bicycling with facilities waiting for him after making his daily commute.
We caught up with Dan to see what it's like to balance work, family and fun with cycling.Read more
You don’t have to ride on two wheels to be a supporter of the cycling community.
Uli Nasibova moved to Los Angeles eight years ago settling immediately in Downtown, but has also been an early adopter of getting around without a car.
She's watched the area's evolution closely and decided the time was right to open her own gelateria (Uli's Gelateria) inside the Spring Street Arcade.
Uli doesn't have to bike to work living just a block away, but she is a strong supporter of LACBC's Business Partnership Program, offering discounts to all of our members.
We asked Uli about her experiences living car free, the linkage between cycling and coffee, and her husband's adventures cycling around Los Angeles:Read more
Los Angeles County is so large that it is the nation’s most populous county. The Antelope Valley sits fifty miles north of Downtown Los Angeles, but offers great riding just like any part of Southern California.
Sharon Murdock grew up in Los Angeles and settled out in Palmdale with her husband, Clem, in 1996. While raising her family and starting her own business, Sharon picked up bicycling through her church, and Clem became a bicyclist too by proxy.
Being part of a group allowed them to make new friends and discover other places. Now, they can’t wait for their next adventure. Let’s see how Sharon’s cycling life has evolved.Read more
(Photo by Gus Sarmiento)
If there's a bike event going on in Los Angeles, you're not only likely to see Mike Bowers there, but you'll hear him as well. Whether it's Wolfpack Hustle, track racing, or even charity rides, expect that Mike will be emceeing.
His voice doesn't go quiet when he puts down the microphone. Mike is involved with the cycling community in a number of other ways, from leading his own nonprofit to giving people tours of the city.
It's not just Mike you'll see around town, but wherever he goes, you'll find his family on two wheels as well.
Mike sounds off on how cycling has shaped his life and vice versa.Read more
Cycling is a community.
It doesn't matter how fast you ride, what bike you have or how often you do it. You have a connection knowing that your fellow cyclists share the same joys and anxieties as you.
When news breaks that cyclist has lost their life, you can't help but think about what that person left behind. Family. Friends. Even children. It is a perilous world, but one where we can use these tragedies to teach us how to live.
Last year, I attended my first Ride of Silence in Pasadena. I had no idea what to expect or how many people would be there, I just thought it was important to go to show my dedication to this community.Read more
The path to finding your way on a bicycle can be a long and circuitous route. Gabriela Bilich grew up around the Southeast Cities having a typical childhood. She was raised around family, went to the local schools, and appreciated the community she lived in.
After high school, Gabi didn’t really know her next steps, but at the urging of her aunt, she applied to colleges and attended the University of La Verne. Though just miles away from home, going to college opened up a whole to world to her.
Looking for work, Gabi started her career with L.A. County Social Services nearly twenty-five years ago not knowing exactly what she was getting into. She soon learned she had the ability help people and loved working as a case manager.
Soon after starting her work there, Gabi moved to the Foothills area for several years until moving back to Bell Gardens last year to live next to her mother. Though she hadn’t really biked since being a child, Gabi discovered the nearby L.A. River Path and her love for cycling instantly took off.
Not only did she start making new friends through cycling groups, but recently became co-chair of the Downey Bicycle Coalition.
Gabi shares with us how inadvertently finding cycling gave her a new outlook on life.
Melanie Freeland has taken a long and circuitous path to making LA home. Raised in the midwest, Melanie opted for the big city life of New York City coming out of school.
After meeting her husband David there, they moved to Los Angeles so he could attend graduate school at UCLA. With both of them pursuing careers in architecture, they unexpectedly fell in love with the diversity and opportunity that this city provides.
As they adjusted to the Southern Californian lifestyle, cycling became a large part of them maneuvering through the city.
Melanie shares how her architectural background and travels helped shape her values on seeing the world on two wheels.Read more
Ron Finley has been starting a renaissance of his own.
Having spent years as a designer of clothes and art, Ron started looking at the world in a different way. With a dearth of healthy foods available growing up in South Central LA, he saw a number of unused areas in his neighborhood as an opportunity.
Instead of these unclaimed spaces collecting trash, they could be harvesting fruits and vegetables. Gardening could not only provide a cheap source of fresh food, but also engage people in their own communities.
Little did he know urban gardening would lead to TED talks and recognition around the world, and earn him the moniker, "The Gangsta Gardener.”
Ron likewise has shaped his views of Los Angeles by riding around on two wheels. Cycling allows him the opportunity to explore and interact with the environment at more of a grassroots level.
We catch up with Ron to talk about beets, bikes and beyond.