I got a bright and early start on Thursday morning to check out the festivities for Bike to Work Day. Since I had spent the night in Glendale, my first stop out of the 39 Bike to Work Day pit-stops across the city was at The Bicycle Mart on Brand Blvd. in beautiful Glendale.
I got to meet Bill, the owner of the Bicycle Mart, a collector of antique bicycles, and an all-around nice guy. He’s up to 200 already and hopes to one day open up a museum of bicycle history. Out in front of the Bicycle Mart was a table staffed by two volunteers and stacked with goodies. Maps, danishes, coffee, bumper stickers, you name it.
From there, I pedaled down to the Glendale Amtrak station for a ride into downtown. Even though the fare wasn’t free for riders, like all the Metro and LADOT buses, there were still plenty of bicyclists on the train.
Once downtown, I took a spin by the pit-stop at City Hall and the LACBC pit-stop at their headquarters down on Spring St. The City Hall pit-stop was handing out maps, donuts, and bike lights.
The LACBC pit-stop was absolutely jumping. My friends at LACBC told me that they had already seen over 30 cyclists by the time (8:00) I had gotten there. While I was hanging out, another 10 or so cyclists showed up.
LACBC was giving away these HUGE gift bags, and Cliff Bar was doing some promotional work for their 2 Mile Challenge.