LADOT Bike Blog was out on the streets for the Tour LaBonge last week. Wednesday June 30th marked the 3rd of 6 scheduled evening rides organized by District 4 Council Member Tom LaBonge. Today, Wednesday July 7th, will see the 4th Tour LaBonge ride through the Miracle Mile. Riders meet at Tom’s Hollywood Field Office at 6501 Fountain Avenue at 5:30.
On June 30th, LADOT Bike Blog had a great ride with the Tour LaBonge in Toluca Lake and North Hollywood.
Riders started gathering at 5:30 in the parking lot of Tom’s North Hollywood field office. Just like the Tour LaBonge from the week before, Positively Fourth Street, those who showed up at Riverside Drive were a wide range of bicyclists. Some were young and some were old. Some were casual riders and some were dedicated cyclists. Some were local residents and some were bicycle advocates. One rider even brought his tandem bike.
The ride began by swinging south and east through the gorgeous Toluca Lake neighborhood. While we didn’t get to see the lake itself, our route took us pretty close. The streets were very quiet, pleasantly shaded, and beautifully paved.
Heading west through Toluca Lake and Woodbridge Park, the Tour next turned north to ride the bike lanes on Colfax Avenue.
Council Member LaBonge also pitched in, helping the LAPD escort keep the riders safe.
The Tour swung eastward again once it hit the bike lanes on Chandler Blvd. It was there that the Tour took its half-way pit stop at the LAFD Fire Station 60. The complementary bottled water was much appreciated by the riders.
From there, the Tour LaBonge continued east to meet up with the Chandler Boulevard bike path. The Tour riders shared the bike path with the many bicyclists, pedestrians, and rollerskaters that we met along way. Many of the buildings alongside the Chandler Boulevard bike path were decorated with artwork, further enhancing the beauty of the ride.
The ride ended back at Tom’s district office on Riverside drive. Afterward, riders continued to congregate, socialize, and get meals together. Marie Callender’s offered free pie to all riders on the Tour LaBonge, and Paty’s was offering $1.50 hamburgers for their 50th anniversary. Among those who stuck around for a cheap hamburger were some LAPD bike patrol officers. It was there that LADOT Bike Blog saw one of the most unique locking techniques around.
LADOT Bike Blog hopes to see you out at the Miracle Mile ride tonight! For more Tour LaBonge photos, check out the LADOT Bike Blog flickr page.