It’s our favorite month here at the LADOT Bicycle Program: May a.k.a. National Bike Month! Next week is Bike Week! For many of our readers every week is bike week, but for folks interested in biking or just starting out, Bike Week has a lot to offer: learn how to fix your bicycle and plan your route, take a guided ride with an experienced bicyclist, and join the the growing number of bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day. And, oh yeah, there’s a big party at the end.
Bike Week is full of events, but we’ve got you covered with our select preview below:
The Definitive Guide: http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/
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Fix That Flat: Saturday, May 10th
Grease up your cruiser or tune up your clunker at Fix-Your-Bike events all over the city. Find your nearest Fix-It event so you and your wheels can hit the ground riding for Bike Week.
Old Roots, New Routes Ride!: Saturday, May 10th
Led by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., and the Eastside Bike Club, “Old Roots, New Routes Ride,” is a community ride through Temple City and down Rosemead Boulevard as part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO) celebration. Rosemead Blvd. features the first cycletracks in L.A. County. The ride will explore Temple City’s past and future, and teach safe riding tactics and bicycle etiquette. Meet at Rosemead Blvd. just south of Las Tunas Dr. at 10:30 AM for an hour ride. Ride will leave promptly at 11AM.
Bike with Your Mom: Sunday, May 11th
Location TBD. Celebrate Mother’s Day on two wheels! Everyone is welcome.
Bike Week Kick-off Photo Op: Monday, May 12th
Start Bike Week right: get a photo with your favorite #bikela advocate! Meet up with the movers and shakers of LA’s bike community at the Official Bike Week LA Kick-off. 9-11AM at Union Station.
Bless Your Bicycle: Tuesday, May 13th
Blessed Father spare me from flats. Divine Providence steer me from potholes. And for all that is holy, join us at the 11th Annual Blessing of Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital from 8 AM – 9:30 AM. This event will also celebrate the recipient of the Golden Spoke Award, which is given to the individual that has worked to increase bike safety in Los Angeles. Free breakfast will be provided.
Take a Guided Ride Led By Babes: Wednesday, May 14
Take a short tour of a variety of LA’s most exciting bike infrastructure! The ride, led by Senior Bicycle Coordinator, Michelle Mowery and the Bodacious Bike Babes (BBBs), will start at 8:30AM at Patasouras Plaza and head through the Arts District to Mariachi Plaza and through the Civic Center back to Metro where we will share food and refreshements in the beatiful Union Station Courtyard. Route map here: https://goo.gl/maps/NcY19
Bike to Work Day: Thursday, May 15
We know what you’re thinking, that you live too far from work to be able to bike there. But guess what? Just for today there will be FREE RIDES on TRANSIT* for those with a BIKE and HELMET. Maybe we should rename this Multi-Modal Commute Day? Sign the pledge to Bike to Work and automatically be entered in a raffle for a new bike: http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/bw-pledge-form/
LADOT will be hosting our Pit Stop at the Sunset Triangle Plaza from 6:30 to 9:00am. We’ll have all kinds of Bike Program swag and be giving demonstrations on how to use our newly installed Bicycle Repair Station!
Party with Your Bike: Friday, May 16
Bike Night is happening at Union Station from 5:30-8:30 PM. There will be live music, food trucks, and bicycle portraits.
Bike Locally: All Week, May 12-18
All week local businesses around the city will offer special discounts for bicyclists.
Bike All Month: May is National Bike Month!
Bike Everyday: Join Metro in spreading the word that “Every Day is Bike Day”
*only pertains to certain transit operators; at time of publication this includes: Glendale Beeline, Long Beach Transit, Metrolink (must bring a bike to ride for free), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit System, Torrance Transit, LADOT, Beach Cities Transit, City of El Monte Transit, and Pasadena ART