CicLAvia extends route to South LA

The city’s 6th CicLAvia, an open-streets biking event, will extend its route to incorporate more of South Los Angeles on Sunday April 21.

Bikers at the last CicLAvia event.

Bikers at the last CicLAvia event.

This marks a significant expansion for the event, which began with a smaller route in 2010.

“What we wanted to show was that CicLAvia wasn’t just about being in downtown Los Angeles,” said Aaron Paley, executive director of CicLAvia.

Sunday’s route will stretch 15 miles, from the city’s historic center El Pueblo de Los Angeles all the way to Venice Beach.

Bikers are encouraged to stop along the way to explore the city at local restaurants and shops.

The event is not a race, but rather an immersive Los Angeles experience. [Read more…]

Riding for peace, love and family in South LA

by Jessica Kendall-Bar

imageThe South LA ride and festival organized by Shuntain Thomas of the Real Rydaz brought people from many different parts of Los Angeles to Vermont and Exposition to ride together on July 1. With support from other local bike clubs, including the East Side Riders and Los Ryderz, the Real Rydaz led this ten mile bike ride through South Los Angeles. They encourage being active and fighting obesity by biking in the local community. They raised awareness of the problem of child obesity by having the bike tour end with live performances from local artists, a raffle bike give-away, and presentations by health outreach services.

imageShuntain Thomas, the Real Rydaz, and We Are Responsible People (WARP) worked to create this event not only to spread awareness of the possible health problems related with inactivity, but also to encourage the creation of bike lanes and bike friendly city planning in South L.A. This year has given rise to many more bike lanes than in previous years, but safety concerns still exist. There are complicated intersections which make community members concerned that children or other bikers may be hit by trains and cars. The Real Rydaz surpassed many obstacles in acquiring the needed permits for the ride and put on an event which effectively brought people together to celebrate their community and what it has to offer.