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Bikerowave lends a hand at Sunday’s A Place Called Home tire clinic

Bikerowave lends a hand at Sunday’s A Place Called Home tire clinic

As part of C.I.C.L.E.’s Community Workshops, Bikerowave volunteers stopped by A Place Called Home to demonstrate how a tire change is done proper. Thus, a sunny Sunday morning, a group of Bikerowave volunteers sailed across town in cars and on bikes to do what they do best: pass on wrenching skills. En route, we were […]

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AT on Critical Mass, LAPD Involvement, Encouraging New Riders, and the Future

This is an oldie, but a goodie. The interviewee rambles at times, but does make some coherent points, as outlined in the list of timestamps below. Memorable quotables included. Topic timestamps 0:00 – LA Critical Mass escort: LAPD’s role, corking “Come out and ride before you criticize” 1:45 – How to minimize motorist aggression during […]

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Three Westside Rides to CicLAvia

Three Westside Rides to CicLAvia

Santa Monica Spoke is leaving the SM Pier (Ocean and Colorado) at 8:30am.  Slow pace. (SM Spoke blog, Facebook event page) BikeRoWave is leaving Mar Vista at 9:30am sharp – we really mean 9:30! 12-15mph pace.  (Blog, Facebook event) There is also a UCLA group led by E3 (Economy, Ecology, Equity) leaving the Ackerman Bus […]

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Reason #5 to go to CicLAvia: Dodgeball

Reason #5 to go to CicLAvia: Dodgeball

You must go to CicLAvia.  I’ll offer you reasons you should go, but the real reason is that you don’t have a choice – CicLAvia is now compulsory for all cyclists, so says the Bikeside Illuminati.  The reasons are just a way for you to feel like you made the decision to go to CicLAvia […]

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Gearing up for cold and wet weather

Gearing up for cold and wet weather

The rain will return this Sunday, so instead of getting stuck on that slow ass bus, you might as well get ready to ride. On my rainy commute home one afternoon last year, I had a nice old lady pull up next to me once and offer me a ride. I smiled and respectfully declined […]

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Yelena Krupen sentenced, Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, Cat pounces printer

Yelena Krupen sentenced, Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, Cat pounces printer

Krupen was charged with a Hit and run involving property damage for colliding with Brandon Chau in Beverly Hills last year. The second charge was driving with a suspended license – that was dropped. She been sentenced to 36 months summary probation, $354.77 restitution to the victim, and 15 days of jail time.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: “Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks”

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: “Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks”

“Riding a bike is like swimming with the sharks.  Sooner or later you’ll get bitten. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks.” You’re a great man to look up to, Rob Ford. Your transportation plan is quite visionary.  Maybe one day your kids can be chubby like you and lead a high-cholesterol, “independent”, motorized […]

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Photos: CicLAvia 10/10/10

Photos: CicLAvia 10/10/10

CicLAvia was great.  Here’s my write up, in photos (full set on Facebook and Bikeside):

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The top 11 Things I want to do at CicLAvia

The top 11 Things I want to do at CicLAvia

CicLAvia is Sunday.  The organizers of the event capitalized on a setback (“if you push a negative hard enough it becomes a positive” paraphrase of Saul Alinsky) and rescheduled the event for the numerically alliterative date of 10/10/10.  Apart from the obvious conclusion that they will be forced to organize events for 11/11/11, 12/12/12, 20/20/2020 […]

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Road Rage on the Planet of the Apes

Road Rage on the Planet of the Apes

Unless you’ve been under a rock where they don’t have the internet, you know that the Mandeville Canyon road rager, Christopher Thompson, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.  From a punitive standpoint, he deserves every lick.  For many though, it’s hard to celebrate that; even Ron Peterson, who lost his nose to Thompson’s […]

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