2019 California Bicycle Summit Bike Tours

2019 California Bicycle Summit Bike Tours

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Center for Healthy Communities LA

1000 Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The 2019 California Bicycle Summit is proud to feature six walking and biking tours of Los Angeles hosted by local experts.

About this event

Tours are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, 2:00-5:30 pm and Thursday morning, 8:15-noon. Please select only one tour ticket per day. Tickets are free but required to reserve a spot. Donations of $20 are requested to support local advocacy.

Bring water and a bicycle if you have one! Bikes will be provided for those without one.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for information on sessions at the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) scheduled during the tours.

#Active SGV Campus Tour

Thu 8:15 am - 11:50 am, Union Station bike share pod

A public transit/cycling adventure from the CA Endowment into the City of El Monte to tour and visit the SGV Bicycle Education Center. Participants would go from Union Station, jump on the gold line east toward Azusa, exit at Arcadia Station, ride approximately 5 miles to the SGV Bicycle Education Center in El Monte. Participants would be able to check out the Jeff Seymour Family Center where multiple nonprofits are hosted, including ActiveSGV. Through funding from CalFire and in partnership with Amigos de Los Rios, ActiveSGV has created a bike skills park and pump track on campus! The campus is able to host bike safety classes, repair workshops, Earn a Bike program, and Learn to Bike classes for all ages.

David Diaz, Wes Reutimann, and Jose Jimenez, ActiveSGV

Art and Alleys of the Arts District

Thu 9:30 am - 11:50 am, Union Station bike share pod

The Arts District Los Angeles is like an open air gallery, full of murals, and street art. This special Bicycle Summit version of Handlebar Bike Tours' most popular tour will focus on the urban era history of the district from its beginnings as a transit hub to its current day struggles with gentrification. You'll learn about the more significant artists who are there today, and what organizations and developers are doing to preserve affordability for artists. You'll tour the most famous street art and graffiti of the district as well as hard-to-find gems in back alleys best reached by bicycle, a fine art gallery, and an artists' co-op.

Jennifer Nutting, founder of Handlebar Bike Tours

Bicycle Tour of Santa Clarita - LA's High Country

Thu 8:15 am - 11:50 am, meet at 8:15 inside Union Station

The City of Santa Clarita maintains a network of 40 miles of Class I bike paths across its 64 square miles. In addition to the steep topography surrounding the city, its form is influenced by arterial roads curving between neighborhoods, and the Santa Clara River. Much of the city’s trail system runs along the river and its tributaries with under crossings of roadways to create a unique, uninterrupted trail experience. City staff will lead the tour and answer questions regarding how the network came about during the city’s 32 years of existence and provide a glimpse of how active transportation can be included in the connected city of the future.

Don't be late. You'll need time to buy tickets and walk to the platform in time for train's departure at 8:29 sharp!

Gus Pivetti, City Traffic Engineer; Tom Reilly, City Trails and Bikeways Panner; Nina Moskol, Chair of Santa Clarita Vally Bicycle Coalition

LA is Here to Explore Ride

Thu 8:15 am - 11:50 am, Center for Healthy Communities courtyard

Group rides are a great opportunity to bond and what a better way to put a stamp on this year’s conference than exploring LA by bike? From Downtown to Griffith Park riders can take in iconic views and sites such as Dodger Stadium, Silver Lake, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign. The distance will cover roughly 20 miles, and features climbing for intermediate riders and above.

Zachary Rynew, CiclaValley; Joshua Cohen, CalBike Board of Directors; Dorothy Wong, CalBike Board of Directors

LA River Path: Closing the Gap

Wed 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Station

Everyone knows the LA River. You may remember the large, trapezoid-shaped concrete river bed, topped with rows of high voltage power lines from such films as Grease and Terminator II. Channelized mostly in the 1930s, the once meandering LA River is experiencing a rebirth. Agencies up and down the river are working to bring nature and people back to the river. One project, funded by Measure M and breaking ground in 2023, will enable recreational and transportation use of the river by closing an 8-mile gap to create a 32-mile-long continuous bike path, completely separated from automobile traffic. The project will not just knit together the path – it will connect all of the communities in between, including Elysian Valley, Union Station – Los Angeles’ regional transit hub, Boyle Heights, Vernon and Maywood. Join us on a ride of the existing LA River Path to discuss the opportunities and challenges of closing the gap.

Led by Alta Planning + Design and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)

Walking Tour of Downtown LA

Wed 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm, Center for Healthy Communities courtyard (no bike required)

Downtown LA is the intersection of the history, culture and community that brought forth and continue to form this amazing city. Leaving the CHC, we will walk through Olvera Street and briefly explore the museums at the El Pueblo de los Angeles. We will continue along Main Street and through the Rotunda at Los Angeles City Hall. Exiting the Spring Street steps, we will walk two blocks west through Grand Park and then cut over to the Cathedral. From the Cathedral we will continue along Grand Avenue, stopping at the brand new Music Center plaza and on to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where we will explore the hidden garden. We will take Angel’s Flight down the hill to Grand Central Market for refreshments. We will end with a walk through the Bradbury Building, where the tour will end.

Blair Miller, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and City of LA employee

Note on regular/indoor sessions:

Sessions during the Wednesday tour on the LA River: Climate Crisis and the Bicycle I – The Green New Deal; Creating Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy by and for Women; E-bikes Extend the Reach of Active Transportation; Climate Crisis and the Bicycle II – Local and State Strategies for a Sustainable Transportation Revolution; Windmills on Market: Doing More Meaningful Community Engagement on Walkability;

Session during the Thursday tours: CalBike Track: 2020 Legislative Agenda; LA Track: The State of Advocacy in LA: Where’s the Momentum?

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