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Great fun at CicLAvia, OccupyLA, Metrolink provides bicycle car

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Trindel and Richard Maine

Trindel and Richard Maine on the 4th St Bridge at CicLAvia

Sarge, Richard and Trindel Maine, and I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and caught the 6:39 am Metrolink train to CicLAvia.

This time, just as many or more cyclists were there as the last time, but there were also lots of other non-cycling activities going on, like “street chess,” dodge ball, walking tours, and OccupyLosAngeles.

OccupyLA protestor

"Lucy" with her sign at LA City Hall

The OccupyLosAngeles people were on the south lawn of City Hall. The atmosphere was peaceful and organized. As I walked my bike through on the sidewalk, I heard lively discussions and saw some folks cooking breakfast for others.

As I was leaving, I met “Lucy” with her sign in support of teachers and asked if I could take her photo. She told me that in 1973 she cycled across Africa and the Middle East.

Trindel and Michele

Trindel Maine and I ride in CicLAvia

We rode almost the complete CicLAvia route, but somehow we missed the Chinatown spur. The liveliest part of the route was on the South LA spur, which had block after block of brightly decorated vendor booths selling all kinds of products and delicious-smelling food.

Metrolink Bike Car

Metrolink Bicycle Car on the Antelope Valley Line for CicLAvia

Eventually, we had to head back to the AV on the train. Metrolink provided us with a Bicycle Car, which was the icing on the cake of a wonderful day.


Bicycle John’s Caffe Racers Night Ride preempted by Trail Head Bingo Ride this weekend

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The regular Saturday night Caffe Racers ride is being preempted this weekend.

Instead, Bicycle John’s will be leading the bike ride at the Trail Head Bingo Event this Saturday, August 13th starting at 7:00 am, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Trail Head, 2551 West Avenue H.

We’ll have a fun ride, receive a stamp for a bingo card, which we can turn in for a wonderful raffle prize!