C.I.C.L.E.’s Creek Freak Bike Tour – this Saturday February 20th

February 16, 2010 § 6 Comments

The soft-bottom Glendale Narrows stretch of the Los Angeles River - in its winter colors

This Saturday, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) will be hosting our more-or-less annual Urban Expeditions Creek Freak Los Angeles River Bike Tour. The fun new thing on this year’s ride is that bicyclists will get a chance to ride on the new Elysian Valley L.A. River bike path nearly completed.

C.I.C.L.E. hosts regular monthly Urban Expedition rides. These bike rides are free, easy, family-friendly, beginner-friendly. They’re targeted at getting newer, less-confident bicyclists up and riding and enjoying exploring our communities.
The free ride takes place this Saturday, February 20th, 2010. Meet at 12noon (depart at 12:30pm) at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens in Cypress Park (570 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065.) Arriving by bike/transit: Take your bike on the Metro Gold Line and exit the Lincoln/Cypress Station. From there, turn left onto Avenue 26 and go three blocks and the River Center is on your left. Driving directions available online here.

Did I mention that the event is FREE? You can become a C.I.C.L.E. member if you’re so inclined (and if you join in February 2010, you could win a fun gift pack from New Belgium Brewery.) It will be a leisurely-paced ~2-hour ride, a little riding on streets, but mostly on the Los Angeles River bike path through the scenic tree-lined Glendale Narrows. The soft-bottom Glendale Narrows is a little less green, and a little more brown, gray and yellow, in keeping with the winter season… but still lots of ducks, coots, cormorants, egrets, herons guaranteed. The ride will stop at a half-dozen scenic and historic locations with short talks on the flora, fauna and other fun facts. Ride guides include LA Creek Freak’s Joe Linton (me) and fish biologist Sabrina Drill. Sabrina Drill helped shape and execute FoLAR’s 2008 study on fish in and fishing on the L.A. River.  

RSVP via Facebook, or just show up! Rain cancels.

Ride includes the vast concrete walls of the historic confluence where the L.A. River meets the Arroyo Seco - photo by dudeonabike

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