Pasadena gears up for Bike Week with cycle-themed events
By Sara Cardine 05/10/2012
Next week, let your bicycle be your passport to adventure as the 6th Annual Bike Week Pasadena kicks off Monday with six days of free and public activities. The event runs through Saturday and is sponsored by the City of Pasadena and LA-based nonprofit advocacy group Cyclists Inciting Change through LIVE Exchange (CICLE).
Every day features at least one fun, bike-related event designed to inspire residents to get active, participate in the community and increase ridership.
Monday features a Taste of Pasadena Ride that meets at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, at the corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street. Participants can cruise the Playhouse district and sample foods from Japon Bistro, El Portal Restaurant, Tender Greens and Whole Foods Market Arroyo.
A ladies night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday will feature a bicycle maintenance clinic for women at Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado, Blvd., while a 5:30 p.m. Mayor’s Ride Wednesday at The Rose Bowl welcomes families of all skill levels to bike with Mayor Bill Bogaard and partake in vendor booths, entertainment and prizes.
May 17 is National Bike to Work Day and, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., bicycle commuters are encouraged to make a pit-stop at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., for coffee and snacks. CICLE members will be on hand to offer safety tips and information on the city’s bike routes. Later, from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy a Bike from Work shift party at Incycle Bike Shop, 175 S. Fair Oaks Blvd., and get a bike safety inspection and one free beer for commuters over 21 from New Belgium Brewing Company.
Incycle will be the meeting place Friday at 7 p.m. for anyone who wants to bike to One Colorado Courtyard to catch a ride-in showing of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” On Saturday, from 6:30 to 11 p.m., celebrate life on two wheels at an All City Ride and Bike Week Pedal Party that begins and ends at Paseo Colorado. Pedal through the streets then stay for an evening of fun, food, music, giveaways and prizes from REI, as well as a CICLE fundraiser.
All participants must bring a bike in good running order and plenty of night lights for evening events. Bicyclists must be able to ride safely and have the ability to brake, change gears and balance while stopping and starting. Riders under 18 must wear helmets and be escorted by a parent or guardian and children under 8 should be on a tagalong, bike trailer, tandem bike or other safe child carrying device to participate.