A few of the happy velocipedists at C.I.C.L.E.'s November 2009 Tweed, Moxie and Moustache Ride

The non-profit group Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) hosts a monthly series of Urban Expedition bike rides in various parts of L.A. County. Urban Expeditions are beginner-friendly and family-friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring friends who are less confident. The rides are relatively short (5-8 miles) with a few stops for rest and learning. There are lots of C.I.C.L.E. volunteers to help keep things really safe and fun. Participants and leaders often dress up to celebrate the ride’s theme (check out these pictures of our recent tweed ride!)

This Saturday, January 16th 2009, C.I.C.L.E. hosts our Urban Gardens Ride.

Meet at 12noon the Bicycle Kitchen, 706 North Heliotrope Drive, L.A. 90029. Located very close to the corner of Heliotrope Drive and Melrose Avenue – three short blocks west of Vermont Avenue, and a very short bike ride from the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro Red Line Station. Ride departs at 12:30pm. It’s free! Beginner-friendly and family friendly – about 6 miles – relatively flat.

The lettuce is one winter crop that's doing well in the LAEV gardens. It really enjoyed this morning's rain.

If you’ve been hoping to get a shorter cheaper greener harder better faster stronger (compared to our regular 3-hour tours) introduction to Los Angeles Eco-Village, then this ride is for you. We’ll be doing a walk-through of the eco-village gardens, including lots of fruit trees, greywater, rainwater harvesting, chickens, and more. At the end of the block, we’ll also briefly tour the Bresee Foundation’s Bimini Slough Ecology Park (watch this excellent video introduction to the innovative park project that closed a block of 2nd Street to re-create part of a historic creek.)

The ride will tour a couple of other local community gardens: Francis Avenue Community Garden and Rosewood Community Garden. It will also introduce folks to the future 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard, and pay a visit to Mama’s Hot Tamales.

Come on down and ride with us this Saturday!

(Cross-posted at the LAEV blog and the LAEV Garden Blog. Interested party note: the author of this post, eco-village resident Joe Linton, works for C.I.C.L.E.!)