OCBC Thanks CicLAvia!

Many thanks to the organizers of CicLAvia for allowing the Orange County Bicycle Coalition to participate in a wonderful day.  Let’s do it again, but next time in “our” house!  Now if only there were a way to connect the 2 counties in a cross-county “County La Via?” hmmmm maybe someday; the sooner the better, yes?










The OCBC would also like to thank and recognize the Sponsors and Volunteers that make events like this possible.  Thank you ALL very much!


Specifically, we would like to thank Garo’s Produce for donating a bottomless bin of oranges to feed and hydrate the masses for almost 4 hours!  They were appreciated very much, and tasty too!  Thanks to Roger Martin from the South Bay Wheelmen who moved the oranges from Garo’s over to Woori Market in Little Tokyo whose management kindly kept them overnight and delivered them to our intersection at lunchtime.

Thank You, or perhaps どうもありがとう, or Domo arigato!

Thank you to  The Home Depot (in Tustin and LA) and ACE Beverage for supplying water, and liquid refreshments, especially the end of day ones (wink, wink, nudge, – say no more)!

According to OCBC’s Jim Freibert, “As far as we know, our adopted intersection was the only one giving away any food or water”.

Thanks to our Sponsors this was possible, thank you again very much.

But we didn’t hand out just food and water!
Thanks to:
Knott’s Berry Farm, the OC Tourism Council, the  CA Visitors Welcome Center in Buena Park, MEDIEVAL TIMES, and PIRATES  for their donations of tickets and posters of attractions in the OC.

Thanks to Katie for all the balloons (orange of course), which brought some nice color to the cityscape and helped frame our adopted intersection.

Thanks goes to our staff; Pete, for wearing two hats, as our Executive Director, and helping out everywhere; 

Brian and Jonathan from Jax Bicycle Centers with countless bicycle repairs.

The other board member, Vince Buck brought his Daughter Michelle, and her fiancee Brett – all shown in stopping traffic on East 4th Place and East Third Street – while motorized vehicles had the green light on South Alameda.

Thanks to Tony and Isabel for passing out water, and several hundred FREE plush toys, mostly bears from Plushland, and Marlene for your help as an Intersection Angel too! 

Wes Parsel from the OCTA was the first to arrive, and did double duty like most of our volunteers!

Finally, last but not least, two Orange Co (FVSD) teachers, cycling friends Dan, and Jane, with her husband Freddie, and Nick, and Lupi who came to help too!

Some of our “Intersection Angels”  wore Angels of Anaheim baseball caps, while others wore orange & blue caps from Rabobank, (whose team we’ll being seeing next month at the Tour d California) along with Orange T-shirts, and bright orange safety vests.

Thank you all, it was a real learning experience that can be applied to our own CiclOCia!

Garo’s Produce
1362 Lawrence St
Los Angeles, California 90021
Tel: (213) 236-0840

Ace Beverage Co.
401 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Map)
p. 323-264-6000

OCBC at CicLAvia !

The OCBC is looking for volunteers to help staff and provide support for the 4th CicLAvia this Sunday April 15th.

We will be located at the intersection of 3rd St and S. Alameda as seen below:

If we work in “mini-shifts” then we can also ride and support the event.  Who knows, you might even bring a bit of the magic to the OC to kindle the flame of inspiration for our own CiclOCia!

Rabobank Tour of California
team caps!

The next 9 Volunteers who sign up as OCBC “Intersection Angels” get a Rabobank cap. We need
11A – 1PM, and
1PM – 3PM, and
3PM – 4:30.

To volunteer Leave a Comment, we’ll confirm via e-mail.

If you’re looking for something to do the 15th, this is it. Pay it forward and get in on the fun!

Not only will you be helping a great cause succeed, you will bring back the seeds to plant and germinate here in the OC.    If we get enough people from a similar location, perhaps we could get a car, or vanpooly thing going.

 Weather forecast looks great!

Update: for those not sure about taking their own bikes,  rentals are available at the following places: Bike Nation USA,  Flying Pigeon, Downtown LA Bikes, and DTLA Bikes.


Title: CicLAvia
Location: Los Angeles
Link out: Click here
Description: Celebrate 10 miles of car free streets in the heart of the city.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-4-15
End Time: 15:00


CicLAvia Web

If you ever wanted to ride your bike sans traffic of the four wheel variety on the streets of the City of Angels, this event is for you! (because nobody walks in LA..!)
10 miles of roadways will temporarily close to car traffic and open for recreational purposes.
From Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood, El Pueblo/Olvera Street, and South LA, CicLAvia encourages Angelenos to not only make active use of their streets, but to rediscover the roadways and neighborhoods that too often go unnoticed in a car.

Metrolink and Amtrack are two ways to get to Union Station which is about 5 blocks away.
To bike from Union Station to CicLAvia: turn left/south on Alameda, then right on First Street, and you can’t miss it!

Of course, groups could form feeder rides to and from the event!
Could be a great model for something similar here in the OC.
Directions and a map (pdf) to look over might give you some ideas.