Biking in Los Angeles has become more than a lifestyle choice or healthy hobby; for many, its both a big part of their social lives and an attitude adjustment away from our car-centric culture. LA Biking events are a fun way to meet new people and great exercise, and most accommodate all skill levels, while some are kid-friendly as well.
This organization has grown to become one of the largest community bike rides in the country. The group departs at 7:30 p.m. on the last Friday of every month at the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, adjacent to the Purple Line Metro Station. The tour coverage area changes, but typically covers about 30 miles at a pace of 10 miles per hour. There are a couple pit spots for bathroom breaks and food. The event ends around midnight at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
This group, which is central to neighborhoods such as Eagle Rock and Highland Park, meets on the third Friday of each month. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Metro Station, located on Avenue 57 one block from Figueroa Street, and departs promptly at 7 p.m.
The Pasadena chapter is geared towards a more family-friendly crowd, since the event takes place in the daytime and usually includes a side excursion after the ride to a park, where people usually share picnic fare and kids can play. Participants meet at Memorial Park on the third Saturday at 10 a.m. of every month. Music sometimes accompanies the adventure, and the pace is relaxed, with the entire ride lasting about 60 to 90 minutes.
This event takes place on the first Friday evening of every month near the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier at Colorado and Ocean Avenues. The cannon is a good landmark to look for. Meet at 6:30 p.m.; rides typically last a few hours.
Inspired by a car-free event concept called Ciclovía that originated in Bogotá, Colombia, this street-closure series is particularly meaningful in Los Angeles, where no matter how much drivers have traversed certain territories, it’s an entirely different experience to explore them by bike. And biking is but one option; others include walking, skating, rollerblading, skateboarding—basically, any form of non-motorized transportation is welcomed. The inaugural event occurred in October 2010, and the fifth took place October 7, 2012, when the original path was updated to mix things up a bit. Newly added routes include Chinatown, Exposition Park, Grand Park and Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Among areas still included from previous events are MacArthur Park, Little Tokyo and the Fourth Street Bridge. Stay tuned for updates on future events.
Inspired by the original Midnight Ridazz “party on wheels” mentality, this San Fernando Valley group is working on organizing a more regular schedule of events, but highlights so far have included a 2011 and 2012 Halloween night ride. Participants gather at Nordhoff and Reseda Boulevards, beginning at 7 p.m., with the rollout scheduled for 8 p.m.