Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tour De Fat, New Belgium Brewing's bicycle festival returns to Los Angeles for a second year on October 8th (press release below) and cicLAvia is the next day on October 9th. The Bicycle Kitchen, C.I.C.L.E. and LACBC will staff and be the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the days events. It's pretty generous of New Belgium and super fun and FREE to get in. Mark your calendars now and Hooray for bicycles!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jenny Foust
New Belgium Brewing’s “Tour de Fat” to Bring out the
Inner Cyclist in 13 Cities This Year
Come Enjoy Bikes, Beer and Benevolence on a Beautiful Afternoon
Ft. Collins, CO, May 16, 2011 – If you haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, you just haven’t had enough fun on two wheels. In its 12th season, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle will make its mark on 13 cities this year, singing the praises of the bike life while raising funds for local non-profits. Tour de Fat is more than an event; it’s a rite of passage that includes a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food, bizarre bike contests and much more.
A highlight of Tour de Fat is the annual car-for-bike swap. At each Tour de Fat stop, one person will hand over his or her car keys and commit to one year of living car-free. Tour de Fat is now seeking volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. Each car-for-bike swapper will receive a hand-built Black Sheep (http://www.blacksheepbikes.com/) commuter bike in return for their car.
Volunteers are chosen after submitting an application describing their desire to live sans-car. To submit, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat), click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application in one of three formats: video (two minutes or less, please), photo or the written word.
“The car-for-bike swap epitomizes Tour de Fat, wherein one brave soul makes the commitment to live car-free while inspiring others to think about driving alternatives,” said Bryan Simpson, spokesman for New Belgium. “We’re building a network of folks who originally said they’d leave their car behind for a year, but are still living car-free today.”
Tour de Fat kicks off in Durham, NC on June 25 and wraps up in Austin, TX on October 22.
A few tidbits about Tour de Fat:
Tour de Fat encourages everybody to team up and present each city with the most colorful, respectful and creative bike parade ever witnessed. (Hint: No one stands out like the guy who was too cool for a costume!)
Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible and composts and recycles waste. The waste diversion rate for 2010 was 91 percent.
Tour de Fat is free to attend, but beer and merchandise proceeds go to local cycling non-profits. During its lifespan, Tour de Fat events have raised more than $1.75 million for philanthropy. Last year Tour de Fat raised $331,428.
All musical acts perform on a solar-powered stage decorated with recycled materials; trucks and transport use biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils; and all vendors operate off the grid.
This is a pro-bike celebration, not an anti-car rally…non-cyclists are more than welcome to join the festivities.
See http://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit your entry to swap your gas guzzler for a shiny new bicycle.
Tour de Fat 2011 will cycle through each of the following cities:
June 25 – Durham, NC, Diamond View Park
July 9 – Nashville, TN, Centennial Park
July 16 – Chicago, IL, Palmer Square
July 23 – Minneapolis, MN, Loring Park
July 30 – Milwaukee, WI, Humboldt Park
August 20 – Boise, ID, Ann Morrison Park
September 3 – Ft. Collins, CO, Civic Center Park
September 10 – Denver, CO, City Park
September 24 – San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park
October 1 – San Diego, CA, Balboa Park
October 8 – Los Angeles, CA, L.A. Historic Park
October 15 – Tempe, AZ, Tempe Town Lake
October 22 – Austin, TX, Fiesta Garden
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Happy Spring and into Summer! Don't let the June Gloom get you down. Jump on your bicycle and ride.
Here's some newsy news from our cocineros.
BICYCLE KITCHEN CYCLING CAPS //
We have a limited number of super sexxee cycling caps designed by Cooks, J.Patrick Adair, MaBell and OpsFac, Kelly. Come on down to the Kitchen and pick one up for yourself. (Starting Monday, the 13th at NOON)
Just a reminder that we offer maintenance classes about once or twice a month. They fill up fast, so check 'em out! HERE.
Bicycle Kitchen Annual Retreat June 10th - 12th
We are heading out to Malibu Creek for our Annual Retreat. Bike camping, swimming and a fruitful discussion about where we're headed for the next two years are on the agenda with the weekend facilitated by Joe Linton and Federico Tobon of the Los Angeles Eco-Village.
We'll be open with our regular hours on Monday at Noon.
Fourth of July Weekend
Since we're an all-volunteer run organization we like to take three day weekends as an opportunity to close and give our Cooks a chance to RIDE THEIR BIKES! We'll be closed for the July Fourth Holiday from July 2nd - 4th.
Regular Hours resume Tuesday, the 5th at 6:30pm.
WRENCH N' RIDE IS ON IT'S WAY
The Bicycle Kitchen has signed the lease FINALLY! on the space at Hollywood/Western, which will (hopefully) begin construction in July. If you would like to make an earmarked donation towards tools, video projector or screen for this fantastic new bicycle repair education space go HERE.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Cooks.
DONATE today! We need you.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
June 8, 2011 5:30pm-7:30pm
William Roschen, President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission & Alexis Lantz, Planning and Policy Director for Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Join us in conversation with Commissioner Roschen and Alexis Lantz discussing the Los Angeles City Bicycle Master Plan, approved in March by the City Council. The Bicycle Master Plan calls for an eventual network of 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways, including more than 200 miles of new bicycle routes every five years. It also calls for a safety campaign to educate drivers about sharing the streets. Learn how the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and Department of Transportation collaborated to make this vision come true.
June 8, 2011 5:30pm-7:30pm
2515 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Ride & park inside. Drinks and Light Refreshments served.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
June 18, 2011 12:15pm - 3pm
Jimmy Lizama: I am a Bicycle Messenger, My Message is Bicycle.
Jimmy Lizama has been a bicycle messenger in Los Angeles for over a decade. His vocation has taken him around the world to participate in bike messenger events and locally it has inspired and facilitated several ventures into invoking bicycle culture in the city he holds so dear, chief among them The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina, a DIY bicycle repair space in East Hollywood that he originated in a small kitchen of the Los Angeles Eco Village, an intentional community in Korea Town. With subpoenas, 6 packs, prose, pizzas, costumes, flyers and now a 1-year old boy in tow, Jimmy has navigated the expanse of L.A. without a car his entire life. He invites you to join him as he cycles through what it means to ride a bike in L.A. and why it’s vital that you join the club atop two “push-pedals.”
Jimmy is our co-founder along with Ben Guzman and a veritable poet. Space is limited so RSVP today!