Published : Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 5:35 AM
Locals are encouraged to leave their cars in the garage and dust off their bicycle as a part of Pasadena Bike Week where anyone can explore the city from a whole new perspective and mingle in two-wheeled groups all over town.
Bike Week marks the 10th year celebrating bicycling in Pasadena and coincides with May National Bike Month.
“Bike Week is a great opportunity to ride through our city and appreciate its geography, beauty, health and environmental benefits. There will be several opportunities throughout the week to partake in fun-filled events with other cyclists who share common goals,” said City of Pasadena spokesperson Lisa Derderian.
Bike Week is sponsored by the City of Pasadena and organized by C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) a local bike advocacy non-profit and continues through Saturday.
“We’re trying to get people to realize that you don’t always need a car to leave your house, you can use your bike,” said C.I.C.L.E.’s Managing Director Vanessa Gray. “You can move around in this city more quickly this way than in a car,” added Gray.
Bike Week features a varied schedule of events and includes Monday’s Taste of Pasadena where participants ride their bikes from the Playhouse District to Old Town and sample bites from Pasadena restaurants along the way; Women’s Bike Night on Wednesday where women and women-identified take a tour of Pasadena with a slow paced, comfortable ride to Pasadena Cyclery and ends with a night bonding at one of Pasadena’s popular restaurants; a Bike-In Movie Night at the Paseo; and the first-ever Pedal with Your Pet Pedal Party to closes out the week’s festivities by dressing up your pet and tour Pasadena on your bike.
Studies show that riding a bike for three hours a week can effectively cut your risk of heart disease by 50 percent.
Additionally, biking to work is much cheaper than fueling up your vehicle and driving every day, with a bicycle maintenance costs hovering around $400 a year versus thousands of dollars to own and maintain a vehicle.
“We think Pasadena is a beautiful place to explore on bike or on foot and we hope that things like Bike Week inspire people to either get out their bike when they haven’t necessarily been using it often, go out with groups of people because it feels safer, and just to see parts of the city on the bike that they maybe have not seen before,” said Blair Miller of Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.
Getting on a bike versus driving a car is also an efficient way to lead a healthier life.
Everyday in California, cyclists prevent over seven tons of smog-producing gases and a ton of inhalable particles from going into the air.
Cycling at least three hours per week cuts your risk of heart disease in half compared to those who do not cycle, according to C.I.C.L.E.
According to Gray, riding in groups tends to make cyclists of all skill level feel safe and allows for the opportunity to explore Pasadena in more depth.
“What holds everybody back from riding their bikes in Pasadena is the poor infrastructure. There’s no safe way to get around places on a bike and we’re going to be in a group, and with a group dynamic, it’s much different and a lot safer,” said Gray.
Here is a list of scheduled events taking place in Pasadena for Bike Week:
Bike Week Pasadena: Women’s Bike Night
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Memorial Park Pasadena, 85 E. Holly Street
It promises to be another fun bicycle ride event with meet ups at a local bike shop and a bicycle themed fashion show. The night ends with bonding at one of Pasadena’s popular restaurants. C.I.C.L.E., SoCal Cross and Pasadena Women Riders celebrate Bike Week Pasadena Women’s Bike Night, including an evening ride under the stars and rad music to serenade along the way. We’ll land at Pasadena Cyclery for workshops and shop expo with finale bikey fashion show by women…
Bike Week Pasadena: Bike Happy Hour Party
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 17th is Bike to Work Day. We’ll be in front of Pasadena City Hall passing out Clif Bars and coffee to celebrate all bicycle commuters. Stop by and say hello during your commute. We have an after work Bike Happy Hour Party. Join other bicycling commuters as we give high fives to all who rode their bikes to work. Drinks and treats are on C.I.C.L.E. as we say thank you for biking.
Bike Week Pasadena: Bike-In Movie Night
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Paseo, 300 E. Colorado Blvd.
Friday, May 18th is our Bike-In Movie Night at the Paseo. We ride our bikes to the Paseo and enjoy a movie under the stars with free popcorn, hot drinks and treats. This year’s movie is The Way Way Back. A comedy where a pink bicycle makes an appearance. Metro Bike Share will have bikes available to attendees and will have staff present to talk about the bike share program. In celebration of bike month, Metro Bike Share is also offering…
Bike Week Pasadena: Pedal with Your Pet Pedal Party
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th, we end the week’s festivities with Pedal with Your Pet Pedal Party. Dress up your pet and tour Pasadena on your bike. We’ll vote on the best outfit. The winner will receive a fun gift basket from one of our sponsors and ride to a Pasadena gastropub for free dogs and beer. You don’t need a pet to join the ride! Generously sponsored by the City of Pasadena.
For more information, go to http://www.cicle.org/