I carpool to UCLA once a week, and without fail, I spot a cyclist on the way there or on the way back. My friend always shakes her head when I point them out, laughing at the absurdity of their riding and of my enthusiasm for the bike. She’s got a whole list of reasons why she would never bike, but at the risk of putting words in her mouth, I’d hazard a guess that one of the reasons she doesn’t ride is because nobody was ever there to walk her through the process.
That’s probably not the case, but I can’t bring myself to admit that she probably just doesn’t like biking.
In any event, C.I.C.L.E. is hosting a workshop this weekend designed to get people out and riding on the streets (thanks to BikinginLA and Streetsblog for the link). It’s also worth mentioning Bike Town Beta’s project Saturday night. More than that, the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition is also planning a streets skills class (also via BikinginLA by way of Green LA Girl). In all honesty, I probably won’t make it to any – though I could probably use the lessons – but it’s worth noting that there are an ever-growing number of individuals and organizations working to get people out on bikes.
So take that, skeptical carpool buddy.