On Saturday, July 20th, LARCEE’s Slow Ride is extra family friendly! Come celebrate Latino Conservation Week with us and get some restorative time with urban nature at this free event. Kids are not just welcome they are encouraged! To prove it, this month’s ride will gather at the Griffith Park Rec Center Playground at 5:00pm.
The ride departs promptly at 5:30, and will feature a brief, safe but thrilling jaunt over the 5 Freeway pedestrian bridge!
From the bridge, we will pause briefly at Sunnynook River Park before riding on to Lewis Macadams Riverfront Park for Bats of the LA River campfire with Friends of the LA River and Community Nature Connection.
Please bring water, a blanket, something to eat and a bike lock so that we can park our bikes and meander for the bat-walk portion of the evening. And please remember to bring a BIKE LIGHT as the sun will go down before we wrap up!
Please RSVP here, especially if you plan to ride so we don’t leave without you!
Lastly, here is a link to our route!
Our route: Griffith Park Rec Center Playground area to Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park - 1.5 miles
Air pollution isn’t confined by zip codes or neighborhoods. No matter where you live in Los Angeles, it’s urgent that we support Clean Energy options and show our opposition to Glendale’s environmentally backwards plan to build a new gas power plant. LARCEE will lead a bike ride, departing from Spoke Bicycle Cafe at 5:00pm, arriving at Glendale City Hall at 5:30pm. If you plan to flex your sustainability muscle and take your zero-emissions vehicle (aka bike) to the event, please RSVP so we know to look for you! Wear a green shirt - or better yet - bring $20 bucks to buy a shirt and kick a few dollars to the Glendale Environmental Coalition.
Summer Slow Ride and Supper Picnic!
Bring a blanket, some dinner-to-go & empty glass bottles for this sustainable, climate-friendly adventure!
Saturday, June 22nd, join L.A. River Communities for Environmental Equity (LARCEE) and Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) for a leisurely ride along the LA River Greenway, followed by a Supper Picnic at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park. The ride/walk will gather at Lewis MacAdams at 5pm, and return by 6pm for some live music by Old Time Machine, and a conversation with FOLAR about what kinds of trash we find when doing the Great LA River Clean Up. We see fewer plastic bags since the successful implementation of the Plastic Bag Ban, but what other kinds of plastic waste dominates our waterways? The Refillery L.A will be on hand to help you stop plastic pollution at the source by purchasing eco-friendly soaps & such single-use-plastic-free! Bring your empty glass bottles and stock up on body products & then some.
This promises to be a fun, relaxing and informative & FREE night, so pack your basket, a blanket and come along!
The Slow Ride is mixing it up with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Metro BEST to bring you a family-friendly mini-tour of Elysian Valley and sneak preview of the 19th Annual LACBC Los Angeles River Ride.
Presented by Metro Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program, we really recommend wheels for this river adventure, as we will be exploring the unique corners and parks of the Elysian Valley Community.
This ride is a slow-paced, beginner-friendly ride along the LA River Path, beginning and ending at the Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Station. There will be several rest stops and regroup points along the route. LARCEE and the Elysian Valley Slow Riders will share knowledge about the plants and wildlife in the Elysian Valley Community at Gateway Park.
Date: Sunday, May 5th
● 9:30 AM - Meet @ Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Station parking lot
● 10:00 AM - Ride departs
● 10:45 AM - Stop 1: Lewis McAdams Riverfront Park
● 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Stop 2: LARCEE Gathering at Elysian Valley Gateway Park
● 12:00 PM - Stop 3: Elysian Valley Community Garden
● 12:10 PM - Stop 4: Jardin Del Rio Garden
● 12:30 PM - Ride ends at Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Station
START/END: Metro Gold Line - Lincoln/Cypress Station (370 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031)
We strongly recommend taking Metro to the ride start. If you plan to drive a car to the ride, we suggest parking near another Gold Line station and taking Metro to the starting location. Neighborhood parking is available but limited.
ROUTE: Mostly flat, approximately 7 miles. Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29284950
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner / Family-Friendly
WHAT TO BRING | PLEASE NOTE:
A functional bicycle or wheeled device.
A TAP card (if you plan to use Metro)
A helmet is required for anyone under 18.
Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Bikes with training wheels are not permitted, but children are welcome to attend if pulled in a trailer or on-bike child seat.
In the event of a rain forecast, we will contact you 24 hours in advance to confirm or cancel the ride
Slow Ride WALK & Art Cart
In April, join us for a community walk in partnership with Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch. We will walk from Rattlesnake Park (Fletcher & the LA River Greenway) to Egret Park (the south end of the path in EV), making a safe space for pedestrians on the LA River Greenway shared path. Midway, we will get creative with social practice artist Michael Lewis Miller.
At Egret Park, we will enjoy some refreshments courtesy of River Run - your reward for making it to the end!
About Michael Lewis Miller
Michael Lewis Miller earned an MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Known for interactive sculptures, installations, and performances that use wood, textiles, and found objects to explore themes of love, death and labor, I also love California Native flora and fauna. His Native garden in Atwater Village was included in the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants Garden Tour for several years. Miller also organizes exhibitions that focus on social practice and interaction.
Add River Run to your regular fitness routine! River Run is a tranquil and relaxing run along the Elysian Valley Stretch of the LA River, starting at Egret Park. Although quiet and secluded, River Run is just a fifteen-twenty minute run to restaurants, coffee shops, craft beer brewery, unique shops and art galleries. It is a mostly flat run with some hilly stretches. Come meet others in your community to run with. A variety of long and short distance run events are created monthly. All levels welcomed.
Do you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory ailments? Are you tired of excessive noise from the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility? Do you ever see smoke billowing from Metrolink engines or observe them left idling on the tracks for long periods of time? Join LARCEE’s efforts to #MakeMetrolinkAccountable and share your experience during public comment.
This Sunday, families, neighbors, and advocates of the Elysian Valley area will host a public vigil to honor the life of Christian Vega, a 17 year-old senior at Sotomayor High School who died after being struck by a driver on Riverside Drive last month.
All are welcome. Please join us in calling for safe streets and an end to the preventable deaths of people walking in Los Angeles. Simple changes can save lives, if only decision-makers and constituents agreed that this is their priority.
Meet on basketball court adjacent to Dickerson Employee Benefits.
On February 27, 17-year old Christina Vega was struck and killed by a woman driving a 2012 Toyota Camry while in a crosswalk at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Newell Street.
In Los Angeles, 587 people lost their lives to traffic violence in the past three years; 64 of them in just the first six months of 2018. Traffic deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, and traumatic events. Their impacts are long-lasting and permanent. What's more, traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable.
Egret, Los Angeles River, photographed by Grove Pashley
Slow your roll & get your dirt on!
February Slow Ride & Farm LA Garden Tour
In January 2018, the Slow Ride gathered in Gateway Park to celebrate the newly announced Farm LA Garden in Elysian Valley, the plot gifted by longtime resident Bob Berg. This February, we will ride from Riverfront Park, loop south, then ride north to the Farm LA Garden plot (Rosanna Street & Ripple Place) for a talk and tour with founders Emily Gleicher & Jason Wood. Come see how much they and their dedicated team of volunteers have accomplished in just one year.
Dress for dirt as you may be inspired to volunteer yourself! We will carry some homemade treats, fresh fruit and a thermos of coffee, so bring your own reusable cup, an appetite and ride or walk with us for this enriching outing.
The Slow Ride aims to bring people together – young, old, walkers, riders, residents and visitors – for the health of our neighborhoods. By simply traveling at a safe, sane pace we show by our actions that the LA River Greenway shared path is meant for all users, not merely the cyclists who too often tear through at top speeds. We are a family-friendly gathering, and all are welcome! Please RSVP here so we know how much coffee to make!
Ride Slowly,Vote Locally
Rain or Shine Slow Ride for AD 51
LARCEE & the Elysian Valley Slow Ride are run by networks of individuals volunteering to make positive change for our communities. (We are NOT a non-profit charity restricted from partisan political advocacy.)
By simply taking to the LA River Greenway shared path as a group, we make the space safer for all users young and old, not merely elite cyclists. As part of our ongoing commitment to bring people together for the good of our neighborhoods, we dedicate the first Slow Ride of 2019 to the upcoming Assembly District 51 United Progressive candidates, two of whom are founding members of LARCEE.
On January 12, we will gather at Spoke Bicycle Café, ride south along the path to Egret Park, then loop back up to Spoke where we will meet up with neighbors and community members to learn about the imminent AD 51 Delegate caucus election.
Every two years, California Democrats elect 14 people from each of the 80 districts in the state to be our communities’ voice in the state party. The winners become delegates to the State Central Committee. We gain a voice in endorsements and resolutions. We help set the course of the party.
In the months ahead, building on the blue tide of Democratic participation in 2018, we face the regular elections for legislature and Congress and a special ballot at the party convention for a new chair of the state party. We need to have the voices of diverse, progressive, local leaders from our 51st Assembly District at the table. This only happens if we come out to vote.
Meet candidates from your community, learn what a delegate does, why we need progressive values and leadership in the Democratic party, and how to vote in this upcoming local election.
Click HERE to LIKE our Team on Facebook and commit to coming to vote for us.
To check the address of any local Democrats who are friends or family to see if they are in the 51st Assembly District, click on this EASY LOOKUP to see if they are in the district and can come with you to vote for us. (Not a Facebook user? Then use THIS link instead.)
Slow Riders bearing gifts for local kids in need. Spread the joy with us!
Calling all walkers, riders, neighbors & interested folks! Join Los Angeles River Communities for Environmental Equity (LARCEE.org) at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, Sunday, December 2, from 12-2pm to talk about the LA River Greenway shared path and next year’s Elysian Valley Slow Ride.
The Slow Ride was founded December, 2016, when an elderly Elysian Valley resident was struck and critically injured by a speeding cyclist. The Slow Ride is a monthly gathering that brings together cyclists, pedestrians, and community members to help keep the LA River Greenway shared path safe for everyone.
On Sunday, December 2, we will be planning the 2019 rides and we want your input! Is your organization interested in collaborating with us? Do you have a great idea for a ride? Can you think of some creative ways to bring awareness to the Metrolink diesel pollution issues in our community? Come share your vision!
A light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to LARiverCEE@gmail.com so we can be sure to have enough for everyone.
Slow your roll…
and feed the hungry.
Starting & finishing at the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, we ride along the LA River Greenway shared path Saturday, November 10th and the second Saturday of each month to promote safety for everyone - young and old, walkers and riders. The November Slow Ride is also sponsoring a Virtual Food Drive through the Los Angeles Food Bank. We will happily collect non-perishable, shelf-stable food items in our panniers, but donating online will enable them to provide the food most needed to hungry children, families & homeless in our city. Click here to join our team or make a financial gift to put food on a few tables this season.
Slow your roll…
& Support Los Angeles Teachers!
Join us Saturday, October 13th and the second Saturday of each month for the Elysian Valley Slow Ride. The LA River shared path is made for everyone, but sometimes speeding cyclists make it difficult for other riders and walkers to enjoy. The Slow Ride sets a steady, pedestrian-friendly pace, while claiming space on the path for cyclists of all skill levels. This is a kid-friendly event, and training wheels are welcome! This month we will be riding in support of Los Angeles teachers efforts to make LAUSD provide the kinds of schools our kids deserve. We will have information as well as buttons, bumper stickers and signs available to you too can show your support for keeping public education truly public.
For anyone coming from far away, Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park has ample free parking!
Find us on Newell Street for the Frog Town Art Walk, Saturday, September 22nd 4pm. Take the Clean Air Day pledge! Sign up to receive a free air sensor through the Coalition for Clean Air, and discover AEG Technology, whose diesel hood tech - if implemented at the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility - could greatly improve air quality in Northeast Los Angeles.
Slow your roll...
and say goodbye to summer, this Saturday, September 8 as we close our 2nd Saturdays Summer Series with Friends of the LA River. On foot or by bike, the Elysian Valley Slow Ride is made for riders, walkers and runners of all ages and skill levels. This is a leisurely 6.5 mile ride along the LA River Shared Path in Elysian Valley, culminating in a potluck brunch back at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (formerly Marsh Park). Join us on September 8th and the second Saturday of every month. This path is our path!
Slow your roll...
Only two summer rides left as part of the Friends of the LA River Summer Series! Catch us Saturday, August 11th, 10:00am at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park. Ride, walk or run with us as we enjoy a leisurely trip along the Los Angeles River shared path in Elysian Valley. This is a family-friendly event, appropriate for all ages and skill levels.
Slow your roll...
On foot or by bike, running or skating - the Elysian Valley Slow Ride is for you! We bring walkers, riders and nieghbors together to help make the LA River Shared Path safe for all users. For the summer months, we are proud to partner with Friends of the LA River for their Second Saturday's Series. We do a 6.5 mile loop of Elysian Valley (aka Frog Town) heading south from Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park to Egret Park, then north to Fletcher before returning to MacAdams Riverfront Park.Shorter, northern loops available for kids and pedestrians. Bring some food to share if you are so inclined, as we will gather at the park with FOLAR after the ride.
We have a right to clean air. We have a right to clean water. We call for a full 5-year review of the LA Health Atlas, which highlights the gross pollution issues of Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Elysian Valley - communities that share a diesel-polluting neighbor - the Metrolink CMF.
This is a family-friendly event, and kids are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Come to the river!
Slow your roll with us this summer, as we join forces with Friends of the LA River for their Second Saturdays series. For June, July, August and September, we will start and end the ride at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (formerly Marsh Park). There will be lots to do in addition to the Slow Ride, including yoga with REI and family friendly activities in FOLAR's River Rover. Find out more about why we ride here!