Some Bici Digna Updates!

La Bici Digna started 2011 with a bang, and we’d like to take this opportunity to update you on some of the new developments going on at the space!

Now open Monday thru Saturday!

Bicidignarios have been opening up the space at 8am nearly everyday, while they wait for work at the Downtown Community Job Center.  While the hours of operation depend on the availability and number of volunteers available on any given day, Bici Digna has expanded its previous limited hours of Wednesdays from 9am-12pm.  The space continues being supported on Wednesdays, from 9am to 2pm, and Saturdays from 9am to noon, by additional Bici Digna volunteers from the surrounding communities.  Bici  Digna has been opening its doors to the community from Monday thru Saturday, 9am-2pm.

Woody Sandberg tries out his homemade pedal-assist trailer with the help of fellow Bici Digna volunteer, Brenda Yancor.

Playing with Metal

Several volunteers have begun making plans to begin welding donated bikes together to make cargobikes, xtracycles, and bicycle trailers that can be used by the workers at the center and in the surrounding neighborhoods. They are on the lookout for any donated materials, tools, or experience that folks have to offer.

Partnering Up

La Bici Digna was invited to join the County Cycling Collaborative (CCC), a collection of the 6 bicycle co-ops in the Los Angeles area. The CCC was organized to facilitate bike safety and mechanics workshops in partnership with local community organizations and to direct funding to the co-ops that teach those workshops through the LA County Department of Public Health’s RENEW grant. Membership in the CCC also gives La Bici Digna access to bicycle and bike part donations by the Bike Wrangler, a new position created by the grant to coordinate donations of used bikes to the co-ops. The Bike Wrangler, also known as Jonathan Green, has set up shop on the corner of 6th St and Lucas Ave in Westlake, just blocks away from CARECEN, a long-time City of Lights ally and inspiration for La Bici Digna.

Bici Digna volunteer Gil working on a bike at Bici Libre. Photo taken by Woody Sandberg.

La Bici Libre

Bicidignarios can also be found actively helping out at the up-and-coming Bike Wrangler space, which is now called La Bici Libre. The Bici Libre is being developed by the Bike Wrangler, the bicidignarios, and neighborhood volunteers to become a community bike space, in addition to serving as a donation hub for the co-ops. The space is not fully open to the public yet, so stay tuned for hours of operation.

Building Community

Some fearless bicidignarios offered their skills as mechanic support on the 50-mile LA to OC DREAM Act Bike Ride, a community ride from Boyle Heights to Santa Ana in solidarity with undocumented students and to raise awareness about the DREAM Act.

Yes, some of us DID climb trees. Some of us tried to make sure others didn't fall out of trees.

Riding the streets of L.A.

La Bici Digna volunteers and workshop participants have been going out riding! On a chilly February afternoon of 78 degrees we all massed up and rode to Elysian Park, where we ate oranges and climbed trees (well, some of us climbed trees)!  The next ride is set for Friday April 1st!  Destination and time TBA. All are welcome. Check back for more info – don’t miss it!

If you’d like any more information/updates/questions/comments, let us know!  Contact us at bicidigna@la-bike.org, come back and check on us here on the web, or better yet, come on down: 1815 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015!

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