Operation Firefly, June 2015

On the evening of June 4th, 2015 we distributed bicycle lights (front & back) to cyclists in Pomona who were riding without lights. These light distributions are part of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Operation Firefly – you can find more information about the project here: http://la-bike.org/OperationFirefly

We’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Claremont who supplied the funds to purchase the lights, Jax Bicycle Center – Claremont who purchased the lights, and the volunteers who waved down cyclists, installed lights and surveyed the riders!

All the cyclists receiving lights were very appreciative and much more visible as they rode away. We, as a bicycle coalition, strive to make the streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, and distributing lights is one of the most immediately effective and rewarding ways to keep folks safe.

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If you’d like to help make the streets safer for cyclists, here are a few things you can do:

Ride a bike!

Studies have proven that more cyclists on the streets create a safer riding environment (more cyclists means fewer accidents) a phenomenon some call the “safety in numbers effect.”


We’re always looking for people to help at events, whether it’s distributing lights, educating cyclists or just helping at a booth.

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By joining LACBC you get discounts at rides, events and participating business partners, and you add your voice to the bicycle movement, helping create safer streets for everyone. Basic membership rates are $35 for the year, which allows you to join a regional chapter (i.e. Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition) at no extra cost! Join here: http://la-bike.org/membership






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June Operation Firefly!

Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, with the help of the Rotary Club of Claremont and Jax Bicycle Center – Claremont, will be holding another Operation Firefly in Pomona soon!

Operation Firefly is an education and bicycle light distribution program intended to make sure people are riding safely at night in Los Angeles County. During the 2014-2015 season, the program served over 2,000 people at 36 distributions in 13 different cities across the county, installing front and back bike lights on their bikes, educating them about riding safely, and surveying them on riding habits.

We’ll be distributing lights in Pomona (exact location restricted to organizers and volunteers) on the evening of Thursday, June 4th from around 7:45 – 8:45pm. We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to help distribute lights and survey riders.

To sign up to volunteer:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/QYdGon
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Here’s the recent Operation Firefly Fact Sheet from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition: http://la-bike.org/OperationFireflyFactSheet

And here’s a blog post about an Operation Firefly we did back in 2013: https://pvbike.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/operation-firefly-pomona-addition/

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Champion Bike Fest: volunteers needed


Friday, May 22, 2015
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cardenas Market
2001 S. Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766

Join us at Cardenas Market in Pomona for fun and educational activities for the entire family!
Free to the public
On-site bicycle education and bicycle safety demonstrations by Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition
Sample delicious and healthy recipes
Learn how CalFresh can help with healthy purchases
Free health screenings
Receive a free cookbook
Get moving with a community bike ride led by Mobbin’ Monday

We still need a handful of volunteers to help with set up, bike valet, break down and general help.

Please sign up to volunteer at the Champion Bike Fest!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/tUAKge
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.

Even if you can’t help out in person, please feel free to share the flyer and tell your friends!



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Bike to Work Day 2015

This morning PVBC set up a Bike To Work Day pit stop in Claremont in front of the train depot. Jonathan from Jax Bicycle Center, Claremont offered free bike checks and helped with the pit stop. A big thanks to Metro for their support and supplies, they’ve created some great events for #BikeWeekLA!

Tonight is our Handlebar Happy Hour at the Press in Claremont, it might be a little wet out this evening – it’s ok if you don’t show up on a bike, just show up!

Here are some photo’s from today’s pit stop:

If you’d like to keep up to date with what we’re up to like us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our PVBC newsletter, you can also sign up for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s newsletter to keep up to date on bike news and events around the county.


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Bicycle Workshop at Vic’s Bike Shop!

Earlier today the University Cycling Coalition CPP and Pomona Valley Bike Coalition hosted a bicycle education workshop at Vic’s Bikes.
Instructors from PVBC taught individuals how to properly adjust the fitting of their helmets, ABC Quick check, and how to ride in traffic.
At the end of the workshop cyclists rode around Cal Poly Pomona, led by Gwen Urey, an avid cyclist and Professor of Urban Planning at CPP.

Check out Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week on Facebook for their upcoming events!

It was a great morning and fun event, here are some pictures:



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Bike Month is here!

Welcome to

Bike Month!

Here’s a list of fun bike events coming up in and around our area. Check the event title links for more information.


Saturday, May 2nd – 7pm

Bikes & Beer Ride

We’re celebrating May’s Bike Month with another Bikes & Beer Ride!
Starting at Downtown Pomona and biking to Sanctum Brewing Co.. We will be hanging out there for a bit and traveling back to The Rookery.
The route will be less than 3 miles one way. So anyone can do this!
Invite a friend and we’ll see you soon!


Sunday, May 3

RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba Hollywood

On Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Amoeba Hollywood is hosting RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba in our Ivar parking lot, just down a half-block from the store.


Saturday, May 9

Educational Bicycle Workshop

University Cycling Coalition CPP and Pomona Valley Bike Coalition would like to invite you to an educational bicycle workshop hosted at Vic’s Bike Shop!
Instructors will teach basic bike safety skills to ensure that we are all riding more often and doing it safely. Learn how to properly adjust the fitting to your helmet, ABC Quick Check, and how to ride in traffic and safety precautions. Vic, the owner of the shop, will also be doing complimentary bike checks.


Monday, May 11

Is Bicycling In Your Future?

Frances Anderton (Moderator): KCRW Design and Architecture Host and daily bicycle commuter
Maria Sipin: Steering Committee Member of Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Tamika Butler: Executive Director of LA Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Sargen Mike Flynn: LAPD Central Traffic Division Bicycle Liaison

Caltrans District 7 Office 100 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012


Tuesday, May 12

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Blessing of the Bicycles

Non-denominational event featuring religious leaders from different faiths, imparting blessings for cyclists. 8:00am – 9:30am @ 1225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California


Wednesday, May 13

Bike in Movie for Bike Week LA!

Curated by the amazing Ghost Bike Foundation is a whole evening of bicycle short films. Bike Shorts is about Bike Love in your community, city, yourself.
Join us in Marsh Park on the LA River, Wednesday May 13 at 8pm for an outdoor movie screening.


Thursday, May 14 – Bike to Work Day!

Bike to Work Day Pit Stop

Drop by Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Bike to Work Day pit stop in Claremont for some healthy snacks, educational materials, free bicycle safety checks by JAX Bicycle Center, and other goodies! If you’re interested in helping set-up, hanging out, and distributing goodies let us know, the more the merrier! email us at pvalleybikes@gmail.com

Handlebar Happy Hour

After work join Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition for Handlebar Happy Hour! Come meet up with other cyclists and enjoy some food and drink at the Press Restaurant – the Press has happy hour Thursdays from 3:00pm to close.


Friday, May 15

Bike Night at Union Station

Join the bike community for a night of FUN. This is Bike Week LA’s second annual Bike Night held at Union Station. FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS, TAP CARDS, T SHIRTS, BIKE LIGHTS, REFLECTORS, PATCH KITS, REPAIR, and MORE! The Lions will be setting the musical vibes! Come celebrate the accomplishments of cyclists and unwind into your weekend.
PLUS after Bike Night you can head over to Angel City Brewery for the bicycle after party they are throwing for us!


Saturday, May 16

2015 Cucamonga Challenge

5K, 10K or 35-mile Bike ride

The Cucamonga Challenge is an annual event open to all ages and skill levels sponsored by the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail to promote healthy & active lifestyles using the Pacific Electric Trail. Your registration is tax deductible and all proceeds go towards trail enhancements. Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition will be sharing a booth at the event with Viva la Bicycle, drop by and say hi!


Friday, May 22

Champion Bike Fest

Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with the Department of Public Health and Cardena’s Market to provide a fun and free bicycle event, including on site bicycle education and safety demonstrations, free health screenings, delicious and healthy recipes, a community bike ride and more! 3pm – 6pm at Cardena’s 2001 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. We’d love to have a few more volunteers for the event, if you’re interested email us at pvalleybikes@gmail.com Check our Facebook page for more information soon.

Sunday, May 31

CicLAvia Pasadena

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.


Also check out Cal Poly Pomona Bike Week & Bike Week Pasadena


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Thanks and have a fantastic Bike Month!






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Claremont Earth Day 2015

We had a great day at Claremont Earth Day 2015!

Thanks everyone who dropped by to talk bikes, learn about cycling and bicycle advocacy in our area.

If you want to keep up to date with rides, events and volunteer opportunities check out our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PomonaValleyBikes

If you’re on Twitter you can follow us @pvbike

The Ride Around Pomona (RAP) is a Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition (PVBC) ride and project where bicyclsits of all abilities are encouraged to ride the streets of Pomona with us. The ride is the first Saturday of the month at 8:30AM at Thomas Plaza: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ride-Around-Pomona/


If you’d like to become a member of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition join LACBC  and “designate a LACBC Local Chapter to join or donate” and choose Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition here: http://la-bike.org/membership

Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition volunteers

Have questions or want to get involved? Email us at pvalleybikes@gmail.com

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