Bike!Bike! 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

September 27 – 30, 2018
Bike!Bike! 2018 poster

Bike!Bike! 2018

(Scroll down for updated schedule.)

Bike!Bike! is an international, annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. The conference is a space for participants from shops and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year over a 4 day period to have workshops and strengthen our social network.

This year, we will have special access to Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) in Chinatown, at the edge of Downtown. Our conference will start there with check-ins and be the site in which many workshops and recreational activities will take place.

Whether you will register or not, please consider helping us out if you will be in town. A separate volunteer sign up sheet is available here.

Registration

Pay what you can! Suggested amount is $50-$100 (USD) per person. This includes 2 meals per day, housing, and a loaner bike. No one will be denied for lack of funds. We accept PayPal (link available after registration), cash, personal checks (to "The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bici-Cocina"), and credit cards during check-in.

Housing Accommodations

Camping at Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP), where many of our activities will be held, will be available. Tents with 2-6 persons capacity will be provided.* Bring your own sleeping mats and bags along with other camping gears if you can.

*We previously stated that 30 large tents will be provided by the park, but the park is providing 12 tents with capacities ranging from two to six people. More tents will be provided by others. If there are not enough tent spaces for campers, we will contact you with other housing options.


Other housing options will be provided. More details TBD.

Can you host a out-of-towner during Bike!Bike!? Solidarity housing makes our conference more accessible to all. You do not need to attend the conference to host a guest. All guests are expected to be respectful. Thank you! For questions or special requests, please email bikebikeLA@gmail.com or fill out this form.

UPDATE 2018-08-20

Park Ranger showing us our campground. Details on portable toilets and showers will come soon.

Because there will be tents with varying capacities (2 to 6 persons), fortunately or unfortunately, you may end up sharing them with strangers.

The park will be closed off to the public at 11 p.m. except for us. Park rangers will patrol the area at night while Bike!Bike! volunteers will keep watch during daytime.

Workshops and Discussions

A new B!B! guide to organizing workshops can be found here.

For questions or special requests, please email bikebikeLA@gmail.com

Schedule

(UPDATE 2018-09-22 - Scroll way down for more detailed schedule.)

A more detailed schedule of workshops and evening events will be posted one week before the conference.

  • September 14 - Registration deadline for housing, Deadline for workshop proposals and descriptions
  • Thursday , September 27: pre-registration, loaner bike distribution & more @ Los Angeles State Historic Park
  • Friday, September 28: Workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with breakfast and lunch followed by evening social rides and a movie @ Los Angeles State Historic Park
  • Saturday, September 29: - Workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with breakfast and lunch followed by Mindful Block Party/Bimini Street Party (bring blank shirts for self silk-screening)
  • Sunday, September 30 - 9 a.m: B!B!2019 decision with breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon then CicLAvia & bike return.

Please note schedule is subject to change.

Group Ride

Friday, September 28

9:00 p.m. - Many different rides will start and split off from Los Angeles State Historic Park and then merge back to LASHP for a midnight movie at the park. Details of different rides TBA.

Saturday, September 29

TBA

Sunday, September 30

LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia - Join CicLAvia by riding from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl followed by L.A. Philharmonic's free 100th anniversary concert at the Bowl, featuring Gustavo Dudamel and very special guests. 

BYO Food, but there are markets and taco stands everywhere.

Weather and Crime in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the largest city in California by population, and the second largest city in the country by population.

Most tourist destinations tend to be fairly safe, but walking at night in some areas of the city should be conducted with caution and, depending on the area, in groups.

Bicycle theft is common in L.A., so if you plan to bring your own bicycle, please bring a U-lock or plan to purchase one. 

Weather is expected to be warm to hot and almost completely dry. Please check weather websites for forecast.

More tourist information: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/beginners-guide-los-angeles

Getting To Los Angeles

From LAX, take LAX FlyAway from the LAX airline terminals (under the green signs outside) to:

  • Union Station ($9.75) to get to Los Angeles State Historic Park
  • Hollywood ($8.00) to get to the Bicycle Kitchen/La Bici-Cocina

Pay for the flyaway upon arriving at the end of the bus trip or beforehand on their website.

City bus and rail options can be found through Google Maps or the Metro.

If you like to ride your bike long distances and want to get to the historic park from the airport on your bike because you brought it with you, it is possible. It is 15 miles, which is about an hour and a half ride in the city.

Lyft/Uber or taxicabs are readily available throughout the city.

Parking is not fun in L.A.

More info here.

What to Bring

  • Helmet is required for anyone under 18
  • Strong bike locks and lights
  • Mess kit (We're not going to provide bowls or plates.)
  • Towels
  • Sleeping mats & bags if camping (33 will already be available for those camping at the park.)
  • Light colored blank shirts or scrap cloth for silkscreen party (However, these can be purchased for less than $5.)
  • Cash may be necessary as some restaurants do not accept credit cards. (On the other hand, new restaurants are starting to accept credit cards only.)
  • Sun hat & sun screen

UPDATE 2018-08-20

Some of the camping gears provided by the park.

Don't bring propane and propane accessories.

Volunteering

Get Involved - Volunteer!

Bike!Bike! is put on by an all-volunteer committee, and the more hands, the better! If you are interested...

Whether you will register for Bike!Bike! or not, please consider helping us out if you will be in town. A separate volunteer sign up sheet is available here.

Additional Info.

Most venues are accessible to those with mobility impairment. If you have other accessibility needs, please contact us at bikebikeLA@gmail.com

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