Ride the Rails: History, Architecture, and Hollywood Lore in Downtown L.A.
- Ride the Rails: History, Architecture, and Hollywood Lore in
For Immediate Release: 2 June 2008
Liz Elliott or Shay Sanchez
All Aboard! A fantastic bicycle journey of the most landmark rail
and trolley lines throughout Downtown Los Angeles is traveling your
way on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 9:45am. Bicyclists of all ages
and skill levels are invited to join this leisurely paced ride as we
tour legendary locations in both Hollywood films and history books.
The League Certified cycling instructors of C.I.C.L.E. are
partnering with M.T.A., Angels Flight Railway Foundation, Angeleno
Heights Trolley Line, and California State Parks to bring riders an
intriguing, one-of-a-kind `Urban Expeditions' enjoyable to the
historian, bicyclist and film critic alike.
Known as the `Last of the Great Railway Stations' and the backdrop
to hundreds of films, the architecturally ornate Los Angeles Union
Station will be the first stop on this bicycle trip. Next stop-
Angels Flight. Hailed as the `Shortest Railway in the World',
Angels Flight, built in 1901, has triumphed through redevelopment
and tragedy for over a century. Riders will also celebrate its re-
opening this year with the original cars, Sinai and Olivet, after a
12 year hiatus. Traveling right along, we head to Angelino Heights
for a look at the Victorian Queen Anne architecture and oldest
trolley line in Los Angeles. Second to only Bunker Hill, Angelino
Heights as the oldest district in Los Angeles, Angelino Heights was
connected to downtown L.A. along Temple St. by a small cable car
line and later an electric streetcar. Last stop is the Los Angeles
State Historic Park, home to many things including the Southern
Pacific Railroad's River Station in 1875 which packed a waterwheel,
Pacific Hotel, freight yard, passenger station and much more on the
once river-front property.
This ride is a recreational social event open to all skill levels.
The ride will begin at Union Station located at 800 N. Alameda St.
and wind through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. The pace of
the ride is relaxed, and please take note that this ride does
contain moderate hills. The ride is lead by experienced cyclists.
The ride will end at Union Station. Riders are reminded to bring
water and have their bikes inspected for safety.
`Ride the Rails' is a part of Urban Expeditions program, a monthly
ride series of community-focused bicycle rides aimed at getting
people out of their cars and onto their bikes for a cleaner, greener
city. The Urban Expeditions series is made possible in part by REI.
Where: Meet at the fish tank inside Union Station, 800 N. Alameda
Who: C.I.C.L.E., M.T.A., Angels Flight Foundation, Angeleno Heights
Trolley Line, Inc., California State Parks, and You!
When: Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 9:15am. Ride tour starts promptly
What to Bring: A bicycle in good running order (please have your
bike inspected and tuned at least once a year at your local bike
shop). All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted
by a parent or guardian. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-
long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device.
More Info: Contact www.CICLE.org or call 323.478.0060