Bike Talk


The Last Crankmas, 9/20/2014


After 7 years of Crank Mobs, Richie Trimble invites us to the last of these social/party rides.

Riding With Kids in LA & Friendship Circle Ride


"How to Ride Bikes With Kids in LA" with Josef Bray-Ali, owner of the Flying Pigeon, and a 1,500 Mile Ride for Friendship Circles with Mushka Perlmanimage

Aug 9

Los Angeles Bike Mayor Eric Garcetti


This 2010 Garcetti interview shows his history as a bike advocate. 

Levi’s Commuter Performance Space August 5-29

so this happened:


By Levi’s® Commuter Workspace 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 20146:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Bike Talk invites you to join hosts Nick Richert, Melissa Balmer and Maria Sipin for a series of insightful interviews with progressive thought leaders, advocates and journalists in LA’s bicycling and sustainable urbanism movement on how we can all participate in successfully growing LA’s blooming bike culture.

Nick Richert is an L.A. Unified School District teacher, journalist and founder/host of Bike Talk who covers bike advocacy and culture on and The purpose of Bike Talk is to bring independent media and the bike to everyone.

Melissa Balmer is the Director of Women on Bikes California + An initiative of, we focus on elevating the voice of women, youth and multi-cultural communities via storytelling in multiple platforms. In 2014 we’re creating the first comprehensive media guide and media strategy for mainstreaming bicycling in California. Our mission, team and events have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Magazine, Momentum Magazine, and more. Learn more about

Maria Sipin loves biking, walking, and exploring Los Angeles by bus and train. She is a multimodal commuter, an advocate for active transportation and a health care professional with a streetwear past. She designs and tweets, co-hosts the podcast show “Women Talk Bikes” and proudly represents Women on Bikes California and Multicultural Communities for Mobility. Maria is a certified League Cycling Instructor and teaches bike safety to people of all ages. Click to listen to her Women Talk Bikes podcasts.

Bike Talk welcomes the following guests:

Nate Berg is a Los Angeles-based journalist who covers cities, architecture, design and technology. He was a staff writer at the website formerly known as The Atlantic Cities (nowCityLab), and his work has been published in The New York TimesWired and The Guardian. Learn more at

Josef Bray-Ali is the founder of the northeast LA-based Bike Oven bike repair collective and the Figueroa For All livable streets group, is also the co-owner of Flying Pigeon LA bike shop. His policy work, community bike rides, and social media presence have helped keeping cycling issues at the forefront of city politics.

John Jones III has dedicated his life to family, health and healthy living, service in the community, and social justice. Over the past seven years, Mr. Jones has served as the President and CEO of the East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC). From large Bike Ride events such as CicLAvia to ESRBC Family and Friends rides, Jones has embodied the concept of change through service. Jones sees everyone in the community as his family, and is devoted to reaching out and demonstrating that together we are making things bettering the community one pedal at a time.

Jennifer Klausner is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Prior to joining LACBC, her career focused on consumer products marketing and branding with Hello Kitty and Barbie, at Nakajima and Mattel, respectively. A native Angeleno, she holds degrees from both UCLA and USC, and commutes by bike frequently. She has a diverse bike advocacy experience, is an avid and still occasionally competitive mountain biker,  USAC certified Coach and a League of American Bicyclists LCI. Learn more at

Alexis Lantz is the President of the Board of the California Bicycle Coalition and a policy analyst with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s PLACE (Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments) Program. She previously served as planning and policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Learn more at

Carlos Morales established the Eastside Bike Club (ESBC) in June 2008, in El Sereno. ESBC has grown to 400 members from all over Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Morales was recruited by the LAPD to form the 1st ever “LAPD Bike Task Force,” one of 9 civilians selected to serve as a liaison between Los Angeles Cyclist and LAPD.  Morales purchased Stans Bike Shop, located in Monrovia, CA in 2012.

Cynthia Rose is co-founder & Director of Santa Monica Spoke, a local chapter of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the California Bicycle Coalition.  Cynthia is a League Cycling Instructor. She is a strong and committed advocate for improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and Complete Streets Policies at the local, state and national levels. 

Alissa Walker writes and speaks about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications and events. She is the urbanism editor at Gizmodo and her work has appeared regularly in Los Angeles Magazine, the LA WeeklyDwellFast CompanyGOODThe New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. Read more at her blog, A Walker in LA, and follow her at @awalkerinLA on Instagram and Twitter.

Don Ward is a cycling and pedestrian safestreets advocate in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of Midnight Ridazz a do-ocracy consisting of over 10,000 members in Southern California, that has hosted 10,000 cycling events to date. Don is also the founder and race director for Wolfpack Hustle The Unified Title Series, a world class Los Angeles based race series that begins with the largest unsanctioned bicycle race in the world and ends with one man and one woman urban cycling champion.

The Most Positive Bike Crash Victim in the World


Eric Deardorff, vegan activist, recounts his bone breaking encounters with cars with a positive spin. With his friend, Hayden Fowler. 

Ghost Bike Crew Talks to Families



Danny Gamboa, Ghost Bike documentarian and Ghost Bikes-LA volunteer, with volunteers Jesse Ramon, Anthony Navarro, and Elizabeth O’Neil, speak about Ghost Bike memorials, and take calls by family members of victims of hit-and-runs who’ve had Ghost Bikes put up for them.

With a National Resources Defense Council update by Dylan Gasperik and NRDC lawyers at 1:42:30

Nona Varnado, Bike Trains, Wolfpack Race & She Wolf Attack Team

Listen: imageColin Bogart, LA County Bicycle Coalition Education Director, Hosts Nona Varnado, bicycle advocate, Bike Trains founder, She Wolf Attack Team racer on Bike Trains and the Wolfpack Hustle Race Around City Hall Saturday, July 12; phone call with Susannah Lowber, leader of She Wolf Attack Team

Jul 7

Pedal Love & Women Talk Bikes



California by Bike - host Charlie Gandy, Vice Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition, interviews CalBike’s Executive Director, Dave Snyder

Mindfulness + the Bike, hosted by wellness specialist Kimberly Alexander

We Can All Ride Bikes - League Certified Bicycle Instructor and Pedal Love blogger/host Kellie Morris interviews Wendy Engleberg, the Director of women’s mountain bike club Girlz Gone Riding

Stylish by Bike - host Melissa Balmer, Director of Women on Bikes California and, interviews Steve Isaacs of Sweet Ride U.S.A.

#WomenTalkBikes hosts Daniella Alcedo and Maria Sipin interview Siobhan Dolan, competitive racer and amateur mechanic who talks about a new platform for women’s racing at La Course, the first elite women’s race at Le Tour de France.

Santa Monica Bike Center, Going Somewhere, and Don Ward on Hyperion Bridge



Andrea Zeppilli Aponte, Zach Canning, and Gavriel Dorian talk about the Santa Monica Bike Center; 7:54—Brian Benson talks about his new book, Going Somewhere-A Bicycle Journey Across America; 35:06—Don Ward talks about the Hyperion Bridge.

Bike Co-ops Episode


A Los Angeles bike collective “Round Table” with:
Sharon Porat, Jennifer Varenchik-Valley Bikery, Van Nuys;
Danni Sarmina-Bike oven, Highland Park;
Siobhan Dolan-Bike Kitchen, Silverlake;
Lucas Allmon-Bikerowave, Mar Vista;
Ariel Climer-Bici Libre, Downtown