Angie Giang had always wanted to ride in one of the local CicLAvia events, but hadn’t managed to get around to it. But when a friend from her kid’s school called to say they had signed up recently, she registered her family immediately.
This Sunday, Giang, her husband, two kids — a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son — and her father will take part in CicLAvia’s Heart of the Foothills event through the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont to celebrate Earth Day.
“I’ve always wanted to do it,” said Giang, of Covina, who plans to wake up early that morning so her family can experience the entire 6.5-mile event. “The event is safe, closed to all traffic and it’s a time to spend with the kids in a healthy environment.”
Giang, a Southern California Edison employee of 18 years and currently a regulatory compliance senior advisor, will also be looking out for the dozens of Edison volunteers who will be hosting information and activity booths in each of the four cities.
SCE is proud to support CicLAvia and its efforts to bring the entire region together as one community. SCE and CicLAvia share a commitment to strengthening our communities and creating a cleaner, healthier environment for Southern Californians.
SCE President Ron Nichols
In addition to showcasing electric vehicles and information about charging stations, SCE will also have a bike where you can charge your cellphone and get free ice cream that was churned by a bike in downtown Los Angeles. Edison International, SCE’s parent company, is a sponsor of the event, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and will have booths in each of the four cities.
“SCE is proud to support CicLAvia and its efforts to bring the entire region together as one community,” said SCE President Ron Nichols. “SCE and CicLAvia share a commitment to strengthening our communities and creating a cleaner, healthier environment for Southern Californians.”
SCE is focusing on electrifying transportation as a key component of its vision for a clean energy future. The effort is part of the company's goal to help meet the state’s plan of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
Since 2010, CicLAvia has been using public spaces so Southern California residents can ride, walk, skate or dance through car-free streets. The nonprofit has traversed 140 miles of Southland roads in cities like Venice, Boyle Heights, Pasadena and Panorama City.
Up to 100,000 people are expected at the CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills event on Sunday.
Mark Clayton, an SCE project analyst, plans to attend the event with his boyfriend who lives nearby in La Verne. After losing some weight recently, he is looking forward to getting out and staying active by taking part in his first CicLAvia event.
"I’m looking forward to getting out and about and cycling through the cities,” said Clayton, whose brother owns a bike shop.
He plans to stop by SCE’s clean energy booths with other CicLAvia participants who share an interest in creating a healthy environment.
“I think we have the same goals,” said Clayton.
“Creating a clean energy future is beneficial to all of us,” added Giang, who is looking forward to her first CicLAvia. “Together, we can make a difference.”
Come out and visit SCE’s booths at CicLAvia’s Heart of the Foothills event. All locations will have SCE’s Mobile Energy Unit tents, plus:
- San Dimas: The event’s kickoff will take place here. SCE will have a cellphone charging bike and a bike giveaway at this location.
- La Verne: Come and experience the latest electric vehicles. Take a fun photo with an electric vehicle and test drive an electric vehicle at the ride-and-drive hosted with Plug-In America.
- Pomona: Come and take a photo with an SCE linemen from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Claremont: Need a rest break? Come and enjoy a free scoop of ice cream (made by Peddler’s Creamery) from noon -2 p.m.
For more information: CicLAvia.org.