Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.
News and Events
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
LACBC has grown as an organization to 11 regional chapters throughout the county and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in Los Angeles City. With so much going on, headquarters wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity. Meet fellow advocates, learn the strategies, and ask questions. Refreshments provided - see you there!
Outreach - March 20th
Membership - April 29th
Winning Campaigns Training - May 31st
Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training - July 12th
Fundraising - August 21st
Today Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced new legislation that would establish a "Yellow Alert" for hit-and-run collisions resulting in death or serious bodily injury, allowing law enforcement to get vehicle and suspect descriptions to the public through existing emergency alert systems used for child abductions and missing seniors.
To get this bill through the legislature this year, Assemblymember Gatto did a "gut-and-amend" of one of his bills that was already in the State Senate. That means that there is no room for error--this bill must pass every committee on its first try. First up is the Senate Public Safety Committee, likely the hardest step other than getting Governor Jerry Brown's signature. We need your help to make this happen.
1) Send an email to the Senate Public Safety Committee at: SCOPS@sen.ca.gov
Have you or someone you know been the victim of a hit-and-run? Tell your story!
Dear Senator Hancock,
Hit-and-runs are an ongoing epidemic plaguing our streets and preventing people from feeling safe while walking and biking. I strongly support AB 47 (Gatto) to create a "Yellow Alert" to notify the public when a hit-and-run resulting in death or serious bodily injury has occurred, so that we can help catch perpetrators before they have a chance to cover up their crime. Often, eyewitnesses to hit-and-runs are able to provide significant information about the make, model, and license plate number of the fleeing vehicle. Unfortunately, by the time this information reaches the public, the vehicle may already be at a body shop to be repaired and repainted or hidden away in a garage or yard. The result is that nationwide, less than half of all hit-and-run offenders are apprehended, and in Los Angeles, the arrest rate for fatal hit-and-runs is only 20%.
The “Yellow Alert” system is a simple yet effective solution that would allow descriptive information about a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run to reach the public in a timely and effective manner, increasing the chances that these individuals, who demonstrate reckless disregard for human life, will be identified and brought to justice. Since implementing a similar alert system in 2012, authorities in Denver, Colorado have seen their hit-and-run arrest rate climb to 76%. Colorado’s alert system was recently expanded to be a statewide program. California hit-and-run victims deserve the same odds of getting justice. Please support AB 47.
2) Sign and share our hit-and-run petition! If you haven't already , please sign our petition. Spreading the word about the problem of hit-and-run helps build support for solving it. Please share this link: http://lacbc.nationbuilder.com/hitandrun
3) Support this campaign! Passing this bill through the legislature and getting the governor's signature is going to take a lot of work through August and we simply can't do it without your support. Can you pitch in with $25, $50 or $100 today to support this campaign? Donations of $35 or more includeLACBC membership. http://la-bike.org/donate
LACBC is excited to release the Bicycle Findings & Recommendations from the 2013 L.A. Bicycle and Pedestrian Count that we conducted alongside Los Angeles Walks and several other community partners. This count was a massive undertaking, requiring over 400 volunteer shifts at 120 distinct locations throughout the city on multiple days in September 2013. In total, our volunteers counted nearly 18,000 bicyclists over six hours.
Overall, bicycle ridership is up 7.5 percent since 2011. But more importantly, where new bikeways were added, ridership is up over 100 percent! In other words, bike infrastructure works!
The count also found that:
- The busiest time for bicycling is the evening commute period, suggesting that most people are riding for transportation.
- People strongly prefer riding on dedicated facilities like bike paths and bike lanes over streets with no bicycle facilities.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 bicyclists is female, and female ridership is highest on bike paths and bike lanes, suggesting that the lack of safe and comfortable facilities is causing a gender disparity among bicyclists.
- Bike lanes improve bicyclist behavior, cutting sidewalk riding in half compared to streets without and reducing wrong-way riding as well.
- This report shows that as ridership continues to grow in Los Angeles, not everyone feels safe riding without better bicycle facilities.
Download and read the full report for an in-depth look at these key findings and recommendations.
Thank you to our partners: Los Angeles Walks, TRUST South L.A., Community Health Councils, Advancement Project, Pacoima Beautiful, Bikerowave, Bike Oven, CM Mike Bonin's Office, and CM Bob Blumenfield's Office.
Thank you to our hundreds of volunteers who took time out of their days for our most ambitious count yet.
Thank you to our sponsors: Pocrass & de Los Reyes, Fehr & Peers, Stantec, Flying Pigeon, David Bohnett Foundation, and Roth Family Foundation.
LACBC is proud to announce an update of the Rules of the Road pocket guide we released early in 2013! The guide has been renamed "Bike Smart - California Rules of the Road" and the layout has been changed to fold better. LACBC members receive a copy in their membership packets when they sign up or renew.
We've printed 37,000 copies so far this year, thanks to sponsorship from Pocrass and De Los Reyes, CicLAvia, and Metro. The content is essentially the same California laws for bicyclists written in short, simple language in English and Spanish. Customized versions for different cities in L.A. County are available (we have a Glendale version in the works now). Additional language translations are also pending.
For more information about sponsorship and customized versions, contact LACBC Education Director Colin Bogart at email@example.com.
You can also read the Rules of the Road on the LACBC website.