Founded in 1998, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to make our local communities fun, safe, and healthy places to ride a bike.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Did you know that only 15% of riders observed in our last bicycle and pedestrian count in L.A. were women? Celebrate Women's History Month by participating in this women-only workshop!
Women-identified folks are invited to join this 2-hour workshop, which will provide you with basic information you can use to safely ride your bicycle on the streets of LA County. Led by League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and LACBC member Molly Arevalo, this workshop includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home. Topics include:
- Proper helmet fit
- ABC Quick Check (checking your bicycle)
- Rules of the Road
- Riding Visibly & Predictably
- Traffic Principles for Bicyclists
This workshop is free for LACBC members, $35 for everyone else. Not a member? Become a member today.
This workshop takes place in a classroom. Bringing your bicycle is optional.
When: Saturday, March 14; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room (1st floor) - 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014
Please RSVP here!
The two-time defending champion Team LACBC now has 12 riders on board to participate in Climate Ride California this May. These all stars will be riding and raising money for LACBC and other environmental causes! Today we begin to profile some of our Team LACBC riders so that you can learn more about them and what motivates them to ride
First up is Ryan Jones. A resident of Downtown L.A. for almost a decade, Ryan has minimized his car use by opting to ride his bike. He first became involved with LACBC when he joined our Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Central group and is looking to make a larger impact. For his fundraising efforts, Ryan started it off by donating $1,400 of his own money to cover the costs or ride support, so that anything raised beyond that will directly benefit LACBC and environmental groups. Here Ryan answers questions about how he started riding, why he chose Team LACBC and Climate Ride, and more.
When and why did you start riding a bike?
Apart from learning to ride as a kid (and breaking my nose in the process--it's still well out of alignment thanks to that first good fall), it was a childhood friend who reintroduced me to cycling when it really stuck. He was up at UCSB and had the slightly over-ambitious idea to ride from his apartment in Isla Vista to his parents' house in Palos Verdes (the "IV to PV" ride), so I bought an entry-level road bike and joined him for the adventure. We did that ride the year following, too, and it was during the time in between that I started to really get into a riding routine (so I wouldn't slow him down on trip #2 -- and I didn't!). Then, years later, living in Echo Park, I got into the hipster fixie craze and taught myself basic bike mechanics for a few restoration projects. It's that combination of exercise/enjoyment riding and having projects to work on that will keep me into cycling for the rest of my life.
How did you get involved with LACBC?
Law school made me want to participate in local public policy, and LACBC's Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program seemed like a great way to start. I didn't keep up with my ambassador duties (I'll blame the bar exam), but I'm hoping to participate a little more now that that's behind me.
Why are you joining Team LACBC for Climate Ride?
I love the idea of supporting local sustainability and active transportation efforts, and there's no group that does more around here than LACBC. And I trust that Alek [Bartrosouf] will be a great team captain.
Have you ever done a long-distance ride before?
I've never done back-to-back long days on the saddle, but I've done a handful of centuries over the years (my favorite was a fundraising ride outside of Boston). Individually the days on this ride don't sound that hard, but the lack of that lazy, lounging rest day is going to be tough!
What are you doing to prepare for Climate Ride?
I've a pretty good schedule of short, hill-climbing weekday rides through Elysian Park and longer, more adventurous rides on weekends already, so as long as I can stick to that program for the next few months I should be in shape for Climate Ride.
Do you have any goals for Climate Ride? If so, what are they?
I'd really like Day 3's century to be my personal fastest, but that's about it for goals--the whole experience is a goal enough.
In 2013, Team LACBC became the top fundraising team and brought home the coveted top fundraising pint glasses by raising over $35,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC. Last year, Team LACBC rocked Climate Ride again! We raised over $74,000 for Climate Ride and LACBC and were easily the top fundraising team. We're coming back to raise some dough, 3-peat as the fundraising champions, and ride along the scenic Northern California coast!
Climate Ride California takes place from May 17th through May 21st, 2015, and is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California's historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Climate Ride participants must raise at least $2800 by May 11th, 2015, in order to participate, and if you're part of Team LACBC, we'll receive a portion of your raised funds. Have questions about Team LACBC and Climate Ride? Email Kelly Martin at kelly [at] la-bike [dot] org.
New! Enter the Ride with Greg Laemmle Contest. Enter the Ride with Greg Laemmle contest for a chance to ride Climate Ride CA 2015 with Team LACBC with LACBC board member and Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle and win an unlimited Laemmle Theatres pass for 2015! Entries must be received by Monday, February 16th.
After years of outreach, stakeholder education, meetings, rides and rallies, we are delighted to report that Councilman Gil Cedillo is seriously considering project options that will create a safe and inclusive North Figueroa that include bike lanes. Focusing on the historic core of Highland Park from Avenue 55 to Avenue 60, Cedillo’s staff worked with LADOT to produce a series of options that include essential safety elements, such as a road diet, better sidewalks and crosswalks, transit enhancements, and physically protected or buffered bike lanes. These options will be presented for community review in the coming weeks. We call on Northeast LA advocates to participate in this process with positivity and respect to foster community dialogue about the importance of making Figueroa safe for all. Although only five blocks, this project opens the door to safety improvements along the whole Figueroa corridor that are consistent with local advocates’ longstanding vision of a Figueroa that respects all travelers--people driving, taking transit, biking and, most importantly, walking.
If you would like to get more involved in the campaign and discuss strategies, we urge your participation at our next Northeast LA Bike Ambassador meeting on Wednesday, February 4, at 6 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing interest, and we’ll let you know when a venue is secured.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Beverly Hills City Council continued its discussion of the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project, including whether the rebuilt boulevard would accommodate bike lanes. Since the December meeting, LACBC worked with Better Bike Beverly Hills and a committee of local advocates to develop a compromise solution, dubbed the Beverly Hills Greenway, that creatively adds bike lanes with no net loss of landscaped area. Grassroots organizers collected over 400 signatures in less than two weeks and turned out over 30 speakers at Tuesday’s council meeting to support the greenway--and the council listened. Mayor Lili Bosse summed up the council’s sentiment by calling the new proposal “fair and balanced” and saying, “We can get there.” While the council stopped short of approving the bike lanes, they directed staff to analyze the Beverly Hills Greenway proposal and expressed their intent to resolve outstanding issues at a future date. We are cautiously optimistic that the reconstructed Santa Monica Boulevard will include bike lanes.