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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Yesterday afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti delivered his second State of City address at Cal State Northridge, just a few blocks away from the City of L.A.’s first parking-protected bike lanes on Reseda Blvd. On the heels of last week’s release of the Los Angeles Sustainable City pLAn, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition was excited to see Mayor Garcetti re-emphasize his commitment to building a more sustainable future for all Angelenos and commend CicLAvia, the Great Streets L.A. Initiative, and LADOT People St, along with his new Clean Streets Initiative, as ways Los Angeles is reclaiming its streets.
“The State of the City highlighted the work Mayor Garcetti is doing to encourage all Angelenos to take back our public space and fully experience the various modes of transportation L.A. has to offer,” says LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler. “Further, Mayor Garcetti understands the links between equity, transportation, and other major issues facing L.A., including wages, economic sustainability, and affordable housing. At LACBC, we’re excited to work in coalition with our elected officials and partners in all spaces to make L.A. a healthy, safe, equitable, and fun place to ride a bike.”
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.
Congrats to the Laemmle Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 5 winners of the Ride with Greg Laemmle contest, presented by the Laemmle Charitable Foundation!
- Edmundo Rea is Grand Prize Winner. He receives $2,500 toward his minimum.
- Mike Andrick and Erik Adler are the Second Place Prize Winners. They each receive $1,000 toward their minimum requirement.
- Lisa Frank and Lani Anderson are the Runner Up Prize Winners. They each receive $250 toward their minimum requirement.
Hi LACBC network,
I can't believe it's been three months since I started as your Executive Director. It's been an exciting three months full of meeting a lot of you and representing the incredible work that LACBC is doing across the county--and country.
One of those places I got to represent LACBC was at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. I was lucky to be joined at the summit by LACBC's fantastic Policy and Planning Director, Eric Bruins, and our amazing board member and local chapter rep from Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia Rose.
- During my week in D.C., I learned a lot. Most notably:
- The weather really is better here!
- The bike community is striving to talk about diversity and equity, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Bike advocates have great potential to make biking and the biking community feel like a welcoming place for all individuals who ride bikes--but we aren't there yet. Based on the diversity of our wonderful city, we have a real chance to be leaders in this space. As an organization, we're making a pledge to have #equity as a core value in all of our work. We'd love to hear from you on what you think about this, feel free to reach out to me personally to talk about what you see and want to see around equity.
- One of our other core values is making sure that biking is safe and accessible for all people who bike in LA county. We're going to take a leadership role locally in the national Vision Zero movement to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our streets.
- These two things will compliment one another and we're upping the ante on the national movement by striving for Vision Equity + Vision Zero to = safety for everyone who rides a bike.
- Finally, we spent an incredible day on the Hill talking to every nationally elected official that represents any part of LA County. We educated them on LACBC, all that we do, and the issues that matter to you!
I've been thrilled to represent this organization and am loving every bit of the job. You can always stay up to date on what I'm doing on Twitter at @lacbc or @TamikaButler. I want to hear for you. I'm here for you. Our talented team at HQ is working hard to make all of L.A. a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. Thanks for being a part of making that a reality.
- Tamika Butler, LACBC Executive Director
Check out our Storify collection of social media with some of the highlights of our trip.
Downtown Los Angeles may be becoming a better place to bike, but that hasn’t always been the case. Just five years ago, the LACBC was still working on bringing bike lanes to 7th Street. We didn’t have green buffered bike lanes on Spring or buffered bike lanes on Main (or any other lanes really). Downtown L.A. may have been the nexus of the Metro Rail system even then, but Metro Rail still had peak-hour restrictions on bringing bikes on board (and LACBC would work on removing them up until April 2011). CicLAvia was still an LACBC subcommittee that wouldn’t hit the Heart of L.A. to inspire the masses to dust off their bikes and enjoy Open Streets until October of 2010. Downtown streets had not yet become more people-oriented with parklets on Spring, and sidewalks extensions on Broadway. Riding through the 2nd Street Tunnel to get home to Echo Park was a harrowing experience because no buffered, protected bike lanes existed yet. Several bike staples--like Peddler’s Creamery or the mobile bike repair co-opt CRANC--had not even arrived.
Bicycling in Downtown L.A. looks vastly different these days. Downtown L.A. is slowly becoming one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the County, and it's not done yet. Looking ahead to the future, here are some exciting projects in the works in the Downtown L.A. area.
While Long Beach and Temple City have led the way with the first respective protected bike lanes in the County, last spring local community stakeholders rallied to support the Figueroa Streetscape Corridor Project (known as MyFigueroa), a project that includes protected bike lanes and other people-friendly improvements from Downtown L.A. to South L.A. New light fixtures have recently been installed on the street as a first step. The project will not only link Downtown L.A. to South L.A. and institutions like USC and Exposition Project but will also turn this stretch into a complete street that prioritizes people and encourages business patronage. This week the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) tested out different types of physical barriers to be used for future protected bike lanes.
We’ve been anticipating bike share in L.A. County for years, but now Metro is getting closer to bringing a Countywide system here, beginning with a 2-year pilot program in Downtown L.A. Bike share will debut in spring or summer of 2016, although some downtown building managers are already establishing their own private "bike share" for their building tenants.
7th Street Bike Lanes Improvements
While our campaign for bike lanes on 7th Street through Downtown L.A., MacArthur Park, and Koreatown began years ago and came to fruition in 2011, there are still grander plans for this important downtown street. Wilshire Grand’s 7th Street Improvement Project aims to make 7th Street a true destination street by prioritizing pedestrian and multi-modal access. Three different concept plans for the bike lanes all include extra enhancements: bike lanes with bulb-outs, bike lanes with a sidewalk extension, or protected bike lanes.
Union Station Linkages
Metro’s Connect US Action Plan (formerly the Union Station Linkages Study) has been soliciting feedbacl to improve walking and bicycling connections between Union Station and the surrounding communities. Proposed bike lanes include lanes on Cesar Chavez, Alameda, 1st, Central, 3rd, and Broadway, among others
Experience Central Campaign
LACBC, TRUST South L.A., and Community Health Councils are working to bring complete streets to an 8-mile stretch of Central Ave, from Little Tokyo down to Watts, through the Experience Central Campaign.
We're excited for what is developing in Downtown L.A.! Make sure to notice what's happening next time you ride into downtown or chart the progress through LADOT's interactive bike map.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
When: Saturday, May 23; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: John Anson Ford Park, Bell Gardens
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