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
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00pm - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) are partnering through the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative to compete for a LA2050 grant that will change the narrative about mobility in LA County and lift up the voices of people who walk, ride a bike, and take transit.
If awarded, the project will highlight how people across Los Angeles County are currently traveling and support a shared vision of not only regional success for mobility, but empathy and compassion for travel needs of all users—all ages, abilities and income levels. These stories can reframe the narrative on mobility in LA by Angelenos themselves, from their own experiences and hopes. By infusing important transportation policy conversations with real experiences from people throughout the region, particularly in traditionally underserved communities like Central, South and East LA, the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley, we hope to unite diverse perspectives around common themes and galvanize support for a transportation system that improves safety and independence for all.
Learn more about the project and vote here: http://myla2050live.maker.good.is/projects/LAGetsThere
Voting is open from September 2nd through September 16th.
The Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect on September 16, 2014. The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance." The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
One key to making the new law effective is to make sure the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAA, Wire Media, and CalBike to create an “I Give 3 Feet” graphic for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties to download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.
Key points to include with the Three Feet for Safety Act graphic are:
- Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance."
- This new law defines “safe distance” as three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction.
- If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
- Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
- Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic, and their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. You can request the window clings and the CalBike stickers directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form
Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:00am
September 21st in International Car-Free Day! Join us LACBC and our Valley NBAs for a ride and refresh in celebration!
When: Sunday, September 21; meet at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Van Nuys Orange Line Bus Station - 6060 Van Nuys Blvd. (map)
RSVP and spread the word through our Facebook event.
Join our Valley Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors for a 10-mile ride along the Orange Line Bike Path from Van Nuys Blvd. to Balboa Park. We’ll take a loop around the park to see some of the sights including the R/C Planes and Miniature Airport. The ride will finish at MacLeod’s Ale Brewing Company, just off of the Orange Line Bike Path. MacLeod’s is the first microbrewery in the San Fernando Valley and the latest LACBC Business Partner! We’ll get a tour of the Brewery, and LACBC members showing their membership card get 15% off drinks and merchandise.
And the award for Outstanding Commute to the Emmys goes to. . . Tom Smuts of Mad Men! The writer-producer may not have biked away with a golden statue (he was nominated as a producer of Mad Men for Outstanding Drama Series), but this LACBC member won many accolades for riding his bike to the Emmys today. (He just beat out talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who took the subway in.)
For the first time in over 40 years, the annual television awards show was held on a Monday evening (instead of a Sunday), meaning that both Emmys traffic and regular weekday rush hour traffic would be converging at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown L.A. Mr. Smuts, who commutes by bike to his work several times a week, decided that he wanted to bike to the Emmys to show that it is possible to bike anywhere in anything and that it is so much fun. He did just that, riding 17 miles from his home in Santa Monica to Downtown L.A.
Mr. Smuts rode out with a mix of family and friends and folks from LACBC, the City of Los Angele Bicycle Advisory Committee, amd Mayor Garcetti’s office, who were stylishly outfitted in clothing from Rapha and riding trusty Tern folding bikes. Some steps we took to ensure that we looked their best for the red carpet: starting early so that we could ride at an easy pace, planning out a route beforehand that utilized bike infrastructure and calm streets (we took both streets with bike infrastructure like 4th St. and 7th St., as well as streets with proposed bike infrastructure like San Vicente and 6th St. in the Mid-City area), wearing clothing that both looked good and felt comfortable, carrying the proper tools to keep our bikes running and ourselves looking good, having pit stops (like the one at Loyola Law School) to freshen up at. We also had to improvise a bit, as we perhaps enjoyed ourselves too much at the beginning of the ride and had to speed it up towards the end to make it on time.
Mr. Smuts did make it in time to walk the red carpet this evening and looked dapper in his suit and bike helmet.
While not everyone will ride 17 miles every day, this ride reminds us of the possibilities of riding in our city. Bike to work, bike to school, bike to the grocery store, bike to a fancy awards show with the biggest names in television. Los Angeles is a biking city, and there is no event you can't ride to here. Plus, biking as a group to an event is the best kind of pre-party!
Thank you to Tom Smuts, his family, the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, Mayor Garcetti's Office, Loyola Law School, the Television Academy, Rapha, and Tern.