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.
News and Events
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
On Tuesday afternoon, after a long and contentious hearing, the City Council passed Mobility Plan 2035 on a 12-2 vote. Councilmembers Koretz and Cedillo voted against the plan after their amendments to remove bike projects in their district were not accepted.
This plan makes safety the City's #1 transportation priority and includes 300 miles of protected bike lanes and over 100 miles of bus transit improvements. As Councilmember Mike Bonin said, these are the changes that residents need to have walking, biking and transit be safe and convenient choices. Thank you also to PLUM Committee Chair Jose Huizar for championing this citywide complete streets plan and ushering it through Council approval.
Most of all, thank you to the hundreds of you who wrote, called and attended council, committee and commission hearings along the way. This plan is a huge step forward for the City of Los Angeles, and making its benefits real on our streets will require your continued support. Thank you!
You can see the entire Mobility Plan 2035 and EIR here.
As one of the city's greatest advocates for cycling, Greg Laemmle has been as steady fixture on the LACBC board since January, 2010. He is President of Laemmle Theatres, LLC, a family owned business that has been exhibiting art and foreign films in Los Angeles since 1938. Before joining LACBC, Greg served on the boards of Film Independent and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
He also serves as Treasurer of the Laemmle Theatres Charitable Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 2000 that sponsored Operation Firefly, a program to distribute bike lights to those in need. This spring, Greg took part again in Climate Ride and also continued his generous ways holding a contest to support other cyclists' entry into the ride.
If you haven't met Greg or his lovely wife Tish out on the road, you may recognize them on television earlier this year riding to the Oscars in the rain!
Greg is also bringing back the Tour de Laemmle for a second year as a free cycling event that covering 125 miles around the L.A. region, with stops at all eight Laemmle theater locations. We catch up with Greg to talk about this last year.
Tell us a little about why being part of LACBC is so important.
I’d like to think that LACBC is making a difference in letting people know there are better options and providing safer, friendlier places for people to bike. It also makes our community a more fun place to shop, recreate and do all those things. As someone who operates a business within the city of Los Angeles, it’s important for me to understand how my customers and employees get to the theater. One of the complaints we insistantly hear is how crowded Los Angeles is and how tough parking is to find. By showing there’s a way to interact with our community and partake with local businesses plays an important part of what’s going on in the county.
What was it like being a part of this year’s Climate Ride?
Climate Ride was amazing. It was my third year and had experienced the route down the coast, so it was wonderful to repeat that. The new wrinkle this year was climbing Mt. Tam and having a full day to do that was a great addition. Also, to recruit a terrific team of individuals, to train with and share this experience is amazing.
Your theaters are transit oriented, is that a central theme to Laemmle Theaters?
Yes, we very much want to be part of the neighborhood in which the theaters are located. We try to focus on transit, so we’re excited that the Foothill Extension will bring the Gold Line to Claremont and that you can use Expo Rail to get there. As we look at the expanding parts of the county, we look at the ability to reach all these places by bike or multimodal. In terms of being part of the fabric of the community, it’s part of who we are and it’s important to be personal in those locations.
What should people know about the Tour de Laemmle?
People should feel free to show up on the day of and ride as much as you can. And if you get tired, there are great options to get around. We designed the ride so if you can maintain a 12 mile per hour pace, you can complete the ride by the time the sun goes down. I’m going to be riding at a 15-18 mile per hour pace, because I don’t want to be in the saddle that long. I love riding the length of Whittier Blvd., the main drag of East LA., and Mt. Sac is a little bit of a climb. We are also incorporating a lot more off street riding through the Rio Hondo / Whittier Narrows area onto the San Gabriel River bike trail. The route from Claremont to Pasadena is a really pleasant ride going through some really great communities and the climb over Sepulveda at mile 100 is always a pleasure. It is more challenging than the LA River Ride century. We have more climbing and more miles.
For more information or to sign up, go to tourdelaemmle.com.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are three different classes being offered:
- "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-A) - Session A
- "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-B) - Session B
- "Basic Bicycling Skills"
All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). These classes are for adults and youth who are at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian. Participants receive a free bicycle helmet and bike lights.
Classes are being offered in:
- Culver City
- Downtown Los Angeles (Metro)
- East Los Angeles
- North Hills (San Fernando Valley)
- North Long Beach
- Santa Monica
Check out the full schedule, and register at http://la-bike.org/bicyclesafetyclasses.
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thank you for joining us at the 15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 28th!
YOUR RIDE MAKES A DIFFERENCE: SUPPORT THE COMPLETION OF THE L.A. RIVER BIKEWAY
The L.A. River Ride is the signature event of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the only non-profit organization working county wide to make all of LA healthy, safe and fun for bikes.
Your participation makes a significant contribution to LACBC's efforts to complete all 51 miles of the L.A. River Bikeway from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach by the year 2020. We are partners in Greenway 2020.
Get Your River Ride Photo
Your free photos are now up on PhotoCrazy.com thanks to LACBC and our sustaining sponsor, Subaru of America, Inc. To find your photo, try to remember what time you passed the photographer and use the pull-down menu top to get to your time range. Then click on your photo to be brought to the FREE PHOTO button. Click on that, enter your name, email, address, and zip code, and your photo will be emailed to you in a minute.
Thank You to Our River Ride Sponsors
If you've been on any local group rides or an Operation Firefly distribution this past season, you may have met Wayne "Ridetime" Howard. Originally from Chicago, Wayne now resides in Palms, but you could easily run into him anywhere on his bike in Southern California. He planned and led both February's Bowl Sunday Funday Ride and April's Bridges, Skylines, and Donuts Sunday Funday Ride, volunteered for several Operation Firefly light distributions, and is now helping with route-planning for the L.A. River Ride. Read more to learn how he got his nickname, where his favorite place to ride is, and what his advice is to new riders.
Why did you first start riding a bike?
I can't ever remember not riding a bike. My dad taught me when I was a kid and I've been riding ever since. BMX, mountain, and now road.
How did you get the nickname “Ridetime”?
The nickname is an homage to one of my favorite bands--The Time--and their album, "What time is it?" When we'd start saddling up to actually ride I would always yell out "What time is it?" in the same manner as the song on the album. Some people would yell out the actual time or say "I don't know what time it is" to which I would say "it's ride time of course" and then we'd roll out. It kind of took off from there and I just adopted it as my moniker.
You’ve planned many bike rides. How did you get into that?
Before I ever moved to L.A. to ride a bike in Chicago and the surrounding area, you would just get on the bike and go. Mass transit in Chicago is 24 hours so you could be anywhere and know that you could get home. When I moved to L.A. I got on the mountain bike one day with no plan and headed into the Santa Monica mountains. I got lost, the sun was going down, the temp dropped 30 degrees, and that was probably the least fun I've ever had on a bike. From that moment on, every ride was a well thought-out ride all the way down to how much food and water I needed to carry, to when the sun would set, to what stores are nearby, etc. When I switched over to Road, I was participating in mostly organized paid rides which were really well planned. I started riding night rides mostly listed on the Midnight Ridazz website. From there I gradually moved over to doing nighttime century rides which required even more route planning. The nighttime group rides were the most challenging to plan because I had to account for time, distance, stops, safety and bailout points for those riders who might not be strong enough to carry on.
Do you have any favorite rides that you’ve planned?
Orange County Daytime Century is a favorite. I do a Metrolink Metric Century to San Juan Capistrano which is quickly becoming an all time favorite. Out of all of those, I think The Moonlight Century (an L.A. County urban century) which I plan with Leslie Caldera, a.k.a. Creative Thing, is probably the all time favorite. All of the rides I listed are great camaraderie bike rides in that we all ride together, and we leave no rider behind (within reason, of course).
How did you get involved with LACBC?
The L.A. River Ride was the first time I had ever heard of LACBC. I think it was 2006 or 2007, I can't remember. It was my first roadie long distance ride, I think I did the 70 miler. After that, I was a big fan, and I'd volunteer on and off for different things. Outside of the L.A River Ride, and all of the important bike advocacy, I'm a big fan of LACBC's Operation Firefly.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
Ballona Creek Bike path to Torrance beach.
Song that best works as your bike commute theme song:
I never use ear buds or ear phones when riding because I believe it's a distraction. All my attention is devoted to what's going on around me.
Favorite place to eat in L.A.:
Being from Chicago I'm always looking for food that takes me back. Portillo's is a Chicago staple and they built one in Buena Park. A little spot called Hollywood Pies is the closest I get to an authentic Deep dish pizza without getting on a plane and Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen on Manchester Blvd is pretty close to Grandma's cooking.
Advice you’d give to someone who wants to start riding:
Ride the L.A. River, SGV, Rio Hondo, Ballona Creek, etc. bike paths. Then take a biking 101 course and venture out into the city. Always wear a helmet and ride your bike as if the person driving in a car cannot see you.
Favorite bike lane or piece of bike infrastructure:
San Gabriel River Bike Path. 35 miles of car free bike riding. Doesn't get any better than that.
LACBC campaign or program you’re most excited about:
Photo above: Wayne addresses the crowd at the Skylines, Bridges, and Donuts Sunday Funday Ride that he planned and led. Photo by Serena Grace Liu.