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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On Sunday, September 20th, Mad Men writer-producer and Emmy nominee Tom Smuts led a bike ride to the Primetime Emmy Awards from his home in Santa Monica to L.A. Live for the second year in a row to show that it is possible to bike anywhere in Los Angeles and to highlight three exciting L.A. initiatives: Vision Zero, Great Streets, and bike share.
Tom was joined along the way by Councilmember Mike Bonin, Marcel Porras from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler, professional cyclists Tim Johnson and Dave Zabriskie, actor Jon Huertas, actress and triathlete Kathleen Kelly Lang, members of the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, Rapha reps, and more.
Tom actually got the party rolling with a fast-paced pre-ride with folks like actress Erika Christensen. He came back to his house in Santa Monica where Councilmember Mike Bonin spoke about L.A.'s new livability initiatives and we grubbed on some food. Then we headed off, traveling along Venice Blvd, an L.A. Great Street, for much of the 20-mile ride. We stopped at a pop-up bike share station at Venice and Union to test out Metro's new bike share bicycles, before riding to the red carpet at L.A. Live. Fox provided the first ever bike valet at the Emmys, where valets in fancy suits parked our bikes before the big show.
It was a rather warm day, but this great crew enjoyed our active pre-party and looked pretty amazing doing it.
Thank you to Tom Smuts for inspiring us and inviting us to help plan the ride; Fox, the Television Academy, LADOT, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin for working on ride logistics; Serena Liu for photographing the event; Rapha and Cannondale for providing some good bike gear; and the folks that joined and supported the ride.
Photos by Serena Liu.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition was proud to stand as part of the newly formed Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance (LA0) as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the Vision Zero executive directive to end all traffic deaths by the year 2025.
Vision Zero is a policy that aims to eliminate all traffic deaths. While traffic safety campaigns have traditionally focused on changing human behavior, Vision Zero instead places the responsibility on government to using evidence-based strategies to manage the streets to prevent fatalities and serious injuries. Yesterday Los Angeles joined a global movement in altering its approach to traffic safety and proclaiming that the simple act of getting from point A to point B—whether biking, walking, driving, or using other means—should not be "a death-defying act," to borrow a phrase that Councilmember Mike Bonin used yesterday.
LA0 is a strong and diverse constituency that works in partnership with the City. Members of LA0 include: AARP California, Advancement Project, Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), Community Health Councils (CHC), Los Angeles Walks, Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), PALS for Health, T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., Youth Policy Institute (YPI), and LACBC.
Photo by Serena Grace Photo for LA0.
The winners of the 2015 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program were announced. This grant program will award up to $20,000 to eight community-driven projects that re-imagine LA's iconic commercial corridors as dynamic public spaces. Check out all the recipients here.
LACBC is a partner on several of the projects. Read more about the projects below, and donate by Friday, August 21st, to help make them a reality! The Challenge Grant Program will match your donations if fundraisinging reaches $10,000 to provide additional funding for each project.
Make It Mar Vista is a one-day festival, taking place Saturday, November 28, 2015 hosted by Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce, LACBC, and community partners. It envision inviting people from our community and beyond to interact with local businesses, artists and each other for a day of true community engagement along our Great Street of Venice Boulevard. LACBC will lead an inaugural bike ride to open the festival! Visit the Make It Mar Vista fundraising page to support the project!
Connect the Dots (@connecthedotsLA) is a series of public workshops that will inform and visualize environmental dynamics of streets and stormwater system and think about the future of Van Nuys Blvd with community members. Participants will paint blue dots on Van Nuys Great Streets to visualize where and how the water flows underneath. Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists will experience safe and complete Van Nuys Blvd. Visit Connect the Dots Van Nuys fundraising page to support the project!
YES (Youth Envisioned Streets) for a Healthier South LA is a collaborative effort between National Health Foundation, A Place Called Home, Los Angeles Walks, LACBC, and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. The project will empower South LA youth to plan and execute a one-day community event to take place on Central Avenue between 33rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Through this event, youth will demonstrate innovative interventions along the corridor that will transform this public space to promote healthy lifestyles. Visit the YES for a Healthier South LA fundraising page to support the project!
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.