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June 11, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Monday, June 15, 2015 (All day)

Support Mobility Plan 2035 for a Safer, More Sustainable Transportation Future for L.A.

In July, the Los Angeles City Council will consider Mobility Plan 2035, the first comprehensive update to the city’s transportation policies since 1999. A lot has changed since the 1990s: we now have regular CicLAvias, everyday bike ridership has spiked, and the voter-approved expansion of the region’s transit system is rapidly under construction. Our streets are now seen as places for people, not just thoroughfares for cars. Technologies like real-time transit info, ride hailing apps, and bike share promise to give Angelenos new tools to take full advantage of the new infrastructure being built. The adoption of the unprecedented Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles earlier this year has grounded mobility conversations in the context of health and equity, recognizing that better transportation policy provides economic mobility for underserved residents while promoting community health and active transportation. And, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn calls for increasing walking, biking and transit to 35% of all trips in just 10 years to help meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The resulting Mobility Plan 2035 is a plan that is right for Los Angeles and right for our multimodal future.

What does the Mobility Plan do?

  • Makes safety the City’s #1 transportation priority, particularly the safety of children walking to school.
  • Sets design speeds for city streets and provides engineering and enforcement solutions to stop the constant increase in speed limits.
  • Proposes a new network of protected bike lanes across L.A.
  • Doubles city funding for walking and bicycling.
  • Calls for annual bicycle and pedestrian counts by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
  • Sets a performance metric of zero increase in car travel per person.

You can see the entire Mobility Plan 2035 and EIR here.

As with any significant progress, skeptics and naysayers are vocally opposing the Plan, either in whole or in part. Some neighborhood groups are fearful that a transition away from a car-dominated city to a balanced system might snarl traffic or delay emergency responders. Meanwhile, a vocal minority are taking this opportunity to attack specific projects, which threatens to piecemeal a well-planned citywide network. This Plan is supported by a broad base of residents, business groups, environmental organizations, and health advocates. Now is the time to demonstrate that support to the City Council.

Take Action to Support the Mobility Plan!

#MobilityMondayLA may have been one June 15th, but you can still show your support for Mobility Plan 2035:

  1. Attend the joint Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committee (T-Com) meeting tentatively scheduled for July. We'll update you when we get an exact time.
  2. Email and call your councilmember (find your councilmember here) - sample below
  3. Share/tweet that you did it! (sample tweet: “I just called @PaulKoretzCD5 to support Mobility Plan 2035. You should too! www.la-bike.org/mobilityplan #MobilityMondayLA”)

Sample Email

To: (find your councilmember here)@lacity.org
Bcc: hyeran@la-bike.org
Subj: Support Mobility Plan 2035 for safe & sustainable streets!

Dear Councilmember _________,

I support adopting the Mobility Plan 2035, including all of its proposed networks. As a ___________ (e.g. bike rider, pedestrian, transit user, driver, business owner, student, parent, etc.), I strongly support this Plan because I believe that it will help make L.A. streets better for all of us walking, biking, taking transit and driving.

A well-connected network of protected bike lanes and other complete streets improvements the Plan includes will give people healthier options to get around our neighborhoods and our whole city. Calmer traffic and safer streets are critical to protect and enhance our quality of life. We need this plan to build on the progress made by the 2010 Bicycle Plan and make all modes of transportation work together for our city. The modal networks in the Plan were carefully crafted to balance the needs of all who will use them. We can't afford to piecemeal them to appease local naysayers without undermining their citywide utility.

This Plan also supports LADOT's goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2025. Right now, a pedestrian or bicyclist is killed on L.A. streets every three days. We know that good design, along with education and enforcement, is essential to meeting this goal. This Plan gives all city agencies the tools and the direction to work together toward making L.A. a safe city to move around in.

(Personal comments)

Please support the Mobility Plan 2035 so that we can all travel safely on the streets of L.A.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your address)

 

May 28, 2015 News 0 Comments

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:

Operation Firefly!

 

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.

May 26, 2015 News 0 Comments

Congratulations to all 20 riders of Team LACBC, who completed the 320+ miles of Climate Ride California last Thursday.

Thank you to our Team Captain Greg Laemmle (who has set a fundraising record), Carrie Ungerman, Colin Bogart, Hyeran Lee, Lani Anderson, Mike Andrick, Alan Bair, Alek Bartrosouf, Laurel Bybee, Israel Coutin, Eric Gardner, Greg Heining, Nora Hipolito, Marc Horwitz, Ezra Laemmle, Nathan Lucero, Erik Mar, Parisa Mirzadehgan, Edmundo Rea, and Harvey Slater.

Let's look at the ride by the numbers:

  • 1: Place Team LACBC got this year as the top fundraising team.
  • 3: Number of Team LACBC-ers that made it into the Climate Ride Top 10 for individual fundraising (Greg L, Carrie, and Marc).
  • 3: Years LACBC has been the top fundraising team.
  • 3: Number of former LACBC interns on Climate Ride. That would be Team LACBC's Hyeran and Edmundo, as well as Team Bike East Bay's Erica Tan!
  • 3: Number of Laemmle Theatre Contest winners on the ride (Edmundo, Mike, and Lani).
  • 5: Number of Team LACBC-ers that returned from last year (Greg L, Marc, Alek, Erik, and Parisa). In fact, this was Greg L's and Marc's 3rd time doing Climate Ride.
  • 20: Final number of people on Team LACBC this year. (This made it particularly hard to get a complete team photo.)
  • 320: Approximate miles ridden by each rider.
  • 28,910 (and counting): Dollars raised by Team Captain Greg L, a new Climate Ride record!
  • 110,468 (and counting): Dollars raised by Team LACBC for LACBC and other environmental causes.

And thanks to all the donors, friends, and family that supported our riders along the way. We especially want to give shout outs to those that donated $500+ to Team LACBC members: Galpin, Nancy Unngerman, Laemmle Charitable Foundation, Roof Resources Inc, Green Dinosaur Inc, Horton Engineering, Grantors Foundation, Reynolds & Reynolds, Abramorama, SoCal Cinetech, NATO of CA/NV, Elkins Kalt, Teen Line, Double Exposure, Spotlight Cinema Network, Bob Laemmle, and Christine Mar.

Check out some of the posts from Team LACBC in our Storify collection.

(Doesn't it look fun? Consider joining Team LACBC on Climate Ride California in 2016!)

 

May 18, 2015 News 0 Comments

 

Last year, we had an interdepartmental battle amongst the LACBC staff when our Planning & Policy Director Eric Bruins narrowly edged out our former Policy & Campaigns Manager Alek Bartrosouf in Climate Ride fundraising to be named King of the Mountain at LACBC HQ. LACBC staffers and Team LACBC riders chose sides, alliances were formed, and Eric had the last laugh.

This year, we have another staff battle in Colin Vs. Hyeran.

Colin Bogart is LACBC's Program Director who came to LACBC back in 2000 as a volunteer, was once LACBC's Board President, and joined the staff back in 2008. 

Hyeran Lee is LACBC's Policy & Outreach Coordinator who came to LACBC as an intern in 2012 and joined the staff just last year.

By the time they reach the finish line on May 21st, we are going to declare Colin or Hyeran King or Queen of the Mountain at LACBC HQ. In this battle of education vs. planning, veteran vs. newbie, Sunset bike lanes vs. 7th St bike lanes, herbivore vs. omnivore, who will win?

5/18/2015 Update: Hyeran holds a firm lead at $4,110 versus Colin at $3,000.

Show your support by donating to your favorite rider: Colin or Hyeran!

May 11, 2015 News 0 Comments

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Today we kicked off Bike Week by releasing results from LACBC's Operation Firefly/Operacíon Luciérnaga program’s latest season. Operation Firefly is an education and bicycle light distribution program intended to make sure people are riding safely at night in Los Angeles County. During the 2014-2015 winter season, the program served over 2,000 people at 36 distributions in 13 different cities across the county, installing front and back bike lights on their bikes, educating them about riding safely, and surveying them on riding habits. Neighborhoods targeted for this initiative are often low-income communities of color where light recipients lack lights and proper bicycle infrastructure, despite the fact that many people are riding out of necessity. Some of our key survey findings include:

  • 75% of recipients surveyed use a bike as their main form of transportation.
  • 33% of recipients don’t usually ride with lights at night.
  • 86% of recipients are misinformed regarding the legal requirements for biking at night.
  • 19% of recipients identified as female.
  • 31% of recipients cited Spanish as their primary language.

This Bike Week, we want to highlight the importance of making L.A. County's streets safer and more equitable for all who ride and all who want to ride!

See our full press release.

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