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
The 4th Street Bicycle Blvd. will be another step closer to reality as two mini-roundabouts are projected for installation on 4th Street by the summer of 2012. One will be located at 4th Street and Norton, the other will be at 4th Street and New Hampshire. LACBC is reaching out to the community through additional local organizations in an effort to further build support for the roundabouts and 4th Street as a whole. Read more about it on the LACBC blog.
If you've been along Spring Street the past few days, you cannot have missed the Spring Street's buffered, green bike lane, which runs from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street! The bike lanes on 1st Street in Boyle Heights have also received a green paint treatment. Yesterday, over 80 people gathered for a celebratory press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Spring and 2nd Streets in Downtown LA.
Many thanks to councilmembers Perry and Huizar, Mayor Villaraigosa, the DLANC, and LADOT for making this all possible! And thanks to everyone who came out to the press conference, the volunteers who did outreach leading up to the bike lane’s implementation, and the Downtown businesses and residents who supported turning Spring Street into a neighborhood street!
Last Wednesday, the LA County Planning Commission heard a presentation from the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) present on the draft LA County Bicycle Master Plan, which covers the many unincorporated communities of LA County.
While we feel the current draft plan has improved since the first draft and we acknowledge the complexities of planning bikeways for such a large and geographically diverse area, we feel there are still some improvements to the plan that need to be made. You can view some of our concerns on the LACBC blog, read coverage of the meeting on Supervisor Yaroslavsky's blog, or view our tweets of the meeting here.
So we are pleased that the LA County Planning Commission has deferred making a decision to approve the Plan until January 11th, 2012. Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday's meeting or wrote letters demanding a better bike plan. We hope to work with LA County DPW and DRP between now and then to address some of the issues we think could easily be remedied.
This also means you have an opportunity to submit your comments on the various bikeways, policies, and programs in the Plan to the LA County Planning Commission and DPW. Submit your comments to: Rruiz@planning.lacounty.gov, AYUSUF@dpw.lacounty.gov and of course to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) - so we better represent your needs and concerns!
While arriving to our LACBC offices on Spring Street in Downtown LA this morning, some of us LACBC-ers had to grumpily swerve around all the messy dust and construction on our street. But then we realized something great: those are the future buffered bike lanes, the first bike lanes to truly pass through Downtown LA! That's not a horrible way to start the day.
Stay tuned for more updates, and learn more about the Spring & Main Bike Lane Campaign.
The City of Los Angeles has an opportunity to approve a new bridge for bicyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians that would connect Griffith Park and the LA River Bike Path on the west side of the LA River to north Atwater Village on the east side of the River. This project would be a huge benefit to bicyclists as well as pedestrians and equestrians. The bridge entrance would be from a residential neighborhood in north Atwater Village, thereby making access to the River Path and Griffith Park by bicycle easy and safe for cyclists of all abilities, including families with small children.
Read more about the project and how you can write a letter of support by visiting our blog.