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.
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Thank you to Anthony Converse of local skate shop Santa Monica Airlines who recently sold his car in order to donate $7,000 to LACBC! The morning of the Flight VS Bike showdown during Carmageddon weekend, Anthony spontaneously pledged $100 to LACBC via Twitter (in his first Tweet ever) for every minute that the Wolfpack Hustle cyclists beat the JetBlue airline passengers. Well, the bikes beat the plane by 70 minutes for a bigger blowout than most expected.
Anthony then sold his car and later presented a $7,000-check to LACBC at a press event with the Wolfpack Hustle and the Flight VS Bike race organizers in front of Tang's donuts. He ordered a 4-foot check but somehow received a 4-inch check instead. That tiny check is a pretty big deal.
Thank you to Wolfpack Hustle's Team A an all the Flight VS Bike race organizers! Thanks again to Anthony Converse and SMA for this very generous and unexpected donation! And if you've been in the market for a skateboard, support a local shop that supports you and your ride in Santa Monica Airlines.
In an amazing show of support today for cyclists' rights, the entire City Council voted 12-0 to pass the first local anti-harassment ordinance in the nation. Now cyclists will be able to file civil suits and claim damages when they are hit, injured, harassed, and threatened by motorists! Hooray!
Read more on LADOT Bike Blog.
Congratulations to Wolfpack Hustle's Team A for besting airline/cab passengers on a JetBlue flight from Burbank to Long Beach this past Saturday! Dubbed "Flight vs. Bike," this challenge first gained momentum via the Twitterverse when JetBlue offered $4 flights from Burbank to Long Beach last week for Carmageddon weekend and Tom Vanderbilt wondered aloud if bicyclists could take on the plane. On Saturday morning, the challenge turned into a bike vs. transit vs. flight vs. surprise inline skater race that one could follow via the #flightVSbike hashtag or GPS tracking system on Streetsblog!
The airline passengers didn't really stand a chance with the bicyclists departing from a location in Burbank and taking the LA River bike path for most of the ride down to Long Beach. According to Bike Commute News, the cyclists arrived in 1 hour, 34 minutes. LACBC and Santa Monica Spoke Member Gary Kavanagh rode transit and walked for a close second (if he had taken a bike on rail with him, he may have won!) at 1 hour, 54 minutes. Inline skater Jenni Armstrong came out of nowhere for a surprise third at 2 hours, 34 minutes. The airline passengers, Joe Anthony and Ezra Horne, finished last with the check-in wait time and a taxi driver who couldn't locate the lighthouse finish line all adding up to their time of 2 hours, 52 minutes.
We would also like to thank local skateboard company Santa Monica Airlines for pledging to donate to LACBC for every minute the cyclists beat the plane. You all rock! Thanks to Wolfpack Hustle for winning us that donation. Thanks to all the organizers and people who covered this awesome event!
Several media outlets from around the world covered the race, and you can check out some great links on the BikingInLA blog. We suggest you check them out. And now we'll leave you with a few lessons learned from Flight vs. Bike:
- Bikes win. They won on Saturday. They win every day.
- Carmageddon should happen more often. Between Flight Vs. Bike and the Eat Real Fest, we had a lot of fun this weekend. We can't wait until the 405 closes again in 11 months!
- With all the Twitter/blog/Facebook planning and coverage, this showdown was essentially brought to you by the Interweb. Thank you, Interweb and the #bikeLA community!
- Of course we're going to brag about the bike victory, but let's give it up for mass transit and inline skating!
- It was fun following this all, and now let's get on our bikes and ride!
LACBC is thrilled to announce that Temple City is building separated bike lanes, aka “cycletracks”, on Rosemead Boulevard! These protected bike lanes — the second in LA County in addition to Long Beach — will run for two miles from Callita Street south to the train tracks near Grand Avenue. The cycletracks are part of Temple City’s larger plan to update Rosemead Boulevard by making it a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare.
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 10:30am - Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 9:00pm
Those of you with your ears to the ground and your feet on your pedals have no doubt heard and smirked at the notion of Carmegeddon. Well, it’s REALLY COMING! Yes, the closure of a few silly miles of the little ‘ole 405 Freeway is (for some) evidently a potential disaster of proportions biblical. Angelinos have been advised by trembling members of the press, elected officials, et al, to “Stay home or get out of town!” The less trembling have suggested to at least steer clear of the Westside.
However, we at LACBC cry phooey, as we know of something FUN FUN FUN that’s happening outdoors and on the Westside and we know you, you reading this blog are fearless, free, and a seeker of adventure…a BICYCLIST. That is why you will wish to join us on a FREE guided ride with LACBC to the Eat Real Festival at the Historic Helms Bakery District in Culver City. We’ll meet at 10:30 AM Saturday the 16th as well as Sunday the 17th (and ride promptly at 11AM) at the corner of Wilshire and Western, which is also the end of the Purple line. The demi-gods at Metro have made your Metro Purple, Red, and Orange Line rides, as well as select bus rides, free on Carmegeddon weekend.
Upon arrival at the festival, avenging angels (aka bike valets) from the Culver City Bicycle Coalition will park your bike and watch it while you indulge and imbibe wantonly! (Angels wanted…contact Martin Lopez-Iu at email@example.com. Angels receive free food, drink and t-shirts from Eat Real). There will be a raffle and other angels from Bikerowave will be on hand to do light repairs.
The Eat Real festival is a celebration of all things tasty, fresh and handmade with a focus on street food, local wines, handcrafted beers and traditional craft food – all featuring sustainable, local ingredients. Plus, no dish or drink costs more than $5.
EAT IT: You’ll find tacos inspired by flavors from around the world, curry, BBQ, hot dogs, ice cream, noodles, and a whole lot more of LA’s awesome curbside eats.
MAKE IT: Also at the festival, learn to make your own cheese and other awesome demos.
GROW IT: Yes you can become an urban-agrarian! Explore a DIY lifestyle with demos and activities filled with “ooohs, aaahs and ah-HA’s!”
Or just grab a taco and a beer and enjoy our full schedule of entertainment with bands, butchery contests, lit fest, and other tasty tidbits. Learn more about the Eat Real Festival at www.eatrealfest.com. July 16th & 17th. 10:30 AM to 9 PM. Helms Bakery District.