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
On Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed the long-awaited Bicycle Parking Ordinance. This new law sets minimum standards and design guidelines for bike parking at all new developments in the City. It allows businesses to satisfy their bike parking requirements by sponsoring on-street bike corrals, which will dramatically increase the supply of bike parking in congested retail districts. We are especially excited about the bike-car parking swap that incentivizes developers to go above and beyond the minimum by allowing a reduction of one car parking space for every 4 bike parking spaces provided.
This important law is bike-friendly, business-friendly, and environmentally-friendly. A win-win-win! Congratulations to the Department of City Planning, LADOT, and advocate extraordinaire Rye Baerg for their hard work getting this new law passed. LA's new standards are among the best in the nation and we hope to see this model ordinance adopted countywide.
Last week, we reported on a proposal to issue $3 billion in bonds to pay for reconstruction of failed streets across the City. 8,700 lane-miles (31%) of streets are rated D or F for pavement condition. As we explain in our policy brief, bringing these failed streets up to a state of good repair saves money in the long run on both street and vehicle (and bicycle) maintenance. However, the initial proposal was to rebuild streets as they are, rather than as they could and should be. Sidewalks were only addressed if there was money left over from repairing the streets, which is neither efficient nor equitable in a city in which well over 20% of all trips are on foot.
LACBC and other organizations and advocates have been following this closely to ensure that any large-scale investment in our streets is multimodal and comprehensive. On Tuesday, the City Council voted not to put the proposed measure on the May 2013 ballot as initially planned and instead conduct extensive outreach with neighborhood councils and other stakeholders around the city.
It will be up to local advocates like you to attend these hearings in your communities to ensure that your voice is heard. We'll keep you informed as hearings are scheduled over the coming weeks and months. If you live in the City of LA, you can always join your local Neighborhood Bike Ambassador group to find out what's going on in your part of the city.
Local elections are coming in March, and are you wondering where you candidate stands on bike and pedestrian policy? How about the hit-and-run epidemic? Bike Plan implementation? Road maintenance?
While LACBC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and cannot endorse candidates, we can get candidates' views on bike planning and policy to better inform voters on where these candidates stand on issues that affect you..
Earlier this week, we sent out our candidate surveys to all of the mayoral candidates and all of the city council candidates. We'll post up responses on our blog beginning on January 31st for the mayoral candidates and beginning on February 7th for the council candidates. Stay tuned for updates from our candidates.
Additionally, we have partnered with Los Angeles Streetsblog, Occidental College's Urban & Environmental Policy Program, the Bus Riders Union, Los Angeles Walks, and Southern California Transit Advocates, to get the five leading mayoral candidates on film to answer questions posed by our partners and us. All five leading candidates--Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez--have committed.
Candidate Forums for CD 11 and CD 1
Last week, we co-hosted a Livable Streets Candidate Forum with Los Angeles Streetsblog, Los Angeles Walks, and Bikerowave. All four CD 11 candidates attended, and Los Angeles Streetsblog has one-one-one interviews with each of the candidates: Frederick Sutton, Tina Hess, Odysseus Bostick, and Mike Bonin. Update: LA Streetsblog now has video of the entire forum up.
Now, we move onto to a candidate forum for Council District 1! Following our Ride Figueroa event, we will be co-hosting a Livable Streets Candidate Forum for CD 1 with Los Angeles Streetsblog, Los Angeles Walks, and Occidental College's Environmental and Urban Policy Program. Council District 1, which is currently represented by Council Member Ed Reyes, includes the communities of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angeleno Heights, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, Mid-Cities, and MacArthur Park, among others.
So far, we have Jose A. Gardea and Jesse Rosas confirmed.
Livable Streets Candidate Forum for CD 1
When: Sunday, February 10; 1 PM
Where: Occidental College's Herrick Memorial Chapel Lower Herrick Room - 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, 90041
Thank you to all of those who donated to this campaign! Thanks to your support, we raised nearly $56,000!
Your generosity in donating to Activate, Educate, Calculate, will lead to a more robust Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program; expanded education program that includes Operation Firefly; and much-needed bike data through bike counts.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 7:30am - Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:00pm
Ring in the Lunar New Year by riding or running, and celebrate the Year of the Dragon! For the past few years, we've partnered with the excellent Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run by providing bike valet for the event. And this year, just like last year, for each registrant who indicates that they were referred to the event by LACBC, the Firecracker organizers will donate $7 to LACBC!
35th Annual Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run
When: Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24
Where: Los Angeles Chinatown
The bike rides on Saturday, February 11th, feature both an easy 20-mile ride and a more challenging (and more hilly) 30-mile ride. The runs on Sunday feature a 10K run and a 5K run/walk, plus a 1K kiddie run.
If you register, please remember to indicate that you heard about the ride through LACBC.