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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February 28, 2013 News 0 Comments

We all know that making walking and biking safe and attractive options in Los Angeles County will require serious investment from our transportation agencies to build out bicycle and pedestrian plans in the county's 88 cities and unincorporated communities. Walking and biking comprise 19% of all trips in LA County, yet only receive 1% of all transportation funding. We're excited to announce that LACBC and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have begun a major policy initiative to increase dedicated funding for walking and biking and ensure that the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists are considered in every Metro-funded transportation project. And what better way to launch a campaign than with an early win?

The Metro board today passed a motion that takes a big step forward on these two policy objectives by directing staff to report back on funding recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle projects in this year's Call for Projects cycle. Almost half of all applications from cities were for walking, biking, and streetscape projects. We think that these projects should get funding proportional to this interest from local jurisdictions, rather than only the 15 to 23% they've historically received. The motion also directs staff to analyze a variety of actions that could result in the creation of a complete streets policy for all Metro-funded projects. Is this a motion that only a policy wonk could love? Maybe, but it plants a seed in fertile soil on these issues. You can read the language for yourself by looking at the motion.

In March, the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, March 27  at 2 PM, with leaders from the business, labor, education, health, and environmental communities to discuss the next steps to improve the built environment for those walking and biking. To find out more and RSVP, check out the Safe Routes California blog.

February 21, 2013 News 0 Comments

With the March 5th local elections approaching, you may be wondering where your Los Angeles City Council candidates stand on bike and pedestrian policy.

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.

Below is your list of leading Los Angeles council candidates. You'll find links to surveys from candidates that have filled out their candidates in the order they were received, followed by the other candidates that have not submitted a survey, listed in alphabetical order.

Council District 1

Jose A. Gardea
Jesse Rosas
Not yet submitted: Gil Cedillo

Council District 3
Cary Iaccino
Not yet submitted: Elizabeth Badger, Bob Blumenfield, Joyce J. Pearson, Steven E. Presberg, Scott Silverstein
 
Council District 5
Paul Koretz (incumbent)
Not yet submitted: Mark Matthew Herd

Council District 7
Krystee Clark
Not yet submitted: Jesse David Barron, Nicole Chase, Felipe Fuentes

Council District 9
Terry Hara
Ana Cubas
Not yet submitted: Manuel Aldanna, Mike Davis, Ron Gochez, Curren D. Price Jr., David Roberts

Council District 11
Mike Bonin
Odysseus Bostick

Not yet submitted: Tina Hess, Fred Sutton

Council District 13
Michael Schaefer
Josh Post
Mitch O'Farrell
Alex De Ocampo
Robert Haraldson
Not yet submitted: John J. Choi, Sam Kbushyan, Emile Mack, Robert Negrete, Octavio Pescador, Jose Sigala

Council District 15
Not yet submitted: Jose Buscaino (incumbent), James T. Law

February 6, 2013 News 0 Comments

With the March 5th local elections approaching, and are you wondering where your Los Angeles mayoral candidates stand 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.

Click on the names below to read the mayoral candidates' responses. They have been posted in the order in that they were received.

  1. Wendy Greuel
  2. Emanuel Pleitez
  3. Jan Perry
  4. Eric Garcetti
  5. Kevin James
January 20, 2013 News 0 Comments

How can you enjoy an incredible 5-day bicycle ride in Northern California or on the East Coast while supporting LACBC? Climate Ride - the nation's largest environmental cycling event and 'green conference on wheels' is coming.

The exciting part for LACBC is that anyone who signs up for the ride gets to choose which organization they will be raising money for - and you can choose LACBC!

First you register, reach the fundraising minimum and train for the ride, then come along and discover why Climate Ride is the premiere green event in the country. Amazing riding, epic scenery, and great speakers all combine to make this a remarkable experience.

Climate Ride California (May 19-23, 2013) is a 5-day, fully-supported bicycle ride from Fortuna to San Francisco under towering redwoods, through the Russian River Wine Country, and along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route - one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. Join the LACBC Team or make a general team donation.

Climate Ride NYC-DC (Sept. 21-25, 2013) is a grand cycling adventure that connects two of the nation's most important cities - New York and Washington, DC - by bicycle. The ride begins with an exciting departure from Manhattan by ferry, then travels through charming towns in rural New Jersey and Amish Country. The finale is a hero's welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol. Climate Ride also features nightly speakers who focus on bicycle advocacy, sustainability, and renewable energy. If you are interested in forming and joining the NYC-DC team, please contact Kelly Martin at kelly@la-bike.org

Find out more and register at www.climateride.org. If you have questions about joining the LACBC team or donating to the team, please contact Kelly Martin at kelly@la-bike.org

January 18, 2013 News 0 Comments

Last week, the organizers for CicLAvia, LA's best party that opens up the streets to people, announced that 2013 would see 3 CicLAvias, each with a different route. Mark your calendars for:

  • Sunday, April 21: CicLAvia to Venice Beach
  • Sunday, June 23: Fairfax/Wilshire CicLAvia
  • Sunday, October 6: Extended Classic CicLAvia

While each route has yet to be finalized, it is exciting to see to see CicLAvia heading to new places and adding an additional CicLAvia this year in June. Read more about each CicLAvia on Los Angeles Streetsblog.

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