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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You're invited to join Team LACBC on Climate Ride California! We are once again a beneficiary and you can join the brand-new epic 4-day pedaling adventure in Northern California through wine country.
Right now, we're recruiting members for our new Team LACBC on the California ride. You can be part of the fun and raise funds for LACBC at the same time! Team LACBC was the top team in last year's California ride. Let's bring the trophy (OK, pint glasses) back home this year!
Climate Ride California (May 17-20, 2014) is a 4-day, fully-supported cycling adventure that begins in San Francisco, heads north up the coast and through Wine Country to California's Capitol in Sacramento.
Climate Ride Bike Talk Podcast Now Up
Also, listen in to a recent podcast of Bike Talk at BikeTalk.com, where we talked about Climate Ride and our team!
Laemmle Theatres' Ride with Greg Laemmle Contest Contest Winner Announced
Last month, Laemmle Theatres held a Ride with Greg Laemmle contest for the second year in a row, and we are pleased to announce the winners who will be joining Team LACBC on Climate Ride this May! And the winners are:
Grand Prize: David Rindlaub
David wins an unlimited Laemmle movie pass for one year, free registration for Climate Ride, and a $2500 contribution toward his Climate Ride fundraising goal.
Second Prize: Eddie Beres and Dalila Mendez
Eddie and Dalila each win an unlimited Laemmle movie pass for one year, free registration for Climate Ride, and a $1250 contribution toward their Climate Ride fundraising goal.
Third Prize: Aaron Ratcliff and Alan Bair
Aaron and Alan each win an unlimited Laemmle movie pass for one year, and free registration for Climate Ride.
Congratulations to these five new team members!
Success! On January 14th, the City of Los Angeles submitted its application for Round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation’s leading bikeway design experts, one of our key asks in the cycletracks petition! Winners will be announced in March 2014.
Thanks to all of you who signed the petition in support of cycletracks in Los Angeles and helped to spread the word! This is a very positive step for the City of L.A. in truly bringing cycletracks to L.A. The Mayor's Office has also lent critical support in the state legislature to the the California Bicycle Coalition's design reform bill to legalize cycletracks, and and the City last month installed bollards along the buffered bike lanes through the 2nd Street tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles.
LACBC submitted our own letter of support to the Green Lane Project, reiterating our campaign goals for making L.A. a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike:
- Adopt an "8 to 80" design standard for the Mobility Element's Bicycle-Enhanced Network (BEN) and 2010 Bicycle Plan's Neighborhood Network,
- Appoint a new LADOT General Manager who is committed to innovative street design,
- Accelerate implementation of cycletracks by incorporating the BEN into the Mayor's Great Streets Initiative,
- Install L.A.'s first cycletracks on Figueroa in 2014,
- Apply for round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation's leading bikeway design experts,
- Ensure adequate staffing of the bikeways and pedestrian groups at LADOT to satisfy pent-up demand for these improvements across the city, and
- Work with Metro to increase investments in next generation bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure across Los Angeles County, concentrated around transit stations and schools.
LACBC is committed to continuing our partnership with the City of Los Angeles to build support for bicycle projects that serve L.A.'s diverse neighborhoods. We commit to to working with community-based organizations to promote bicycling and its many health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits, particularly in underserved communities. As a countywide organization, LACBC also commits to sharing knowledge with our local chapters and cities throughout the County so that the benefits of this work are not confined by city boundaries.
Help MyFigueroa Stay on Track with Cycletracks!
My Figueroa is a complete streets project which transforms an auto-dominated corridor and balances it with transit, bike and pedestrian features. It is the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets. If this project is successful, we could see streets all across Los Angeles transformed to better meet the needs of all who travel on them.
Figueroa is particularly important because it connects so many of LA's great institutions: Expo Park, the Coliseum, the California Science Center, USC, Staples Center & LA Live and all of downtown Los Angeles. These destinations are spread over three miles of currently inhospitable streets. They are too far apart to walk, but perfect for riding a bike. The new Expo Light Rail Line has made getting around by transit so much easier along this corridor, but the last-mile connections would be incomplete without the My Figueroa project.
Almost all other major cities in the U.S. have successfully implemented protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares, giving people mobility options and improving local business with every project. We know that it will work here in LA too, and we're incredibly excited that South LA will be the first community to benefit from this investment in advanced bicycle infrastructure.
We need you! If you want to see better bikeways and complete streets in your community, we need to make sure that the first Great Street in Los Angeles is a success. Please join us:
When: Tuesday, January 28; 2:30 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 350 - 200 N. Spring St., 90012
You can also email committee members at these addresses:
To: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org, Councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org, Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org
After a year working with community-based organizations, agency staff, elected officials and business leaders, LACBC and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership kicked off a countywide conversation yesterday on how a Metro Complete Streets Policy can support walking and biking throughout Los Angeles County.
Complete Streets, in short, are streets that are for everyone. Whether folks are walking, biking, driving, or using public transportation, complete streets are planned and maintained for all users of the road.
Local organizations, Metro staff, Metro board members, elected officials, and other key players attended yesterday's meeting. By the end of the conference, nearly everyone who was in attendance agreed that L.A. County needs a strong Complete Streets policy.
Los Angeles County has lagged behind others counties over the years in adopting a Complete Streets Policy in accordance with the Complete Streets Act of 2008. At the Metro Board Meeting this June, Metro will finally pass a Complete Streets policy in accordance with state law. It is significant that Metro is now taking on a leadership role with Complete Streets policy and will be helping cities adopt this policy.
So what will this all mean? Newly designed or retrofitted roadways will have to accommodate all road users. These streets should have wide sidewalks, marked pedestrian crossings, appropriate speed limits, and, yes, bike infrastructure to support anyone using the street, not just motorists.
Mayoral appointee Jackie Dupont-Walker told Streetsblog after the meeting, "It appears we do have significant cities in the county which don't have Complete Streets policies. We need to find ways to encourage those communities to come up with Complete Streets policies very quickly. We want policies that don't just penalize those that don't comply, but ones that provide incentives for those that do."
Check out the video below on Complete Streets!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
After last night's meeting, an additional meeting of the Blue Ribbon Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 at 6 p.m. in the same room (Municipal Gallery, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills City Hall).
When: Wednesday, January 22; 6 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills City Hall, Municipal Gallery, 2nd Floor - 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
There will not be public comment at this meeting, so any comments must be submitted in advance through the website or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee will make a recommendation on whether to widen Santa Monica Boulevard by an additional 3 to 6 feet and, if yes, whether to stripe a bike lane.
More information about the process and Better Bike notes from the first three meetings can be found here.
LACBC is proud to be re-launching Operation Firefly for the 2013-2014 winter season! We will begin the program after the time change in November and will continue until the time change in March.
Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night. In California, front white lights with side, back, and pedal reflectors are required by law at night (CVC21201). More importantly, riding without lights and reflectors is dangerous. Our goal is to seek out people riding without lights for various reasons, especially riders who may not have the means or time to acquire lights on their own.
We need your help. If you'd like to volunteer for Operation Firefly, please contact Marisa Spinella at email@example.com or 213 629-2142. To make a DONATION and for more information, please visit: http://la-bike.org/OperationFirefly.