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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.