Founded in 1998, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to make our local communities fun, safe, and healthy places to ride a bike.
News and Events
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:15pm
Update! - July 24, 2014
Metro Moves to Develop Long-Term Walk/Bike Funding Strategy, Makes Down Payment from ExpressLanes Revenue
This morning, the Metro Board of Directors voted to develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy in response to concerns from LACBC, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and others that the Short Range Transportation Plan under-invests in walking and biking. In a separate but related action, Metro also approved $8.9 million in grants for walking and biking projects funded by the Metro ExpressLanes net toll revenues from the I-110 and I-10 freeways, including bikeshare in Downtown L.A., a bike hub at Union Station, an extension of the Dominguez Channel bike path to connect to the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and--our favorite--LACBC's pilot Active Streets project along Budlong Avenue in South L.A.
Last week, about 60 people from partner organizations, LACBC chapters and individual supporters came out for a Wednesday afternoon Metro committee meeting to support increased funding for walking and biking. This strong showing made an impression on the Metro board as they begin to consider what a future transportation sales tax measure might include. Today's motion lays out a path forward for the agency to set performance goals for active transportation and identify how much investment it would take to make Los Angeles County truly walkable and bikeable for people of all ages and abilities. We greatly appreciate Director Mike Bonin's leadership and the support from his colleagues on the board.
LACBC takes seriously our duty to defend bicyclists' rights to the road. Today, we called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to stop improperly ticketing bicyclists who are legally controlling the lane and establish a Bicycle Task Force responsible for improving deputy training. Read our letter below. If you have been improperly pulled over and/or cited for CVC 21202, please get in touch with planning & policy director Eric Bruins at email@example.com.
Today Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced new legislation that would establish a "Yellow Alert" for hit-and-run collisions resulting in death or serious bodily injury, allowing law enforcement to get vehicle and suspect descriptions to the public through existing emergency alert systems used for child abductions and missing seniors.
To get this bill through the legislature this year, Assemblymember Gatto did a "gut-and-amend" of one of his bills that was already in the State Senate. That means that there is no room for error--this bill must pass every committee on its first try. First up is the Senate Public Safety Committee, likely the hardest step other than getting Governor Jerry Brown's signature. We need your help to make this happen.
1) Send an email to the Senate Public Safety Committee at: SCOPS@sen.ca.gov
Have you or someone you know been the victim of a hit-and-run? Tell your story!
Dear Senator Hancock,
Hit-and-runs are an ongoing epidemic plaguing our streets and preventing people from feeling safe while walking and biking. I strongly support AB 47 (Gatto) to create a "Yellow Alert" to notify the public when a hit-and-run resulting in death or serious bodily injury has occurred, so that we can help catch perpetrators before they have a chance to cover up their crime. Often, eyewitnesses to hit-and-runs are able to provide significant information about the make, model, and license plate number of the fleeing vehicle. Unfortunately, by the time this information reaches the public, the vehicle may already be at a body shop to be repaired and repainted or hidden away in a garage or yard. The result is that nationwide, less than half of all hit-and-run offenders are apprehended, and in Los Angeles, the arrest rate for fatal hit-and-runs is only 20%.
The “Yellow Alert” system is a simple yet effective solution that would allow descriptive information about a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run to reach the public in a timely and effective manner, increasing the chances that these individuals, who demonstrate reckless disregard for human life, will be identified and brought to justice. Since implementing a similar alert system in 2012, authorities in Denver, Colorado have seen their hit-and-run arrest rate climb to 76%. Colorado’s alert system was recently expanded to be a statewide program. California hit-and-run victims deserve the same odds of getting justice. Please support AB 47.
2) Sign and share our hit-and-run petition! If you haven't already , please sign our petition. Spreading the word about the problem of hit-and-run helps build support for solving it. Please share this link: http://lacbc.nationbuilder.com/hitandrun
3) Support this campaign! Passing this bill through the legislature and getting the governor's signature is going to take a lot of work through August and we simply can't do it without your support. Can you pitch in with $25, $50 or $100 today to support this campaign? Donations of $35 or more includeLACBC membership. http://la-bike.org/donate
On Tuesday, Team LACBC completed Climate Ride California, a 4-day cycling adventure through win country from San Francisco to California's Capitol in Sacramento! The team had stops in Petaluma, Calistoga, and Napa.
Our team performed tremendously, not only by biking 50-80 miles a day, but by raising over $70,000 dollars for LACBC and climate change organizations. Thank you to the entire team: Team Captain Greg Laemmle, Alex Amerri, Herbie Huff, Eric Bruins, Alek Bartosouf, Dalila Mendez, Marc Horwitz, Eddie Beres, David Rindlaub, Alan Bair, Parisa Mirzadehgan, Aaron Landon, Patrick Pascual, and Erik Mar!
And thank you to all of our donors and supporters that supported each of our team members.
The team ended in Sacramento on Tuesday, and some participated in California Advocacy Day yesterday. Planning & Policy Director Eric Bruins and Team LACBC member Aaron Landon met with Assemblymember Steven Bradford, author of last year's 3-foot passing bill that was passed.
Team LACBC by the Numbers (as of writing this):
- 74,026.10: Dollars raised by Team LACBC
- 16,646: Dollars raised by Greg Laemmle, a Climate Ride record for most money raised by an individual
- 250: Miles each participant rode on Climate Ride this year
- 14: Number of amazing team members on Team LACBC
- 5: Riders on our team that were Laemmle Theatre contest winners (David, Eddie, Dalila, Alan, and Aaron)
- 3: Dollars more that Eric Bruins raised than Alek Bartrosouf when they reached the finish line in Sacramento (at the finish line, Eric raised $5083 vs. Alek's $5080. .. though those numbers have gone up)
- 3: Number of Team LACBC members riding fixies (Marc, Erik, Parisa)
- 1: Number of Team LACBC member riding a folding bike (Greg rode his Tern the whole way!)
- 1: Place Team LACBC got in fundraising for Climate Ride California
- 0: Number of ties Alek packed with him for California Advocacy Day
Eric Vs. Alek
In the Eric Vs. Alek intra-office battle of LACBC planning department staff, Eric Bruins has been crowned King of the Mountain at LACBC Headquarters for raising more money by the time Eric and Alek reached the finish line in Sacramento.
- Eric Bruins: $5383
- Alek Bartrosouf: $5200
Either way, Team LACBC is the indisputable winner. Thank you, Team LACBC!
LACBC is excited to release the Bicycle Findings & Recommendations from the 2013 L.A. Bicycle and Pedestrian Count that we conducted alongside Los Angeles Walks and several other community partners. This count was a massive undertaking, requiring over 400 volunteer shifts at 120 distinct locations throughout the city on multiple days in September 2013. In total, our volunteers counted nearly 18,000 bicyclists over six hours.
Overall, bicycle ridership is up 7.5 percent since 2011. But more importantly, where new bikeways were added, ridership is up over 100 percent! In other words, bike infrastructure works!
The count also found that:
- The busiest time for bicycling is the evening commute period, suggesting that most people are riding for transportation.
- People strongly prefer riding on dedicated facilities like bike paths and bike lanes over streets with no bicycle facilities.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 bicyclists is female, and female ridership is highest on bike paths and bike lanes, suggesting that the lack of safe and comfortable facilities is causing a gender disparity among bicyclists.
- Bike lanes improve bicyclist behavior, cutting sidewalk riding in half compared to streets without and reducing wrong-way riding as well.
- This report shows that as ridership continues to grow in Los Angeles, not everyone feels safe riding without better bicycle facilities.
Download and read the full report for an in-depth look at these key findings and recommendations.
Thank you to our partners: Los Angeles Walks, TRUST South L.A., Community Health Councils, Advancement Project, Pacoima Beautiful, Bikerowave, Bike Oven, CM Mike Bonin's Office, and CM Bob Blumenfield's Office.
Thank you to our hundreds of volunteers who took time out of their days for our most ambitious count yet.
Thank you to our sponsors: Pocrass & de Los Reyes, Fehr & Peers, Stantec, Flying Pigeon, David Bohnett Foundation, and Roth Family Foundation.