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.

 

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January 8, 2015 News 0 Comments

After years of outreach, stakeholder education, meetings, rides and rallies, we are delighted to report that Councilman Gil Cedillo is seriously considering project options that will create a safe and inclusive North Figueroa that include bike lanes. Focusing on the historic core of Highland Park from Avenue 55 to Avenue 60, Cedillo’s staff worked with LADOT to produce a series of options that include essential safety elements, such as a road diet, better sidewalks and crosswalks, transit enhancements, and physically protected or buffered bike lanes. These options will be presented for community review in the coming weeks. We call on Northeast LA advocates to participate in this process with positivity and respect to foster community dialogue about the importance of making Figueroa safe for all. Although only five blocks, this project opens the door to safety improvements along the whole Figueroa corridor that are consistent with local advocates’ longstanding vision of a Figueroa that respects all travelers--people driving, taking transit, biking and, most importantly, walking.

If you would like to get more involved in the campaign and discuss strategies, we urge your participation at our next Northeast LA Bike Ambassador meeting on Wednesday, February 4, at 6 p.m.  Please email alek@la-bike.org expressing interest, and we’ll let you know when a venue is secured.

January 7, 2015 News 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Mark ElliotOn Tuesday afternoon, the Beverly Hills City Council continued its discussion of the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project, including whether the rebuilt boulevard would accommodate bike lanes. Since the December meeting, LACBC worked with Better Bike Beverly Hills and a committee of local advocates to develop a compromise solution, dubbed the Beverly Hills Greenway, that creatively adds bike lanes with no net loss of landscaped area. Grassroots organizers collected over 400 signatures in less than two weeks and turned out over 30 speakers at Tuesday’s council meeting to support the greenway--and the council listened. Mayor Lili Bosse summed up the council’s sentiment by calling the new proposal “fair and balanced” and saying, “We can get there.” While the council stopped short of approving the bike lanes, they directed staff to analyze the Beverly Hills Greenway proposal and expressed their intent to resolve outstanding issues at a future date. We are cautiously optimistic that the reconstructed Santa Monica Boulevard will include bike lanes.

January 5, 2015 News 0 Comments

Attention all Metro Bike Locker Renters! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will be transferring the administration of the locker program back to Metro, effective January 31, 2015. We are in a transition period now through the end of January 2015. The locker hotline, (213) 922-2660, will remain active.

For details, read an updated letter (January 5, 2015) from Metro and LACBC here.

December 31, 2014 News 0 Comments

Like any year, 2014 had its ups and downs, but LACBC continues to make steady progress toward a more bike-friendly region. At the beginning of the year, we asked you to sign on to our goals of bringing protected bike lanes to Los Angeles, appointing a bike-friendly LADOT General Manager, staffing up LADOT's bikeways and pedestrian groups, and increasing funding for walking and biking throughout Los Angeles County. Now as 2014 comes to a close, we are proud to say we delivered. This year, we secured the approval of Los Angeles's first protected bike lanes and commitments to traffic safety and greater funding. We laid the groundwork for a citywide network of next generation bikeways and welcomed a new leader at LADOT. Through it all, we hosted yet another record-setting River Ride, made a splash riding to the Emmys, and doubled the impact of Operation Firefly. Here are the headlines that made 2014 one to remember:

February: City Announces 180-mile Network of Family Friendly Bikeways. Los Angeles is in the midst of updating its transportation plan for the first time since the 1990's, and a citywide network of protected bike lanes is a key component. The City spent most of 2014 gathering feedback on the plan, which is scheduled to go to City Council in the spring of 2015.

March: Groundswell of Support Saves "My Figueroa" Protected Bike Lane. From January through April, we kept you up to date on the much-anticipated My Figueroa project, which will include Los Angeles's first protected bike lane. The project was saved at a March City Council committee meeting where over 60 pedestrian, bicycle and transit advocates from across the city showed up in support. Thanks to the diligent work of Councilmember Curren Price, Councilmember Jose Huizar and Mayor Eric Garcetti, the final appeal against the project was dropped one month later.

May: Bike Count Report Shows Bicycling on the Rise in L.A. Just in time for Bike Week, LACBC released the results of our 2013 bike count, conducted in partnership with Los Angeles Walks. The report found that bicycling is increasing overall, but primarily where the City is installing new bikeways. If you build it, they will come! Also in May, Councilmember Mike Bonin successfully authorized three new bike & ped coordinator positions at LADOT in the City budget.

Also Team LACBC Repeats as Top Climate Ride Fundraising Team. Our 14 team members rode through wine country and raised more than $74,000 for LACBC and environmental organizations! We'll be at it again in 2015.

June: Mayor Garcetti Appoints Bike/Ped-Friendly Seleta Reynolds to Lead LADOT. Livable streets advocates rejoiced at Mayor Garcetti's choice for LADOT General Manager. Seleta Reynolds came to L.A. with a strong track record implementing safety improvements in San Francisco, including innovative bikeway designs and safe routes to school projects. Reynolds started work in August after a smooth confirmation process.

Plus, 14th Annual L.A. River Ride Attracts 2,000+ Participants for 10 Rides.

July: Metro to Create Active Transportation Finance Strategy. In July, LACBC's normally behind-the-scenes policy work yielded a great step forward when the Metro Board of Directors endorsed our call for a countywide Active Transportation Finance Strategy to better understand the need for greater investment in walking and biking, which make up 19% of all trips, 39% of all roadway fatalities, yet receive less than 1% of transportation funding. For over two years, LACBC has worked side-by-side with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to fix this funding disparity.

August: LACBC Bikes to the Emmys with Mad Men Writer-Producer and Nominee. People thought we were a bunch of mad men and women, but we joined Mad Men writer-producer, Emmy nominee, and LACBC member Tom Smuts on a little bike ride from his home in Santa Monica to Downtown L.A. for the Primetime Emmys. 

September: LADOT Adopts "Vision Zero" to End Traffic Deaths by 2025. LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds released a revolutionary strategic plan for the department after only weeks on the job. While Vision Zero rightfully grabbed the headlines, the plan also dives deep into reforming the department to better achieve its mission, including often overlooked priorities like project management and staff morale, laying a roadmap for Reynolds's tenure at LADOT.

October: Metro Adopts Countywide Complete Streets Policy. Alongside the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, LACBC achieved a long held goal of a Complete Streets Policy for Los Angeles County's primary transportation agency. As the main funder of all transportation projects--including highways, transit, streets and bike paths--a well-written policy will affect projects throughout the county and its 89 local jurisdictions. LACBC will spend much of 2015 working to ensure this landmark policy is implemented.

November: New Season of Operation Firefly Launches with Goal of Doubling Number of People Served. With a new season sponsor in the Laemmle Charitable Foundation, our goal is to double the number of people we distribute bike lights to--from 1,000 last season to 2,000 this season. You can us reach our goal by volunteering or making a donation.

December: LACBC Hires Tamika Butler as New Executive Director. As we reported last week, LACBC is proud to introduce Tamika Butler to our members and supporters. Tamika has already hit the ground rolling, starting her first day with a tour of Downtown L.A.'s many bike lanes. We know that Tamika will accomplish great things in 2015 and beyond. Please help celebrate Tamika's arrival and commemorate Jen Klausner's seven years of service with an end-of-year donation. We have a goal of raising $50,000 to start the new year strong. Will you donate today?

2015: Our New Year's resolution is to continue our work to make Los Angeles County a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike. Stay tuned in January for updates on our campaigns for a safe North Figueroa, a complete Santa Monica Boulevard and a visionary Hyperion Bridge--all of which need your support. Now is a great time to renew your membership or donate to our end-of-year campaign so that we can come back in 2015 stronger than ever. See you in the New Year!

December 18, 2014 News 0 Comments

After an extensive national search, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Tamika Butler to lead LACBC into the next phase of continued growth as we further our mission to make the Los Angeles region a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike.

“I'm really proud of the process and results of the search and couldn’t be more excited about Tamika as our next Executive Director,” says LACBC Board President Steve Boyd. “Tamika is the ideal leader to write LACBC’s next chapter.”

Tamika brings to LACBC a proven track record of sustainably expanding and running programs and organizations, as well as a policy and advocacy background. She spent three years as an employment lawyer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and most recently comes from Liberty Hill Foundation, where she was the Director of Social Change Strategies. She first made her mark in Los Angeles as the California Director at the startup policy and advocacy organization Young Invincibles, where she managed the west coast regional staff, was the media and policy spokesperson, organized and led coalitions, developed curriculum and trainings, and fundraised to expand the organization’s presence on the west coast. She also developed relationships with community leaders and state and local lawmakers to advance the organization’s policy goals.

"I am thrilled to have the privilege to become the next Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and look forward to continuing the success, growth and cutting edge work of the organization. Biking in Los Angeles County has personally changed my life and deepens my love of the region every time I go for a ride. We're lucky to live and bike in a county full of diverse communities that motivate this talented staff and me to push towards building a healthier, more vibrant Los Angeles County. I am excited to start pedaling, dig deep, and get to work with our members and partners, within and across sectors, as we race to the front lines of the nationwide movement to create bikeable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods." One of Tamika’s top priorities is to grow the diversity of LACBC staff and coalition membership.

When Jen Klausner started as Executive Director in 2007, there was only one other employee at headquarters and it was a real struggle to keep doors open. Jen and the organization faced an uphill battle at City Hall to pass the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan and get pavement striped with room for bikes. Seven years later, under her leadership, there are now twelve employees working on your behalf with a LOT of successes! Our growing roster of twelve local chapters will extend that reach even further as we strive to more fully represent the diversity of those who bicycle and want to bicycle in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Tamika brings deep experience in social justice work and looks forward to working with the full range of communities across the county. We couldn’t be more excited.

Jen says, “Our new Executive Director Tamika Butler brings a fresh perspective to the leadership of LACBC, and one that is so relevant to the growth of the bike-ped movement and to important dialogues happening here and in cities across the nation. I am confident in Tamika's ability to take LACBC to the next level, and I, for one, will be staying tuned and keeping my membership current, because this organization is poised to do great things in the coming years. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Tamika!”

Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, agrees that Tamika will make a great Executive Director: "Tamika is a dynamic, innovative leader who will be a huge asset to the LACBC team. She brought Young Invincibles to new heights and I know that she'll do the same in her new role!"

We look forward to introducing Tamika to our members, partners and supporters at the first available opportunity in January. Look for announcements of those opportunities in our weekly newsletter, on the website, and through Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget—as part of our end of year campaign, any donation at the $250 level and above will get you an invitation to our January 22nd Donor Thank You Party—an intimate gathering with our brand new Executive Director, Tamika Butler, in attendance. Hope to see you there!

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