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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For the summer of 2013, LACBC and Metro are proud to offer a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There will be two different classes to choose from. "Street Cycling Skills" is an in-depth 8-hour course that will teach you how to safely ride in all traffic conditions, check your bike for common mechanical problems, and covers a range of bicycle handling skills including emergency maneuvers. "Bicycling on the Road: Need to Know" is a 3-hour class that covers the essentials of safe riding. All classes are led by certified instructors and include classroom instruction as well as instruction on the bike. All students will receive a free helmet, bike lights, and educational materials. Pre-registration is required for all classes.
Go to our Bicycle Safety Classes page for more details and to register for a class today! We will be adding more classes throughout the summer, so keep checking back for new dates and locations!
For more information on classes offered through the OTS Grant awarded to METRO, please visit http://www.metro.net/bikes/bikes-metro/upcoming-bike-metro-events.
Spring Street to Remain Green-ish
The beloved Spring Street green bike lane is set to receive a makeover. Wednesday's vote by the City Council scales back a project that was installed in late 2011 to much fanfare and acclaim by downtown residents, bicyclists, and livable streets advocates. Despite steadfast support from Councilmember Huizar and the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, film industry representatives were able to repeatedly delay the vote and force a compromise.
While the outcome is a step backward for the continued revitalization of Spring Street through downtown's Historic Core (the Spring Street Park opened just this week!), the new design is not all bad for bicycling Angelenos. The decision begins the next chapter of the City's green lane pilot program, which tested different designs and materials on Spring Street and on 1st Street in Boyle Heights. As a result, LADOT now has a much better idea how to install green lanes to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing their cost. The compromise design preserves much of the safety benefit of the full green treatment at a fraction of the cost since color is only used at the most important locations. In some ways, the final design on Spring takes the best of both existing pilot green lanes to create a hybrid approach. The savings from the Spring Street repainting will get poured back into bike infrastructure elsewhere in the city, including potentially new green lanes.
Please take a moment to thank Councilmember Huizar for being a champion of livable streets in the City of Los Angeles. From bike lanes to parklets to bike corrals, Huizar is leading the charge to reclaim our streets for people. You can email him at email@example.com.
Read more on the LACBC Blog.
Congratulations to the Team LACBC Climate Riders for biking 320 miles and raising over $30,000 for LACBC! Here are a few profiles of our riders:
Our first post features Lisa Liberati. She is an avid cyclist that has an interesting goal of riding 50 miles in 50 states on her 50th birthday! She is currently working really hard preparing for this ride on top of pushing towards her fundraising goal.
Our second post features Laurie Gelardi. Laurie has been with the LACBC for the past two years and hopes to accomplish more advocacy and raising more awareness for bicycle lanes from this ride. On top of this she is also riding with her partner, Kathy. Both are preparing hard for this and also working on their fundraising goals as well.
Our final post featured Michael Rippens, one of the winners of the Laemmle Theatres Contest. A longtime LACBC volunteer and member, we're excited to have Michael on our team. Read more about him on the LACBC blog!
Thank you to the whole LACBC Climate Ride Team: Ride on, Lisa Liberati, Laurie Gelardi, Kathy Gelardi, Marc Horwitz, Leonard Laub, Yvonne Ascher, John Cork, Michael Rippens, and team captain Greg Laemmle!
This past weekend's CicLAvia - To the Sea was a hit, smashing previous CicLAvia attendance records and previous CicLAvia records for smiles (and sunburns that were totally worth it). The Los Angeles Times estimates that over 150,000 people came out to bike, walk, run, rollerskate, and enjoy the 15-mile route that connected Downtown L.A. to Venice, but most are in agreement that the number was much, much higher.
Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, traffic officers, businesses, supporters, sponsors, and participants who made this ambitious route possible. Thanks to all who stopped by our booth at the Culver City Hub and/or visited our Rolling Advocacy Trailer along the route. You can check out some of our CicLAvia photos on the LACBC Facebook page. Plus, we also have photos of folks in front of Metro's "Every Lane Is a Bike Lane" banner.
Can't wait for the next CicLAvia? It's sooner than you think! The Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route is set for Sunday, June 23rd! In the meantime, we hope to see more folks riding regularly on the streets in the CicLAvia afterglow. Join LACBC to support safe biking every day. We'll see you on the streets!
As an educational tool to help ensure the safety of all people riding bicycles in LA County, we’re proud to announce the release of the LACBC “Bike Safe” Rules of the Road pocket guide (just in time for CicLAvia and Bike Month). Crash data shows that when there are collisions involving motor vehicles and people riding bikes, motor vehicle drivers are typically at fault 50% of the time and people riding bicycles are usually at fault the other 50%. Simply knowing the rules for bicyclists and then following those rules means that every person riding a bike can reduce the risk of a collision by 50%. We believe that’s valuable information to know and to keep on-hand.
The Bike Safe guide is designed as a simple reference tool. Key features include:
- Compact size that riders can carry in their pocket, wallet, saddle bag, etc.
- Summary of key California vehicle codes for bicyclists with vehicle code numbers that users can look up on the California DMV website.
- Bilingual with English on one side and Spanish on the other side.
Look for copies of the Bike Safe pocket guide in your membership packet and at events where LACBC is at. The online version includes PDFs that can be downloaded or printed, as well as the guide content with links directly to the California DMV website and an alphabetical list of LA County cities with their rules for sidewalk riding (the main rules that vary from city to city).
LACBC would like to thank Marcy Rye and Wire Media for designing the guide and Aaron Salinger for the Spanish translation. For the first edition print run, we thank Metro as well as Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP for their sponsorship. We welcome future sponsorship inquiries which can be directed to Colin Bogart, LACBC Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.