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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January 9, 2014 News 0 Comments

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."

We'll keep you update on further developments. You can check out highlights by following the #LAC_CS hashtag on Twitter and reading up on this excellent summary on Los Angeles Streetsblog.

Check out the video below on Complete Streets!

 

Supporting Complete Streets in Los Angeles County from Safe Routes to School in CA on Vimeo.

January 3, 2014 Event 0 Comments

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 smblvd@beverlyhills.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.

November 19, 2013 News 0 Comments

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 marisa@la-bike.org or 213 629-2142. To make a DONATION and for more information, please visit: http://la-bike.org/OperationFirefly.

November 1, 2013 News 0 Comments

The LA Bureau of Engineering (BOE) and Caltrans are currently studying rehabilitating the Hyperion-Glendale complex of bridges over the 5 Freeway and LA River connecting Silver Lake to Atwater Village. Despite being designated for bike lanes in the 2010 Bicycle Plan, the proposed project does not include these planned lanes. Why?

What we discovered is plain old car-centric engineering from start to finish. Caltrans and BOE are designing Hyperion Ave. to freeway standards with a design speed of 55 miles per hour. Based on that design speed, they are pursuing a median crash barrier, banked turns, and supersized car lanes. Those decisions leave no room for bike lanes and just a narrow sidewalk on only one side of the street.  Simply designing the street to normal city street standards would leave enough room for everyone.

Your voice is needed to make Hyperion Ave. safe for all. This issue has received tremendous media attention, and we now have Glendale Councilmember Friedman and State Assemblymember Gatto on our side asking for a more complete-streets approach to the Hyperion Bridge rehab. 

Tell Caltrans and BOE that freeway speeds have no place on city streets and that walking and biking are just as important as moving traffic.

Here are some things you can do to get involved:

1. Send an email as outlined in the action alert below by Thursday, November 7th

2. Los Feliz residents and stakeholders: Instead of having you come to the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council's Transportation Committee (scheduled for Tuesday, November 5), we encourage you to come to the Los Feliz NC Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 19:

When: Tuesday, November 19; 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1965 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027
More info.

3. Silver Lake residents and stakeholders: The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Board will have a board meeting on Wednesday, November 6.

When: Wednesday, November 6; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Micheltorena Elementary Auditorium - 1511 Micheltorena St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
See Facebook event.
 

ACTION ALERT

To: tami.podesta@dot.ca.govtom.labonge@lacity.org, councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
bcc: info@la-bike.org
Subject: No Hyperion Freeway - Build a Safe Viaduct for All

Dear Ms. Podesta, Councilmember LaBonge, Councilmember O'Farrell, and Mayor Garcetti,

As someone who bikes or walks between Silver Lake and Atwater Village, it is absolutely critical that Hyperion Ave. be made safe for people like me. Everyone's needs can be met if the project is designed for appropriate speeds through an urban community. Specifically, I would like the project to include:

  •     Bike lanes on Hyperion Ave.
  •     Wider sidewalks and well-marked crosswalks with wayfinding signs
  •     Narrower traffic lanes to provide more space for bicyclists and pedestrians and discourage speeding
  •     No crash barrier and banked turns that will make people drive even faster
  •     A complete crosswalk on the Atwater end of the viaduct to let people access the sidewalk from both sides of Glendale Blvd. and give bicyclists an alternative through the dangerous merge

There is no reason for this project to not be consistent with the bike plan and Caltrans complete streets policy. The viaduct is currently the greatest barrier to safe bicycle access across the 5 Freeway and the LA River. This project can change that and make all travelers benefit.

Sincerely,

your name
your address

October 17, 2013 News 0 Comments

Bikeshare has been popular in several cities around the world including Chicago, where both residents and visitors began using Divvy Bikes this year.This week, bikeshare is back on the agenda for Los Angeles County. LACBC participated in a meeting at the Westside Cities Council of Governments on Tuesday hosted by Assemblymember Richard Bloom and will be supporting a motion at Metro today by Mayor Garcetti and Directors Yaroslavsky, Knabe, Bonin, and O’Connor to coordinate a countywide bikeshare program. Streetsblog covered these developments on Tuesday. For over a year, LACBC chapters Santa Monica Spoke and the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition have been advocating for bikeshare in their respective communities. As a result of their efforts, Santa Monica stands to lead on the issue with a grant in hand to fund the launch of a system, while entrepreneurs are still seeking to bring privately funded bikeshare to West Hollywood. In the meantime, bikeshare in the City of LA has all but floundered.

In an effort to coordinate local efforts, Metro will now prepare an industry review and business case analysis for bikeshare in L.A. County, potentially resulting in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a single countywide vendor. As local cities make progress and Metro decides whether to step into its natural role as a regional transportation agency, LACBC will continue to support whatever process results in a bikeshare system that serves L.A. County’s needs.

We believe any system should adhere to several principles that we've outlined on the LACBC blog.

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