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May 22, 2014 News 0 Comments

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!

May 12, 2014 News 0 Comments

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.

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April 28, 2014 News 0 Comments

LACBC is proud to announce an update of the Rules of the Road pocket guide we released early in 2013! The guide has been renamed "Bike Smart - California Rules of the Road" and the layout has been changed to fold better. LACBC members receive a copy in their membership packets when they sign up or renew.

We've printed 37,000 copies so far this year, thanks to sponsorship from Pocrass and De Los Reyes, CicLAvia, and Metro. The content is essentially the same California laws for bicyclists written in short, simple language in English and Spanish. Customized versions for different cities in L.A. County are available (we have a Glendale version in the works now). Additional language translations are also pending.

For more information about sponsorship and customized versions, contact LACBC Education Director Colin Bogart at colin@la-bike.org.

You can also read the Rules of the Road on the LACBC website.

April 14, 2014 News 0 Comments

We're gearing up for another important election on June 3rd, where we'll be voting for County Supervisors in the 1st and 3rd Districts and County Sheriffs.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and cannot endorse candidates or engage in electioneering on behalf of a candidate. We are offering questionnaires to both Supervisor candidates and Sheriff candidates as a service to candidates to communicate with potential voters where they stand on bike, pedestrian, and other transportation issues.

We have sent out candidate surveys to each candidate and will begin posting their responses on May 1st.

You can check out the questions we are posing to County Supervisor Candidates and County Sheriff Candidates on the LACBC blog.

Also, make sure that you are registered to vote! Learn more about voting at lavote.net.

January 15, 2014 News 0 Comments

Success! On January 14th, the City of Los Angeles submitted its application for Round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation’s leading bikeway design experts, one of our key asks in the cycletracks petition! Winners will be announced in March 2014.

Thanks to all of you who signed the petition in support of cycletracks in Los Angeles and helped to spread the word! This is a very positive step for the City of L.A. in truly bringing cycletracks to L.A. The Mayor's Office has also lent critical support in the state legislature to the the California Bicycle Coalition's design reform bill to legalize cycletracks, and and the City last month installed bollards along the buffered bike lanes through the 2nd Street tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles.

LACBC submitted our own letter of support to the Green Lane Project, reiterating our campaign goals for making L.A. a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike:

  • Adopt an "8 to 80" design standard for the Mobility Element's Bicycle-Enhanced Network (BEN) and 2010 Bicycle Plan's Neighborhood Network, 
  • Appoint a new LADOT General Manager who is committed to innovative street design, 
  • Accelerate implementation of cycletracks by incorporating the BEN into the Mayor's Great Streets Initiative, 
  • Install L.A.'s first cycletracks on Figueroa in 2014, 
  • Apply for round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation's leading bikeway design experts, 
  • Ensure adequate staffing of the bikeways and pedestrian groups at LADOT to satisfy pent-up demand for these improvements across the city, and 
  • Work with Metro to increase investments in next generation bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure across Los Angeles County, concentrated around transit stations and schools.

LACBC is committed to continuing our partnership with the City of Los Angeles to build support for bicycle projects that serve L.A.'s diverse neighborhoods. We commit to to working with community-based organizations to promote bicycling and its many health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits, particularly in underserved communities. As a countywide organization, LACBC also commits to sharing knowledge with our local chapters and cities throughout the County so that the benefits of this work are not confined by city boundaries.

Help MyFigueroa Stay on Track with Cycletracks!

My Figueroa is a complete streets project which transforms an auto-dominated corridor and balances it with transit, bike and pedestrian features. It is the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets. If this project is successful, we could see streets all across Los Angeles transformed to better meet the needs of all who travel on them.

Figueroa is particularly important because it connects so many of LA's great institutions: Expo Park, the Coliseum, the California Science Center, USC, Staples Center & LA Live and all of downtown Los Angeles. These destinations are spread over three miles of currently inhospitable streets. They are too far apart to walk, but perfect for riding a bike. The new Expo Light Rail Line has made getting around by transit so much easier along this corridor, but the last-mile connections would be incomplete without the My Figueroa project.

Almost all other major cities in the U.S. have successfully implemented protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares, giving people mobility options and improving local business with every project. We know that it will work here in LA too, and we're incredibly excited that South LA will be the first community to benefit from this investment in advanced bicycle infrastructure.

We need you! If you want to see better bikeways and complete streets in your community, we need to make sure that the first Great Street in Los Angeles is a success. Please join us:

PLUM Committee
When: Tuesday, January 28; 2:30 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 350 - 200 N. Spring St., 90012

You can also email committee members at these addresses:

To: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org, Councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org, Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org
CC: Councilmember.Price@lacity.org
BCC: alek@la-bike.org

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