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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It's more than a rumor: Just as LAPD officers seem to have finally learned to not park in the bike lane, LAPD has asked LADOT to remove the buffer on the 1st Street bike lane in front of LAPD's downtown headquarters so that their officers can park in front of the building.
Are these buffered bike lanes too good to last? LACBC doesn't think so. We think police officers can walk less than one block from their parking garage to LAPD HQ. Chief Charlie Beck has otherwise led the way on bike safety, including ensuring that every LAPD officer is trained in bicycle awareness. We want to know whether Chief Beck's words that that "bicyclists are particularly vulnerable and need our protection" and "protecting bicyclists is the law and the right thing to do" extend to providing a safe place to ride in front of LAPD HQ.
Please email or tweet Chief Beck (@LAPDChiefBeck) to ask him to keep the buffer on the 1st Street bike lane in front of LAPD HQ:
To: Chief Beck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CC: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa <email@example.com>
LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
LADOT General Manager Jaime de la Vega <email@example.com>
LAPD Bike Liaison Officer Jeff Kievit <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject Line: Protect Bicyclists and Preserve the 1st Street Buffered Bike Lane
Dear Chief Beck,
During Bike Week in May 2010, you said that "bicyclists are particularly vulnerable and need our protection." Since then, LADOT has installed a network of buffered bike lanes downtown to protect bicyclists from moving vehicles and opening doors from parked cars. Your spokesman erroneously stated that buffered bike lanes are only installed in unusual cases. Actually, they are one of the most advanced tools LADOT has deployed to make our streets safer for bicyclists and are one of the main reasons the City of Los Angeles was recognized as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Buffered bike lanes are preferred by all bicyclists, but are particularly important for inviting risk-averse people to also ride on our streets. LACBC bike counts showed that the proportion of women riding on Spring Street almost doubled after installing the buffered bike lane because it feels so much safer due to the separation from moving traffic.
I respectfully request that you honor your commitment to protecting bicyclists by withdrawing your request to remove the buffer from the 1st Street bike lane in front of LAPD headquarters. There is plenty of parking less than one block away in the LAPD garage, yet too few miles of buffered bike lanes downtown. Please keep the 1st street buffered bike lane so that people of all ages and abilities will feel comfortable riding downtown.
It's almost the holiday season and that means it's time to make room for your new bike! Bici Libre, a bike co-op project of LACBC, needs donated bikes! We will take any bike though it's helpful if the frame is in tact. We especially love road bikes! Your bikes can be a tax-deductible donation through LACBC. Stop by during our open hours to drop one off.
Come to Bici Libre!
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Time: 4-7 PM
Location: Bici Libre - located at 1205 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (map)
Team Firefly volunteers made our second street distribution a success on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Volunteers from our first distribution joined a new crew on Spring Street near 6th in downtown Los Angeles, just a block away from LACBC world headquarters. We’ve seen a lot more people riding on Spring Street since last year’s bike lane installation, so we decided it was a good location for round two of Operation Firefly. Within 90 minutes, Team Firefly had distributed lights and night-time safety information to 40 people who had been riding without lights. Everyone – volunteers and light recipients – had smiles on their faces when we were done for the evening. We’d like to thank all the Team Firefly volunteers who helped, with a special “thank you” to a group of students from the Crankheads Cycling Crew at Wilson High School, who rode together from Lincoln Heights to join us.
We’ve also been receiving donations and selling light sets in support of Operation Firefly. Thanks to all who have donated or bought lights. You can help Team Firefly continue to give out lights all winter by making a donation or purchasing a light set today. Click here for more details. Want to be a member of Team Firefly? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Martin Lopez-Iu to join.
We are disappointed to report that Sidharth Misra, the driver who killed Alan Deane as Alan was riding his bicycle on Colorado Blvd. in September 2011, was given a light sentence on November 13 in the Pasadena Superior Court. As we suspected before the hearing, the terms of the sentence were predetermined by a plea bargain deal in which Misra was convicted of Reckless Driving. Read more on our blog.
In August, LACBC issued an action alert warning that the Expo Bikeway was at serious risk. Since then, LACBC and the Expo Bicycle Advisory Committee have made considerable progress in improving the design at key crossing points to make for a safer and more continuous bikeway. There are outstanding issues at Pico/Gateway, Centinela, Westwood, and Northvale, but momentum is moving in the right direction. Your strong response to the action alert focused attention to these conflict areas:
- At Pico/Gateway, a curb extension will slow vehicles turning from Pico onto Exposition and shorten the crossing distance for path users.
- At Centinela, a realignment of the intersection is being considered to remove a conflict between the bikeway and a maintenance driveway.
- At Westwood, a potential bikeway realignment to the south side of the train tracks would reduce conflicts with pedestrians in the station plaza.
- Finally, a realignment of the bikeway along Northvale might both save money and improve safety for path users.
We are working hard to make sure these proposed design changes are made to the final bikeway design. Stay tuned!