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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Thanks to the great work of eight “Team Firefly” volunteers and several LACBC staff members, the first light distribution of Operation Firefly was conducted on Wednesday November 7 on 7th Street at MacArthur Park. Team Firefly gave out roughly fifty sets of front and rear lights in less than two hours. Team Firefly gathered at sunset and lights were given only to bicyclists who were riding without them.
Volunteers installed the lights on recipients’ bikes, showed them how to remove the lights to prevent theft, and handed out spoke cards in English and Spanish with information and safety tips for night time riding. Each light recipient was also asked survey questions to help us understand more about people riding without lights and to document Operation Firefly’s accomplishments. We’ll be sharing this information in the future. More photos of the street distribution are on our Facebook page.
LACBC will be organizing more street distributions in the coming weeks and months. It all depends on our supply of lights. Stay tuned!
You can support Operation Firefly by making a donation or purchasing a set of lights. For every set of lights we sell, we can give away another set. Go here for details.
If you’d like to volunteer for Team Firefly, please contact the LACBC volunteer coordinator, Martin Lopez-Iu at email@example.com
We’re told by Alan Deane’s family that the driver who hit and killed Alan in September 2011 is to be sentenced on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. The Deputy Prosecutor’s office initially filed a vehicular manslaughter charge, but has since arranged a plea bargain with the driver which is expected to include a lesser charge of Reckless Driving. The penalties are expected to be community service and some sort of fine. The hearing to be held on November 13th is to confirm or modify the sentence.
We encourage anyone who can to attend the sentencing hearing to show support for Alan's family and to demonstrate with your presence that we care and want to see justice done.
The sentencing hearing will be at the following location and time:
When: Tuesday, November 13; 1:30 PM
Where: Los Angeles Superior Court - 300 East Walnut, Dept. N, Pasadena
Judge Steven Monette presiding.
Read more on the LACBC blog.
Inspired by the changing of the seasons and the end of Daylight Savings time, we are proud to announce the launch of “Operation Firefly,” a bicycle light distribution and safety education program in an effort to ensure Angelenos riding bicycles at night are seen by motorists and other users of the road.
LACBC’s “Team Firefly” volunteers will be handing out front and rear lights during night-time street distributions all over Los Angeles. Operation Firefly's first street distribution will take place during the week following the November 4th time change. “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,” said Education Director Colin Bogart. LACBC has invested in a few hundred light sets and intends to continue weekly street distributions until all the lights are gone. Read more about it on our blog.
LACBC Board member Ted Rogers (BikinginLA) is asking Mayor Villaraigosa to give the "Give Me 3" bill another chance by including it in his legislative agenda for the upcoming session. LACBC couldn't agree more. We all know what it's like when motorists don't keep their distance. Let's try one more time to make safe passing the law of the land. Who knows, maybe the 3rd time really is a charm?
Subject: Give "Give Me 3" a 3rd Shot
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,
Thank you for your support for a 3-foot passing law each of the past two years. Your office has done more to advance bicycling in Los Angeles than any previous administration. Moreover, you have been a powerful voice in Sacramento for making bicycling safer throughout California. I'm asking you to give "Give me 3" one more go. As more of us are taking to the streets, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure their safety. A safe passing law will help educate motorists how to pass us safely, and help hold them accountable if they don't.
Please show your leadership once again by pushing new legislation in the next session.
Today it was announced that the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Los Angeles Bronze-level distinction as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Last year, Los Angeles was awarded an honorable mention from the League.
This morning, the League and the City of Los Angeles held a press conference in MacArthur Park to celebrate the progress that has been made in Los Angeles over the years.
LACBC is proud of the City's accomplishments so far, but we're far from done. New bike projects are on their way, for the first time creating a connected citywide network of bikeways like we have started to see in downtown. This award is well deserved, but we must now take it to the next level using all "Five E's" outlined in the Bicycle Plan: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation. We thank the League of American Bicyclists for honoring the City's hard work and hope they'll be back in future years with another color of metal.