“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. When riding at night in California, a white front light and reflectors are required by law (CVC21201). More importantly, riding without lights and reflectors is dangerous. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 69% of bicyclist fatalities in 2012 in the U.S. were in urban areas, and 48% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 4:00 pm and midnight (NHTSA “Traffic Safety Facts” April 2014 DOT HS 812 018). 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're proud to announce that the upcoming 2015-2016 season of Operation Firefly is once again sponsored by the Laemmle Charitable Foundation. The foundation benefits nonprofits agencies working to improve life in Los Angeles through addressing social and environmental issues critical to the region.
SPONSOR OPERATION FIREFLY!
Join the Laemmle Charitable Foundation in helping to make this next season of Operation Firefly bigger and better, so we can reach even more night-time bicycle riders. Read our sponsorship deck for how you, your business, or your community group can bring a bike light distribution to your community.
You can also support the program by purchasing a set of lights or 25! Please allow 1-2 weeks for bike light sets to ship.
VOLUNTEER FOR OPERATION FIREFLY!
Starting the first week of November and then continuing on weekly, we will have bike light distributions throughout the County, and we need volunteers!
Because we are raising the bar, we encourage you to enlist friends, families ,and other cyclists to sign up for updates on our general volunteer page, as events and times will be added weekly.
BUY A SET OF LIGHTS, GIVE A SET OF LIGHTS - $25
GIVE 25 LIGHT SETS - $250
MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO OPERATION FIREFLY - Any Amount
Make a general donation to the Operation Firefly program here:
HOW DOES OPERATION FIREFLY WORK?
LACBC organizes groups of volunteers to meet for “street distributions” at undisclosed locations throughout Los Angeles where night-time bicycle ridership is expected to be high. The volunteers stop people who are riding bikes without lights in order to give them front and rear lights along with an information “spoke card” that explains the law for riding at night as well as tips they should know for night-time safety. The spoke cards are printed in English and Spanish and our “Team Firefly” volunteers always include at least a few people who speak Spanish (as well as female members to encourage female riders to stop).
For the most recent season, we typically allocated 50-100 light sets for each street distribution, depending on expected bicyclist volume. Our goal was to hand out all the lights or continue for two hours, whichever came first. In many cases, we ran out of lights before we ran out of time.
Operation Firefly: Giving Out Lights for Ten Nights in Long Beach (Longbeachize, March 9, 2015)
Here's What You Don't Know About Bike Laws (KPCC Take Two, March 3, 2015)
Operation Firefly Lights Long Beach Bicycles (Gazette Newspapers, February 25, 2015)
Walk Bike Burbank Performs Operation Firefly (MyBurbank.com, February 23, 2015)
Operation Firefly Distributes 2000 Bike Lights in Los Angeles County (Video from Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Office, February 15, 2015)
Operation Firefly at Vermont and Santa Monica with LAPD Central Traffic Division (Video from LAPD Central Traffic Division, January 15, 2015)
Operation Firefly Distributes Free Lights to Bicycle Commuters in Long Beach (Long Beach Post, January 12, 2015)
Operation Firefly Interviews (Video from OwlDolly, November 14, 2014)
Cyclists Caught Without Night Lights Get a Gift and Good Advice (Daily News, November 6, 2014)