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July 1, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

There are three different classes being offered:

  • "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-A) - Session A
  • "Street Cycling Skills" (TS101-B) - Session B
  • "Basic Bicycling Skills"

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). These classes are for adults and youth who are at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian. Participants receive a free bicycle helmet and bike lights.

Classes are being offered in:

  • Claremont
  • Cudahy
  • Culver City
  • Downtown Los Angeles (Metro)
  • East Los Angeles
  • North Hills (San Fernando Valley)
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima
  • Reseda
  • Santa Monica

Check out the full schedule, and register at http://la-bike.org/bicyclesafetyclasses.

August 1, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day) - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (All day)

Support Mobility Plan 2035 for a Safer, More Sustainable Transportation Future for L.A.

This Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council will consider Mobility Plan 2035, the first comprehensive update to the city’s transportation policies since 1999. A lot has changed since the 1990s: we now have regular CicLAvias, everyday bike ridership has spiked, and the voter-approved expansion of the region’s transit system is rapidly under construction. Our streets are now seen as places for people, not just thoroughfares for cars. Technologies like real-time transit info, ride hailing apps, and bike share promise to give Angelenos new tools to take full advantage of the new infrastructure being built. The adoption of the unprecedented Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles earlier this year has grounded mobility conversations in the context of health and equity, recognizing that better transportation policy provides economic mobility for underserved residents while promoting community health and active transportation. And, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn calls for increasing walking, biking and transit to 35% of all trips in just 10 years to help meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The resulting Mobility Plan 2035 is a plan that is right for Los Angeles and right for our multimodal future.

What does the Mobility Plan do?

  • Makes safety the City’s #1 transportation priority, particularly the safety of children walking to school.
  • Sets design speeds for city streets and provides engineering and enforcement solutions to stop the constant increase in speed limits.
  • Proposes a new network of protected bike lanes across L.A.
  • Doubles city funding for walking and bicycling.
  • Calls for annual bicycle and pedestrian counts by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
  • Sets a performance metric of zero increase in car travel per person.

You can see the entire Mobility Plan 2035 and EIR here.

As with any significant progress, skeptics and naysayers are vocally opposing the Plan, either in whole or in part. Some neighborhood groups are fearful that a transition away from a car-dominated city to a balanced system might snarl traffic or delay emergency responders. Meanwhile, a vocal minority are taking this opportunity to attack specific projects, which threatens to piecemeal a well-planned citywide network. This Plan is supported by a broad base of residents, business groups, environmental organizations, and health advocates. Now is the time to demonstrate that support to the City Council.

Take Action to Support the Mobility Plan!

Join us for another #MobilityMondayLA day of online action this Monday 8/3!

  1. Attend the joint Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committee at 2:30PM, Tuesday, August 4th at City Hall Room 340 (Council Chamber).
  2. Email the LA City Council Transportation and PLUM committee members - sample below
  3. Share/tweet that you did it! (sample tweet: “I just called @PaulKoretzCD5 to support Mobility Plan 2035. You should too! www.la-bike.org/mobilityplan #MobilityMondayLA”)

 

 

Sample Email

To: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
cc: david.ryu@lacity.org, paul.koretz@lacity.org, councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org, councilmember.englander@lacity.org, councilmember.martinez@lacity.org, Adam.Lid@lacity.org, councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org
Bcc: hyeran@la-bike.org

Subj: Support Mobility Plan 2035 for safe & sustainable streets! CF#15-0719

Dear Honorable Councilmembers:

I support adopting the Mobility Plan 2035, including ALL of its proposed networks. As a ___________ (e.g. bike rider, pedestrian, transit user, driver, business owner, student, parent, etc.), I strongly support this Plan because I believe that it will help make L.A. streets better for all of us walking, biking, taking transit and driving.

A well-connected network of protected bike lanes and other complete streets improvements the Plan includes will give people healthier options to get around our neighborhoods and our whole city. Calmer traffic and safer streets are critical to protect and enhance our quality of life. We need this plan to build on the progress made by the 2010 Bicycle Plan and make all modes of transportation work together for our city. The modal networks in the Plan were carefully crafted to balance the needs of all who will use them. We can't afford to piecemeal them to appease local naysayers without undermining their citywide utility.

I am especially distressed by a councilmember's recommendation to remove bike lanes on Westwood Blvd from the Mobility Plan 2035.  At a time when the City of Los Angeles is working to become more walkable and bikeable, we need more safe bike lanes connecting popular destinations like Westwood Village and UCLA to neighboring communities--not fewer. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT), along this half mile stretch, more than 8 times as many collisions occur between vehicles and bicyclists than similar streets in Los Angeles. Without proper accommodation for bicyclists, Westwood will continue to fail the thousands of students and faculty who ride to the campus every day, as well as the countless more who will come when the Expo Line opens next year. Not to mention anyone wishing to visit the area’s shops and restaurants by any means other than motor vehicles. Please keep the Plan's networks intact and keep Westwood Blvd. in the Plan.

(Personalize here)

Please approve the Mobility Plan 2035 so that we can all travel safely on the streets of L.A.

(Your name)
(Your address)

 

July 21, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Second Annual Awards Gala

FIREFLY BALL
Celebrating a Bright Future for LA County

Named out of its timing with the seasonal launch of Operation Firefly, an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC, the Firefly Ball is a light-filled evening of art, music, food and drink.
Celebrate with us as we honor community members doing good bike work while raising much needed funds for LA’s largest, full service bike advocacy nonprofit--the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!

This year's honorees are:

  • Mayor Richard Riordan — Passionate Pedal Award
  • Tafarai Bayne — The Alex Baum Award for Achievement in Advocacy
  • Councilmembers Mitch Englander & Joe Buscaino — The Innovator Award

Join us at 6 p.m. for a cocktail hour and silent auction (in your classy, business attire). Our dinner program commences at 7pm.

WHEN: Thursday, October 29; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

WHERE: The Majestic Downtown - 650 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

CONTACT: Kelly Martin · kelly@la-bike.org · (213) 629-2142 ext.112

RSVP: Reserve your Tickets Here.

MEDIA KIT: For everything you need to know about being an event/table sponsor coming soon.

TRIBUTE JOURNAL:  Unable to attend, but want to place an ad in our tribute journal?  Coming soon.

DONATE:  Can't make it, but still want to help?  Donate here.

PARKING: TBA.  Bike Valet provided.  Closest Metro Red Line stop is at 7th and Flower.