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July 24, 2014 News 0 Comments

Yesterday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt and LACBC's Eric Bruins announced a new partnership between City and State governments to bring an end to hit-and-run in California. Assemblymember Gatto is carrying two bills this year to both increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers (AB 1532) and create a new "yellow alert" (AB 47) that would use existing electronic signs to disseminate vehicle descriptions along state highways. The latter bill was introduced late in the legislative session at the urging of the Los Angeles City Council.

Hit-and-runs continue to plague Los Angeles, with over 20,000 incidents every year, including 4,000 injuries. Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured, which is why LACBC continues to work with partners like Assemblyman Gatto and the California Bicycle Coalition to put an end to these crimes. Thank you to Assemblyman Gatto for his leadership, and to Damian Kevitt and Finish the Ride for his courage and perseverance.

For more, see coverage in the Los Angeles Times.

July 11, 2014 Event 0 Comments

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:15pm

Update! - July 24, 2014

Metro Moves to Develop Long-Term Walk/Bike Funding Strategy, Makes Down Payment from ExpressLanes Revenue

This morning, the Metro Board of Directors voted to develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy in response to concerns from LACBC, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and others that the Short Range Transportation Plan under-invests in walking and biking. In a separate but related action, Metro also approved $8.9 million in grants for walking and biking projects funded by the Metro ExpressLanes net toll revenues from the I-110 and I-10 freeways, including bikeshare in Downtown L.A., a bike hub at Union Station, an extension of the Dominguez Channel bike path to connect to the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and--our favorite--LACBC's pilot Active Streets project along Budlong Avenue in South L.A.

Last week, about 60 people from partner organizations, LACBC chapters and individual supporters came out for a Wednesday afternoon Metro committee meeting to support increased funding for walking and biking. This strong showing made an impression on the Metro board as they begin to consider what a future transportation sales tax measure might include. Today's motion lays out a path forward for the agency to set performance goals for active transportation and identify how much investment it would take to make Los Angeles County truly walkable and bikeable for people of all ages and abilities. We greatly appreciate Director Mike Bonin's leadership and the support from his colleagues on the board.

July 10, 2014 Event 0 Comments

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 9:30am

When: Sunday, August 3; Meet at 9:30 AM, Ride at 10:00 AM

Where:  Del Valle Park - 5939 Henrilee St. (at Woodruff) Lakewood, CA 90713, by the airplane (map)

Bring out your whole family for this ride around the Long Beach and Lakewood area! For the fourth summer in a row, LACBC Board Member and Lakewood resident Steve Boyd leads this mellow ride. We'll ride along the San Gabriel Bike Path and head south to PCH and back.  Children on bikes and in trailers are welcome!

Ride Length: not more than 18 miles (riders will have the option of turning around for a 6-mile ride or riding for a longer 18-mile ride)

Ride Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours, including stops for rest when needed

Difficulty:  easy, great for the whole family

What to Bring: helmets for children under 18, water, snacks

RSVP: To RSVP or volunteer as ride support, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership & Communications Director, at carol@la-bike.org. Or RSVP to the Facebook event.

About Sunday Fundays: Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

July 7, 2014 News 0 Comments

LACBC takes seriously our duty to defend bicyclists' rights to the road. Today, we called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to stop improperly ticketing bicyclists who are legally controlling the lane and establish a Bicycle Task Force responsible for improving deputy training. Read our letter below. If you have been improperly pulled over and/or cited for CVC 21202, please get in touch with planning & policy director Eric Bruins at eric@la-bike.org.

June 27, 2014 Event 0 Comments

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:00pm - Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:00pm

LACBC has partnered with Grand Performances for the third year in a row to bring you a series of "pedal pushers" performances this summer! From June until September, Grand Performances will be hosting FREE concerts, film screenings, dance performances, etc. at the outdoor California Plaza in Downtown L.A., and we'll be providing complimentary bike valet at several of them! Riding your bike and parking for free to a free show is the perfect way to spend a summer night.

Check out the schedule of Grand Performances with bike valet below and head over to their website for more information.

To find our bike valet, enter California Plaza off of Grand Ave. (map), walk up the steps south of Blue Cow, and find us in front of the Deloitte Building.

Les Triplettes de Belleville - Friday, August 1; 8 p.m.

People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement - Saturday, August 2; 8 p.m.

Los Dos Marks - Friday, August 8; 8 p.m.

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