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May 27, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:00am

The Carson Bicycle Coalition, a local chapter of LACBC, will be hosting the next Sunday Funday Ride on June 7th.  This 20-mile ride will travel at a slow-to-moderate speed so that all type riders can enjoy.  Some of the highlighted locations will be  the StubHub Center & Velodrome, Cal State Dominguez Hill, the Metro Bus Transit Center, the Dominguez Channel Bike Path, the Goodyear Blimp, Carson City Hall & Community Center, the Metro Blue Line Train Station, the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Mission & Museum, and the SouthBay Pavilion.

When: Sunday, June 7; 9:00 a.m., ends at around 12:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Carson SouthBay Pavilion parking lot (Avalon Blvd. & Del Amo Blvd, near Sears Auto Center).

RSVP here!

Ride Length: Approximately 20 miles total.
Ride Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours roundtrip
Difficulty: Casual at a slow-to-moderate pace.
What to bring: helmet (required for children under the age of 18), water, sunscreen, money for lunch afterwards
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).

 

May 27, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Sunday, June 7, 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:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima

Check out the full schedule (beginning Sunday, June 7), and register at http://la-bike.org/bicyclesafetyclasses.

May 27, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:30am

On Thursday at 8:30AM, the City Planning Commission will consider the Mobility Plan 2035 at their meeting at Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber 2nd Floor. We'd like you to join us to speak in favor of the Mobility Plan, which carries forward the best parts of the L.A. Bicycle Plan, while adding in family-friendly protected bike lanes to the City's toolbox of street improvements. The Plan also connects a better bike network to much-needed improvements for people walking and taking transit. Most importantly, the Plan promotes complete streets that serve all people who travel on them, with special focus on the most vulnerable road users: children, the elderly, pedestrians and bicyclists. Please join us at the meeting and/or add your voice by emailing the City Planning Commission (see sample below).

The Commission needs to hear from you. People that are opposed to the improvements we've seen on L.A. streets are already mobilizing against this new Plan. We are counting on supporters like you to share your thoughts at the hearing and by email. If you can come to the meeting, please email me at hyeran@la-bike.org

What does the Mobility Plan do?

  • Makes safety the City’s number one 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 the share of Measure R Local Return for walking and bicycling
  • Calls for annual bicycle and pedestrian counts by LADOT
  • Sets a performance metric of zero increase in car travel per person

LACBC, Los Angeles Walks, and other stakeholders were involved in the development of the plan to ensure that the needs of L.A.’s bicyclists and pedestrians are a priority. LACBC worked with the Department of City Planning to develop a 180-mile network of protected bike lanes and high-quality neighborhood streets that will “provide safe, convenient, and comfortable local and regional facilities for cyclists of all types and abilities.” Let's make these ideas a reality by passing this Plan and supporting its implementation.

You can see the final EIR and staff report here.

Mobility Plan at City Planning Commission
When: Thu, May 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. The Mobility Plan will be the first item on the agenda, so please make sure to be there at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401

If you cannot make it to the meeting, please send your comment directly to James Williams in the City Planning Commission office at cpc@lacity.org and bcc: hyeran@la-bike.org

Sample Email

Subject: CPC-2013-910-GPA-SP-CA-SMC Mobility Plan 2035 - SUPPORT

Dear President Ambroz and Commissioners,

I support adopting the Mobility Plan 2035, including all of its proposed networks. As a bicycle rider and pedestrian, 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.

This Plan also supports LADOT's goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2025. Right now, a pedestrian or bicyclist is killed on L.A. streets every three days. We know that good design, along with education and enforcement, is essential to meeting this goal. This Plan gives all city agencies the tools and the direction to work together toward making L.A. a safe city to move around in.

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

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your address)

May 18, 2015 News 0 Comments

 

Last year, we had an interdepartmental battle amongst the LACBC staff when our Planning & Policy Director Eric Bruins narrowly edged out our former Policy & Campaigns Manager Alek Bartrosouf in Climate Ride fundraising to be named King of the Mountain at LACBC HQ. LACBC staffers and Team LACBC riders chose sides, alliances were formed, and Eric had the last laugh.

This year, we have another staff battle in Colin Vs. Hyeran.

Colin Bogart is LACBC's Program Director who came to LACBC back in 2000 as a volunteer, was once LACBC's Board President, and joined the staff back in 2008. 

Hyeran Lee is LACBC's Policy & Outreach Coordinator who came to LACBC as an intern in 2012 and joined the staff just last year.

By the time they reach the finish line on May 21st, we are going to declare Colin or Hyeran King or Queen of the Mountain at LACBC HQ. In this battle of education vs. planning, veteran vs. newbie, Sunset bike lanes vs. 7th St bike lanes, herbivore vs. omnivore, who will win?

5/18/2015 Update: Hyeran holds a firm lead at $4,110 versus Colin at $3,000.

Show your support by donating to your favorite rider: Colin or Hyeran!

May 15, 2015 Event 0 Comments

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:01am - Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 11:59pm

Happy National Bike Month! Join LACBC or renew your LACBC membership for a chance to ride away with a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego on September 26th!

Anyone who becomes an LACBC member or renews a membership between May 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015, will automatically be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego. The winner and guest, plus their bicycles, will travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, enjoy two nights at a swanky local hotel, and folly their folly at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, a bike and beer festival that has no equal.

Join or renew today!

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