News and Events
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:30am
Sunday Funday Ride Led by the Carson Bicycle Coalition
When: Sunday, September 7; meet at 9:30 a.m., ride at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Stevenson Park - 17400 Lysander Dr., Carson
Our next Sunday Funday ride will be led local chapter Carson Bicycle Coalition. The route will be a 13-mile tour through the Carson's hidden gems of past, present, and future. The tour will include a "Bikes-Eye View" of places like the Velodrome Cycling Arena at the Stub Hub Center, Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Goodyear Blimp, South Bay Pavilion Mall, the future sites of the Porsche Experience Driving Track and The Boulevards Shopping Center, the City Hall and Community Center, and a cross-section of a few Carson residential neighborhoods.
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. You can join the Carson Bicycle Coalition when you sign up (for online membership, you'll be prompted after you sign up online), at no extra cost to you.
The Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect on September 16, 2014. The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance." The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
One key to making the new law effective is to make sure the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAA, Wire Media, and CalBike to create an “I Give 3 Feet” graphic for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties to download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.
Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:
- Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance."
- This new law defines “safe distance” as three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction.
- If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
- Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
- Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic, and their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. You can request the window clings and the CalBike stickers directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form
Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
LACBC has grown as an organization to 11 regional chapters throughout the county and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in Los Angeles City. With so much going on, headquarters wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity. Meet fellow advocates, learn the strategies, and ask questions. Refreshments provided - see you there!
Outreach - March 20th
Membership - April 29th
Winning Campaigns Training - May 31st
Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training - July 12th
Fundraising - Thursday, August 21st
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
This 2-hour workshop will provide you with basic information you can use to safely ride your bicycle on the streets of LA County. The workshop for LACBC members includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home with you. Instruction is classroom only - we will not be riding. Bringing your bicycle is optional.
- Proper helmet fit
- ABC Quick Check (checking your bicycle)
- Rules of the Road
- Riding Visibly & Predictably
- Traffic Principles for Bicyclists
When: Saturday, August 23; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 6th floor - 634 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles 90014
RSVP: RSVP is required. RSVP here.
This workshop is free for LACBC members only. Not a member? Become a member today.
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.