Tags: Campaigns, cycletracks, eric garcetti, LA Bike Plan, LADOT
Please sign our petition to Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to LA!
Since adopting its 2010 Bicycle Plan, Los Angeles has made tremendous progress implementing bikeways across the city. The new 167 miles of bike lanes bring the total bike lane network to 338 miles. This breathtaking installation pace of up to 100 miles per year reflects the dedication of LADOT staff, often working overtime and weekends to design and stripe new facilities. New segments of the LA River Bike Path, LA’s first bicycle-friendly street on Yucca, and many miles of sharrows add to the City’s burgeoning bike network. This progress has yielded a comparable growth in ridership taking advantage of these new facilities.
Now that the low-hanging fruit of bike plan implementation has been picked, it is time to turn our attention to the next generation of bikeways in Los Angeles. Just as we need to connect the fragments of our bike network, we also need to connect the dots among many complementary policies and programs at different agencies. In 2014, we call upon the City of Los Angeles to:
- Adopt an “8 to 80” design standard for the Mobility Element’s Bicycle-Enhanced Network (BEN) and 2010 Bicycle Plan’s Neighborhood Network,
- Appoint a new LADOT General Manager who is committed to innovative street design,
- Accelerate implementation of cycletracks by incorporating the BEN into the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative,
- Install LA’s first cycletracks on Figueroa in 2014,
- Apply for round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation’s leading bikeway design experts,
- Ensure adequate staffing of the bikeways and pedestrian groups at LADOT to satisfy pent-up demand for these improvements across the city, and
- Work with Metro to increase investments in next generation bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure across Los Angeles County, concentrated around transit stations and schools.
These steps will expand the reach of LA’s bicycle network both geographically and demographically to attract the kind of ridership growth we’ve seen in other cities around the country that have made similar investments. We must invest and innovate to reach LA’s bicycling potential.
Don’t forget to sign our petition to Mayor Garcetti to Bring Cycletracks to LA!
Tags: bikeshare, Mayor Garcetti, Metro, Santa Monica Spoke, West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition
This week, bikeshare is back on the agenda for Los Angeles County. LACBC participated in a meeting at the Westside Cities Council of Governments on Tuesday hosted by Assemblymember Richard Bloom and will be supporting a motion at Metro today by Mayor Garcetti and Directors Yaroslavsky, Knabe, Bonin, and O’Connor to coordinate a countywide bikeshare program. Streetsblog covered these developments on Tuesday. For over a year, LACBC chapters Santa Monica Spoke and the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition have been advocating for bikeshare in their respective communities. As a result of their efforts, Santa Monica stands to lead on the issue with a grant in hand to fund the launch of a system, while entrepreneurs are still seeking to bring privately funded bikeshare to West Hollywood. In the meantime, bikeshare in the City of LA has all but floundered.
In an effort to coordinate local efforts, Metro will now prepare an industry review and business case analysis for bikeshare in L.A. County, potentially resulting in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a single countywide vendor. As local cities make progress and Metro decides whether to step into its natural role as a regional transportation agency, LACBC will continue to support whatever process results in a bikeshare system that serves L.A. County’s needs. We believe any system should adhere to the following principles:
- Go Big. Bikeshare works best with concentrated deployments in areas with supportive infrastructure. Clusters of kiosks should be of sufficient density in targeted neighborhoods to enable convenient use, not distributed sparsely across a broad coverage area. Cities installing bikeshare kiosks should also provide adequate on-street bike infrastructure to enable safe bike travel with an emphasis on access to transit.
- Bikeshare is a transit system. A countywide approach should ensure that the transit system is primarily designed to maximize transportation utility. A business case analysis should not deem an unprofitable system as unsuccessful if it meets a distinct transportation need cost-effectively. While advertising will likely be a significant revenue source for any system, it should not be a determining factor in the choice of kiosk locations or communities to be served.
- Equity matters. A transit system also has the expectation of serving diverse populations equitably. The business case analysis must address how a bikeshare system can serve low-income communities in terms of both geographic deployment of kiosks and a fare structure that enables low-income households to participate. While not all communities can be served immediately, the system must be designed to reasonably serve low-income communities as it expands.
- Seamless operation. To ensure countywide integration, a single hardware vendor should be selected so that the customer experience is seamless and all equipment interoperable. Local operators could be chosen for maintenance and rebalancing of the single vendor’s equipment.
- Integrated fare structure. Fare systems should be integrated with other transit accounts such as TAP and Express Lanes for a unified customer experience in paying for multiple transportation options.
LACBC is encouraged by Metro’s involvement in this process. As the county’s transportation agency, Metro will play a key role in funding the infrastructure and education programs that complement bikeshare and are critical to its safe deployment. We look forward to working with Metro and local cities to ensure that these principles are incorporated into bikeshare operations in L.A. County.
Tags: cycletracks, My Figueroa
UPDATE (10/07/2013): At the advice of the City Attorney, the motion will be postponed to a later, undetermined date so that the appeal and the motion can be on the same track. We’ll update you all when the MyFig motion and appeal will be presented.
The Price motion will be heard at Transportation Committee on Wednesday, October 9th at 2 P.M, City Hall Room 1010. The Shammas Auto Group appeal will be heard by Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee at a future date.
My Figueroa is the most ambitious street transformation underway in the City of Los Angeles, promising to transform a bleak commercial corridor into a prime linkage between USC and Downtown LA. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) inherited the project from the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and is working diligently to break ground early next year so that construction can be completed by a December 2014 funding deadline. This tight schedule has kept the project on track, despite recent grumblings by some stakeholders in the corridor about added congestion.
While LADOT solves the technical challenge of engineering Los Angeles’s first protected bike lane (a.k.a. cycletrack), the project’s political prospects recently became murkier. My Figueroa is within Council District 9, which switched from champion Jan Perry to silent Curren Price after the election in May. Under pressure from stakeholders along the Figueroa Corridor, Price introduced a motion calling for further study of traffic impacts and asking for mitigation. At the same time, Shammas Auto Group filed an appeal of the project, which will require a hearing before the full City Council. It was not immediately clear how both the motion and the appeal would proceed since City Council would not want to deal with the same issues twice.
The Downtown News reports that Shammas Auto Group has “no intention” of delaying the project, despite the pending appeal. We now know that the Price motion asking for further study will be heard at Transportation Committee on October 9th (2 PM in City Hall Room 1010). LACBC will be there along with project supporters TRUST South LA, Community Health Councils, LA Walks, and the (newly formed) USC Bicycle Coalition to keep the project on track.
Will you join us?
Transportation Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 9; 2 p.m. TBD
Where: L.A. City Hall, Room 1010 – 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles
- Eric Bruins, Planning and Policy Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and
- Jessica Meaney, Southern California Policy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Last week, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition hosted a breakfast for Los Angeles County elected leaders and key staff from Metro, local cities, and school districts to discuss challenges and opportunities to making LA County more walkable, bikeable and transit-accessible. This was a rare opportunity to bring all three levels of government (Metro, cities, and school districts) into one room to discuss these issues. This convening built upon previous engagements with community-based organizations, researchers, environmental and health advocates, city and county staff to build consensus for transportation policy changes across the region. Like other stakeholders, elected officials at the meeting universally stressed the importance of walking and bicycling to Los Angeles County’s health, environment and economy.
Last week’s conversation is part of a changing story of transportation in Los Angeles County. Metro is rapidly building out the nation’s most ambitious transit capital program and, unlike new freeways, transit has a tremendous potential to be neighborhood focused. Our elected officials recognize that active transportation is the foundation of local mobility and therefore a regional priority.
We were excited to share our research findings with the assembled leaders from Active transportation has historically fallen through the cracks between different agencies for lack of resources, technical capacity, and focus. During our discussion, we heard that Metro, school districts and local cities have unique opportunities and challenges when it comes to active transportation. Only by coordinating and sharing resources can agencies achieve common objectives.
- Board adopted a Sustainable Planning policy, providing a framework to address active transportation, among other sustainability issues
- Local sales taxes provide resources to implement, subject to board discretion
- Metrics and modeling capability to prioritize projects
- First Mile/Last Mile targets investments in strategic transit-oriented areas for maximum benefit
- Countywide reach for education and encouragement
- Can’t do it alone – must partner with local jurisdictions
- Has not historically implemented projects, mostly a funder
- Regionally significant projects require interjurisdictional coordination
School District Opportunities:
- Captive audience for education programs
- Can reach students and parents
School District Challenges:
- Need resources and best practices for education and encouragement programs
- Barriers to walking biking to school extend beyond campus: perceived safety (parents’ perceptions), traffic safety, personal safety
City and County Opportunities:
- Control the public right of way and regulate the built environment
- Police departments enforce safe behavior, particularly around school routes during the morning
City and County Challenges:
- Lack of funding for walking and bicycling investments
- Building local support for changes to public right of way
- Technical knowledge on integrating walking and biking into urban design, land use, and transportation engineering
- Collecting adequate data about bicycle and pedestrian travel behavior
- Targeting education and enforcement to address specific issues and general perceptions
Fortunately, every challenge for one agency matches an opportunity for another. By working together and implementing the recommendations identified in Transportation Finance in Los Angeles County: An Overview (see page 8), we can leverage the incredible investment Metro is making in transportation to build a county that is an even better and safer place to walk and bicycle.
The elected leaders breakfast was one in a series of stakeholder meetings that we’ve held throughout the year. On January 8, 2014, we will hold a meeting to bring together all of those stakeholders to continue to increase coordination and work together to make LA County more walkable and bikeable. Please join us for this very special meeting, which will be held at the California Endowment–all leaders, partners and stakeholders are welcome. For more information about the event or to lend your support, contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
- Metro: Chair Diane Dubois, Directors Pam O’Connor, Mike Bonin, and John Fasana, CEO Art Leahy & staff
- LA County: Offices of Supervisors Molina, and Knabe
- Cities: Bell, Carson, Culver City, Duarte, El Monte, Los Angeles, Lakewood, Lancaster, South Gate, West Hollywood
- School Districts: Azusa Unified School District, Bassett Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, California Latino School Boards Association
- State Legislators: Office of Senator Fran Pavley, Office of Senator Carol Liu
- Other Key Partners: Bike San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley Bike Coalition, AARP, Prevention Institute, UCLA Complete Streets Initiative, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
We are asking those who live, play, or work in Carson to send emails to Carson City Council and advocate for the originally drafted Bike Plan. Since the draft plan was released, bike lanes on Avalon, Watson Center Road, and Wilmington have been removed, including cycle-tracks on Albertoni and University.
The opportunity for Carson to provide real improvements to encourage safe bicycling has hit a snag. What was originally planned to be a robust network of bike routes, bike lanes, and separated cycle-tracks has been watered down due to opposition, namely from the Watson Land Company and the StubHub Center, formerly the Home Depot Center. Given a recent bicyclists’ death in Carson, we hope that elected officials realize the urgent need to make the streets of Carson safer.
The City of Carson has been working on developing their Master Plan of Bikeways for over a year to build off of a few scatterings of bike lanes and bike routes in the city. Community support grew as the project moved ahead, with several well-attended community meetings, biking events, and consultation with city staff and the bicycling community. Over the course of this process, the Master Plan of Bikeways evolved into a draft that the community was impressed with and grew confidence in.
Since then, major players in the city have put their foot down in opposition to parts of the plan. At June’s Planning Commission meeting, StubHub Center (home to the Velo Sports Center) and Watson Land Company were successful in diluting the proposed plan, which in its current form, is heading to City Council on August 6th.
Here are the arguments against certain aspects of the plan, and who was behind them.
- The Watson Land Company expressed concern about installing bike lanes where there is heavy truck traffic, which include many of the arterials in Carson because of the large industrial presence in the city. Watson Land Company believes bicyclists are put in danger if encouraged to ride in bike lanes alongside heavy traffic. Despite the plan’s effort to install colored buffered bike lanes along Wilmington Avenue, where no travel lanes would be removed and is one of the few North/South corridors in Carson, Watson still rejected the idea and had the project removed. The same goes for Watson Center Road, originally planned for a standard bike lane without having to remove a travel lane, now gone.
Watson Land Company has always prefaced their disinterest in bicycle improvements in Carson with safety of bicyclists as their main concern. Unfortunately the feelings are not based in reason. Time and time again we see studies that show bicycle lanes make it safer for bicyclists, marking a clear designation for bicyclists and other users of the road. It appears Watson Land Company wants to maintain the status quo, where currently bicyclists and trucks need to share the same travel lane, and somehow in their minds that is safer.
- StubHub Center (what used to be the Home Depot Center) also cited safety concerns and disruption of traffic flow to/from their facility, specifically by installing cycle-tracks and bike lanes on Central, Victoria, and University. These streets (and Avalon) encompass both StubHub Center and Cal State Dominguez Hills, where many people bicycle to campus and also to the Velodrome. Despite their main parking lots facing Avalon and Victoria, StubHub Center was able to exclude cycle-tracks on University from the plan because it would require the removal of one travel lane. Albertoni was also eliminated from the plan because of concerns of ingress/egress for StubHub Center despite the fact that it does not affect the 91 Freeway on/off ramps’ turn lanes. The StubHub Center has asked that we clarify their position – you can find their letter citing specific concerns in a commission report here.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is looking to continue to advocate for safer streets for all users in Carson. As we anticipate passage of the Carson Master Plan of Bikeways at August 6th’s City Council meeting, we want to make sure that the integrity of the approved plan is based on sound studies and rooted in desires from the community. We strongly disagree with Watson Land Company’s assertion that adding bike lanes to a corridor will make biking more unsafe.
Take Action: Tell Carson City Council to preserve the Master Plan of Bikeways’ original intent of having a cycle-track on Albertoni and University, and preserving the proposed bike lanes on Avalon, Watson Center Road, and Wilmington.
If you cannot make the meeting on August 6 at 6 p.m., please call Mayor Dear at 310-952-1700 ext 1000 and email the rest of council at:
The Public Safety Committee will hear the LAPD report on Friday, July 26th at 8:30 AM in City Hall Room 1010. Please join LACBC in requesting that the City take a leadership role to fix state law to increase penalties for hit-and-run. You can also write the committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
Los Angeles’ high rate of hit-and-run collisions disproportionately affects bicyclists and pedestrians, the most vulnerable travelers on our city’s streets. Many of us have friends left injured by fleeing drivers, or have been victims ourselves. The Los Angeles Police Department, at the direction of Councilmember Joe Buscaino, produced a report with hard numbers confirming our perceptions: nearly 60% of those severely injured or killed by hit-and-run drivers are pedestrians and another 14% are bicyclists.
That is over 90 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists being severely injured or killed in the City of Los Angeles every year. The number of bicyclists severely injured or killed spiked to 31 in 2011–almost 3 per month.
By any measure, this is an unacceptable crisis in public safety. LACBC eagerly awaited the LAPD’s report detailing steps the department is taking to curtail the hit-and-run epidemic. Unfortunately, the report made considerable effort to debunk the LA Weekly article and defend the City’s hit-and-run rate as comparable to other cities. Deeper analysis reveals the opposite: Los Angeles continues to be among the worst cities, behind only Chicago in injury and fatal hit-and-runs per capita. Angelenos have a greater than 1 in 1,000 chance of being injured or killed in a hit-and-run every year.
How does the LAPD come to a different conclusion? Instead of calculating exposure to hit-and-run like any other crime stat (i.e. how likely is a person to be a victim), LAPD chose to compare hit-and-run rates per vehicle-mile traveled (VMT). Because Angelenos are addicted to their cars and drive more per person than all other cities compared in the report, this dilutes our hit-and-run rate in the department’s analysis. Cities with more pedestrians and bicyclists and less driving come out as more dangerous in the LAPD’s report, despite being considerably safer. LAPD’s report calculates that New York is 56% more dangerous than Los Angeles. In fact, Angelenos are 122% more likely to be the victim of an injury or fatal hit-and-run than New Yorkers. The result is highly misleading and undermines the sense of urgency to fix the problem and make our streets safer.
Ranking by Per VMT Hit-and-Run
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
Ranking by Per Capita Hit-and-Run
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
Despite this flawed comparative analysis, LAPD does make strong recommendations to change department practices, improve data collection, and amend state law. These proposals align closely with LACBC’s priorities and we look forward to working with LAPD and the City Council to push for state legislation to enhance hit-and-run penalties.
Tags: Climate Ride
Congratulations to our LACBC team for completing the 5-day, 320-mile California Climate Ride! Our team and individual members not only met their fundraising goals, but Team LACBC was also the highest fundraising team!
We’re catching up with some of our riders who participated in this ride. We first have Gregory Laemmle. Greg led the LACBC team as the team captain and also in terms of fundraising. He was pleasantly surprised that people generously donated to his ride so readily.
“People are concerned about climate change,” Greg says. ”Maybe not enough to become daily bike commuters, or to put solar panels on their roof, but concerned. And so they were generally only too happy to contribute toward this cause. I relied strictly on mass e-mails and Facebook posts.”
In terms of training, Greg was thoroughly prepared for this ride, although he had to make a few adjustments in his schedule to make time on the weekends for longer rides. What Greg really enjoyed about these ride was that a few friends and other Climate Riders tagged along with him to train. He also was able to ride in new places such as Nichols Canyon and Old Mulholland Highway. Being able to ride 50 miles on consecutive days allowed him to climb over 20,000 feet with no aches, pains, or injuries.
Greg is already extremely excited for next year’s ride, and even though they may change the route, he knows that it will open up more opportunities for other riders to see different scenic parts of California. He is also proud of the LACBC team for raising the most fundsand cannot wait for recruitment. He hopes to bring a larger team, as well as raise more dollars.
Next we have one of our featured riders, Michael Rippens. As Michael prepared for this race, he worried about the weather conditions for the Climate Ride with previous rides being faced with rain. Luckily this year, the ride did not have to deal with rainy weather and everyone fared with beautiful, sunny days, with the tradeoff of some heavy wind.
One of Michael’s misfortunes during this ride was a slight “wardrobe malfunction” where his wind vest got caught into his front wheel which caused him to flip over. Luckily he did not have any serious injuries and was able to finish the ride. To top it off, Michael was able to challenge himself by doing the optional century ride on Day 3!
Here’s a quick scenic video of the ride!
Lastly, Michael felt that even through the struggles, the ride was completely worth it. “But, the best part about the Climate Ride, by far, was all the amazing and inspirational people I met along the way. Each and every rider and support person had an interesting personal story as well as a passion for cycling, preserving the environment and making our world a better place to live. I certainly made some lifelong friends on the ride and I can’t wait ‘til next year to do it all over again!” As it was an unforgettable experience for him, he along with Greg cannot wait for next year!
Thank you to all of the Team LACBC Climate Riders: Lisa Liberati, Laurie Gelardi, Kathy Gelardi, Marc Horwitz, Leonard Laub, Yvonne Ascher, John Cork, Michael Rippens, and team captain Greg Laemmle!
Thanks again to our intern Vincent Ho for writing recap of the ride and to Michael Rippens and Greg Laemmle for speaking with us!
By now you’ve probably heard that the beloved Spring Street green bike lane is set to receive a makeover. Today’s vote by the City Council scales back a project that was installed in late 2011 to much fanfare and acclaim by downtown residents, bicyclists, and livable streets advocates. Despite steadfast support from Councilmember Huizar and the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, film industry representatives were able to repeatedly delay the vote and force a compromise.
While the outcome is a step backward for the continued revitalization of Spring Street through downtown’s Historic Core (the Spring Street Park opened just this week!), the new design is not all bad for bicycling Angelenos. Today’s decision begins the next chapter of the City’s green lane pilot program, which tested different designs and materials on Spring Street and on 1st Street in Boyle Heights. As a result, LADOT now has a much better idea how to install green lanes to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing their cost. The compromise design preserves much of the safety benefit of the full green treatment at a fraction of the cost since color is only used at the most important locations. In some ways, the final* design on Spring takes the best of both existing pilot green lanes to create a hybrid approach. The savings from the Spring Street repainting will get poured back into bike infrastructure elsewhere in the city, including potentially new green lanes.
Which bike lanes would you like to see painted green? Let us know in the comments.
Please take a moment to thank Councilmember Huizar for being a champion of livable streets in the City of Los Angeles. From bike lanes to parklets to bike corrals, Huizar is leading the charge to reclaim our streets for people. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The compromise design approved today includes elements that have not before been used in the United States and will require a request to experiment from the California Traffic Control Devices Committee. A decision by the CTCDC may alter the ultimate design to improve safety.
Tags: Ed Reyes, Greenway 2020, NBCUniversal, River Ride, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
We at LACBC are in our 13th year for the River Ride, and each year we have different experiences, challenges, and triumphs in putting this massive event together. This year, we added a new ride–the 25-mile Long Beach Loop– and 2,400 riders came out to ride the river on a gorgeous Sunday. As always, we would like to thank the army of folks who helped make the River Ride possible: the participants, to the volunteers, the sponsors, and the supporters.
Thank you to the following people and organizations:
- Stewart and Lynda Resnick– The ride wouldn’t have been possible without them.
- Former Mayor Richard Riordan, for his sponsorship and for leading off the rides
- Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, his deputy Lori Wheeler Garcia, and NBCUniversal, as well as River Revitalization Corps. for their work on the River and the beginnings of Greenway 2020
- Our LACBC River Ride Fundraisers: River Ride Fundraising Champion Nancy “Tish” Laemmle, Carrie Ungerman, Paul Des Marais, Douglas John, Kevin Hopps of Team Hopps, and Sebouh Asparian
- LA River Swim Team and Fathers and Sons for playing music for us
- Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the potties
- Councilmember Ed Reyes for all his support over the years, he was given the Howard D. Krepack Service to Cycling Award
- CH2MHILL, a longtime River Ride supporter
- Pocrass & De Los Reyes, our new friends and new supporters
- Laemmle Theatres, longtime River Ride supporters
- County Supervisor Don Knabe and Deputy Erin Stibal
- County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Deputies Teresea Villegas and Martha Jimenez
- New Belgium Brewing and Aimme Gilchrist, our longtime friends and supporters who made the VIP beer garden and booth possible and donated another awesome New Belgium Cruiser Bike to our Runner-up fundraiser
- The REACT team for keeping everyone on the paths safe
- INCYCLE and Specialized for the kids’ bikes
- Aquarium of the Pacific, Port of Long Beach and TERN made Long Beach start and finish possible
- Cafecito Organico for helping us wake up at 4 a.m.
- DTLA Bikes for the awesome bikes for our raffle and fundraisers
- KOA, our longtime friends and supporters
- REI, our longtime friends and supporters
- VBT Biking and Walking Vacations awesome Bike Trip to Tuscany prize
- Cynergy, Performance Bikes, El Maestro, Bike SGV, Downey Bicycle Coalition, and pit stop captains for pit stop and tech support
- Our local chapters and Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors for running the info booth
- Our volunteers: goody bag stuffers, REI wristband pickup teams, route markers, ride marshals, office help, registration folks, SAG drivers, parking attendants, kids’ rodeo helpers, and more
- Our graphic design volunteers: David Fletcher and Aislinn Glennon
- Clif Bar and Brooke Donberg
- Yelp and Katie Burbank
- American Apparel for our t-shirts
- Walt Disney Company and Adam Gilbert for the free parking
- Whole Foods Beverly Hils
- FIRST 5 LA, Lucie Spencer Murray or Run Kids Runs, and Tana Ball of Youth Educational Sports for the kids’ ride
- Kat Namey, who led off the rides in her colorful tights and with her tall bike.
- The Autry National Center
- The River Ride Committee, which had the all good snacks
At Sunday’s River Ride, LACBC was also delighted to recognize three leaders for their contributions to bicycling and the Los Angeles River:
- Councilmember Ed Reyes, who represents neighborhoods west and north of Downtown and a significant stretch of the LA River, was honored with the Howard Krepack Service to Cycling Award for his many years of championing bicycling on the Los Angeles City Council. Reyes may be less vocal than some of his colleagues, but he has always worked diligently and passionately behind the scenes to advance bicycling in underserved communities as a social justice issue. LACBC expresses our deepest gratitude for his support and wishes him well as he leaves elected office at the end of the month.
- Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has long been a champion for bicycling on the County Board of Supervisors, including shepherding the County’s Bicycle Master Plan in 2012. Earlier this year, Yaroslavsky secured over $13 million for planning and construction of the LA River Bike Path along NBC Universal’s river frontage. Yaroslavsky is working feverishly to see this project break ground under his watch. LACBC commends Supervisor Yaroslavsky for his commitment and steadfastness on behalf of the LA River.
- Universal Studios Hollywood President and Chief Operation Officer Larry Kurzweil accepted an award on behalf of NBCUniversal for their unprecedented financial contribution to the LA River Bike Path. In response to LACBC and river allies, NBCUniversal recognized the LA River’s potential and stepped up as a corporate steward. LACBC eagerly awaits pedaling along Universal Studios at future River Rides.
Thanks for coming out! You can check out photos from the day on the LACBC Facebook page.
Tags: profile, volunteers
Meet Andy Au, one of our most dedicated volunteers here at LACBC. He has been with us since hearing about the LA River Ride back in 2010. This upcoming LA River Ride will be his 4th time participating in this event, and he will once again be bringing two awesome children, Amber and Eric, along to ride and volunteer to help control the crowds.
Andy has always found riding a bicycle as a great way to get around. As a child, he used to ride around for fun but while in college at bike-friendly UC Davis, bike-riding became his main source of getting around to class and also to the grocery store. Easy add-ons such as a water bottle holder and a simple basket allow him to not only ride around but also run errands.
Andy sees bicycling growing in the next few years. He sees that the amount of people who ride will increase with upcoming bike-sharing programs coming and with more advocacy from communities here in Los Angeles. Andy helped in the process with the South Pasadena bicycle lanes and also shows up to LACBC events to show support and to also help out whenever he can. As people are biking more here in Los Angeles, one thing that makes him feel great is that he is able to give back and help with causes such as advocacy and safety.
Andy is also a driver but knows that we all should share lanes and recognize each other. For fun he enjoys taking his children out to bicycle, which has made the Au family become some sort of local “bicycle celebrity family.” In interviewing his children, we found out that he wears a bright vest with his children, which can be very embarrassing for them, but they acknowledge that it helps make them safe by being seen.
Amber and Eric brought up ideas on why bicycling is great: more control, getting around faster, and, of course, stronger legs! When asked why we should advocate for bicycle lanes and safety, they responded that it is important to be safe and also they want riders to feel comfortable. On a final note, they also said that we all should still pay attention and stay focused by not zoning out when riding.
You can find Andy, Amber, and Eric at several LACBC events including the 13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 9th! Interested in volunteering with the the Aus and the hundreds of other volunteers that make River Ride possible? Sign up to volunteer by checking out the River Ride Volunteer page.