City of Lights to Celebrate Bike Parking Rack Installation Increase in Pico-Union Thursday

October 11, 2010 at 11:30 am | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Contact:  Allison Mannos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office line: 213-629-2142

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION INCREASES BIKE PARKING RACKS FOR LOW-INCOME CYCLISTS IN PICO-UNION

Bike Parking Racks Installed at CARECEN Day Labor Center

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 14, 2010 –Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s (LACBC) City of Lights program will be celebrating the installation of various bike parking racks in the Pico-Union neighborhood, including 2 at a key site, the CARECEN day labor center. About 50-100 Spanish speaking cyclists use the center daily to find work.

There has long been a gap in bicycle infrastructure and safe streets for low-income immigrant cyclists. The LACBC addressed this need by creating the City of Lights program in early 2009. The volunteer-driven program empowers Latino immigrant cyclists through community building, bicycle advocacy, and education, including a bicycle parking rack campaign in 2009 that generated 40 sites for rack installation. Recently 600+ educational Spanish bike resource guides were distributed and a successful bike ride was held.

“Advocating for bicycle infrastructure in all areas of the County, not just affluent areas, is the key to making Los Angeles safer and welcoming for all cyclists,” said Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director, LACBC. “Through City of Lights, we are able to create more secure places for Latino immigrant cyclists to lock up their bikes in their neighborhoods.”

“The safety of our bicyclists, especially in my district, is just as important as that of our drivers and pedestrians. We need to do everything we can to ensure their safety,” said First District Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who has spearheaded legislation to make Los Angeles a more bike-friendly city.

“LADOT is proud to partner with LACBC, CARECEN, and Councilmember Reyes in providing adequate bicycle parking opportunities to some of the Angelinos who are most in need,” said Rita L. Robinson, LADOT General Manager.

About Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only nonprofit, membership-supported organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education, and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

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  1. [...] installation of bike racks in the very under-served Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Read more about the racks effort or go right to the LACBC blog.) The program advocates for cyclists of color [...]


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