See You All at CicLAvia 04.10.11!

April 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Bike News | Leave a comment
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At the last CicLAvia on 10.10.10, LA's streets filled with smiling faces. We're ready for Round 2!

This Sunday April 10th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, LA’s streets are open for walking, bicycling, skating, playing, and more for CicLAvia! Please follow these helpful links that the CicLAvia organizers have put together for more details:

As a proud partner of CicLAvia, all of us at LACBC hope to see you out there! Ride the streets stress-free, explore Los Angeles like you’ve never done before, bring along your friends that haven’t biked in years. If this CicLAvia is anything like the last one, it will be one our most favorite days of the year!

LACBC will be all over the 7.5-mile route, but you can find us at our bike valet in Little Tokyo, at our 7th Street Bike Lane Campaign pit stop in MacArthur Park, and at another pit stop at the Bicycle District start/end point in East Hollywood. Say hello, learn more about current projects, sign up for membership, register for the LA River Ride, etc. You can also follow us on Twitter for a few updates during the day.

We hope to see you all on Sunday!

LACBC 7th Street Bike Lane Campaign Kicks Off!

March 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 2 Comments
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There is a very exciting campaign LACBC is starting! We’re proud to announce to all our members and the bicycle community that we will continue our work pressing ahead for bike lanes on 7th St.!

Map of 7th Street

As you may know, the Bike Plan update was recently passed by the Los Angeles City Council, which means that we can now implement some of the changes we’ve lobbied hard to include in the Plan. We are in the process of developing a massive outreach proposal to target low-income neighborhoods in Central and South LA, working with community groups. 7th St., amongst other key corridors, will commence the new strategy LACBC will be pushing to get bike access for low-income, working folks.

The great news is that, thanks to our advocacy, LADOT has told us that 7th Street will be striped by late September and early October 2011 before the third CicLAvia of the year! The first phase of the bike lane will start from Koreatown and stretch to Downtown. As the Bike Plan calls for, it will eventually extend all the way to Boyle Heights–at an impressive 5.4 miles!

BACKGROUND

7th Street is the first street for the Plan to start implementing because of the high need in the neighborhood, that it runs parallel to Wilshire, and connects many schools.

In a neighborhood where most residents can’t afford cars or walk, bike, and take transit already, it’s an ideal street to help many immigrant and mainstream cyclists get to work or get downtown.

Winning this bike lane would be part of a bigger network that LACBC is pushing forth for equitable bike lanes and bike friendly streets (BFS or residential street calming) in South and Central Los Angeles. Because of the high volume of traffic and pedestrians in these neighborhoods and the pothole stricken roads caused by heavy bus traffic, adding bike lanes would inevitably increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists alike by separating us.

We are going to be collaborating with many groups that work with the diverse communities in Westlake and Koreatown on the ground. Our official partners are Council Member Ed Reyes, CARECEN, Acción Westlake, and especially those day laborer cyclists who have worked with City of Lights.

Remember, this is just the first taste of the Bike Plan coming into fruition! LACBC will continue to do heavy lifting to make sure the City implements the plan’s new bicycle policies and programs.

If interested in getting more information or involved in the campaign, contact Allison Mannos, Urban Strategy Director at allison [at] la-bike [dot] org or 213-629-2142.

Sunday Funday Ride: Crosstown Traffic on April 3

March 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 4 Comments
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What better way to enjoy Spring than with a nice bike ride across town where you’ll get to explore your favorite crosstown routes? Come to the Crosstown Traffic Sunday Funday Ride on April 3rd and see some of the best that LA County has to offer.

Postcard image courtesy of Historic Echo Park.

Crosstown Traffic Sunday Funday Ride

Date: Sunday, April 3

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM; Ride at 10:00 AM

Location: Westwood Recreation Center – 1350 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (on Sepulveda Boulevard side of the park near the Aidan’s Place children’s play area)

This ride is an exploration of some of our favorite crosstown routes. When you are used to driving places on the freeway, switching to bike commuting can be a shock. What’s the best route? Which streets are really bike friendly? How can I avoid hills, dangerous intersections, etc. when getting from point A to point B? Planning a route from a bike map or Google maps is certainly an option, but it’s a lot more fun discovering routes with a group!

Led by LACBC Board Member Greg Laemmle, this ride will help you explore options for getting from the Westside to Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, and Downtown LA on a day when car traffic is a little lighter. This ride will also hit some key streets in new City of LA Bike Plan, where the addition of traffic calming measures or road diets could make a real difference in making Bike Friendly Streets even more friendly. Meet at the Westwood Recreation Center, and we’ll ride through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Echo Park, and MacArthur Park (with a lunch stop at Mama’s Hot Tamales).  Return through Hancock Park (via 4th Street) and Beverly Hills.

Length: 28 miles. Estimated to last 4 to 5 hours including ride, food, and rest.

Difficulty: For all riders, including beginners. Ride is relatively slow paced, and if you get tired, easy return via Metro 704 (Echo Park and Sunset) or Metro 720 (Wilshire & Alvarado).

What to bring: Water and snacks as you see fit. Tools and tubes recommended. Dress accordingly. Also bring money (for food and possible bus fare), helmet, bike lock, and sun screen.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels the ride, but with light rain or a drizzle, the ride will go on!

Facebook Event: Feel free to spread the word via Facebook here.

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride marshal, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at carol@la-bike.org.

New English Version of Central LA Better Bike Routes Map Released by LACBC!

September 7, 2010 at 12:42 am | Posted in Bike News, Resources | Leave a comment
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Better Bike Routes Map

Due to heavy demand by both members and fans alike, we are now officially dropping the newly minted/translated Better Bike Routes Map, courtesy of our wonderful volunteer, Woodsin Sandberg. The original (and thorough) map was created for City of Lights’ Spanish Resource Guide. It’s purpose was to help Latino immigrant cyclists navigate safer crosstown routes to get to work from South and Central LA to West LA. We have now made a version for English speaking cyclists available here, as well as under the “Documents for Download” tab of this blog.

Enjoy and we at LACBC hope it helps you create a safer, more scenic journey to get around Central LA. We’d like to encourage others to create their own versions in other cities/areas of Los Angeles to share and supplement our map with. Let us know if you have done so, so that we can link to your map.

Lastly, please check out Woodsin’s bike pannier buckets website, BiciConnex, at: http://biciconex.com/

-allison@la-bike.org

4th Street Bike Blvd. Photos and Renderings

September 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 8 Comments
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LACBC is working to make 4th Street from Hoover Blvd. to La Brea a bicycle blvd., to make it traffic calmed and make it friendlier for bicyclists, pedestrians, children, the elderly and all users.

Recently, Will Campbell took some great photos of the existing conditions and Joe Linton did some really nice drawings to show the possibilities that this street can offer.  Take a look and click on the jpg itself to view a larger image.

4th Street Bike Boulevard Campaign

July 23, 2009 at 1:31 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 4 Comments
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LACBC is working to make 4th Street a true Bike Boulevard!

Background

4th Street refers to the stretch that goes from Hoover Street in Koreatown to Cochran Avenue in Hancock Park

The good news is that 4th Street has a lot of potential. 4th Street is currently a well-used bicycle route and cyclists have already campaigned for it.  In addition, 4th street from Hoover to Norton has already been repaved and it is designated in the new city Bike Plan Map as a “Bike-Friendly Street.”

For more info on past work on 4th Street go to: 4sbb.com

Last Campaign Meeting

We had a successful campaign meeting at Pure Luck in the Bicycle District  on Tuesday, June 30th where we discussed various outreach and design strategies.  The attendees were Alexis Lantz, Aurisha Smolarski, Roadblock, Paul from killradio.org , Joe Linton, Ingrid Peterson, Dorothy Le, and Will Campbell.

We talked about some issues with 4th Street now, which include cracked concrete west of Norton to La Brea, the collection of water due to an underground creek at Hudson, and general traffic calming and intersection needs.

Check out LACBC’s Flickr page for detailed pictures of bad potholes and cracked concrete on 4th Street.

After discussing 4th Street issues, we had some ideas on treatments, which include chokers, sharrows, bulb-outs at corners, adding mini-parks at Catalina and installing a flashing crosswalk at Highland.

We then discussed how to sell these ideas to the public.  Some ideas we came up with were that a 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard would cut through traffic, kids can ride through it, and it works to increase safety on the street.

Current Action Plan

Currently we want to engage the broader public and find potential supporters and develop a more concrete plan.  We decided to contact LACBC members who live in the area, local Neighborhood Councils, schools, planners and architects in the area.  We also are developing renderings that will illustrate what kind of positive changes we envision for the area.

We need you! How can you help?

If you’re a design professional, we need help with creating renderings.  If you’re in the area or know people in the area who would support this project, we need political and public support.  If you know any funding sources, we need help with that.  And of course if you have ideas, input, creativity, we need all the help we can get!  The bigger this campaign the better!

Join us at our next meeting!

When: Thursday August 6th, 6:30pm

Where: Shatto Park, 3191 W 4th St, Los Angeles

The meeting will be picnic style, bring food and drink!

Contact Dorothy@la-bike.org to get involved with this exciting campaign!

Volunteer at the Freewaves Festival!

October 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: Bike Valet at the 11th Annual Freewaves Festival

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 5:30pm-midnight

WHERE: 6500 Block of Hollywood Boulevard (near Hudson St. opposite LACE)

Here’s your chance to represent bike culture at a unique LA event!  More information about the festival available here: http://www.freewaves.org

The LACBC info booth and our Bike Valet will be among groups such as TreePeople and the Friends of the Los Angeles River to showcase eco-friendly living in LA!

There will be street puppets, man-made parks by Park(ing) day L.A., a Fender Blender juicer, an innteractive Watershed Suitcase, a Biodiesel demo, performances by the Bicycle Bell Ensemble, Bike Cite, Bike Ballet on the street, and a whole lot more!

We’ve got two shifts available:

  • 5:30-9 pm
  • 9pm-12am

Email aurisha@la-bike.org if you are interested.

Two Bike Related Events at Eco-village! Come out!

June 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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Upcoming Events!
THE URBAN HOMESTEAD with LACBC Board Member Erik Knutzen!
WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2008 7:30pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, LA 90004

Come hear the authors of the Homegrown Evolution blog and get yourself a copy of their brand-new book ‘The Urban Homestead,’ which covers various topics from raising chickens, to carrying cargo on your bicycle, to canning produce from your garden, to harvesting rainwater, and much more!

Suggested donation $5, no one turned away for lack of funds, proceeds to benefit LACBC and LA Eco Village.
Books sold separately for $15
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MOBILITY AND THE CITY, a Talk with Pascal van den Noort

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2008 7:30pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, LA 90004

Pascal van den Noort is an Amsterdam-based bike advocate and executive director of of Velo Mondial, whose goal is to improve bicycling globally. He will talk about sustainable transportation in a real context and relate it to Los Angeles’ challenges.

Suggested donation $5, proceeds to benefit the upcoming LA Bike Summit. Sponsored by LA Eco-Village, in association with LACBC, Cicle, and CRSP
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