Recap from the 12th Annual Los Angeles River Ride

June 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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This past Sunday, June 12th, we celebrated our 12th Annual Los Angeles River Ride! Beginning as a small ride a dozen years ago, this ride has grown to become LACBC’s biggest event and biggest fundraiser with over 2,000 participants from LA County and beyond! Your ride fees help support the creation of a better, more bike-able LA County.

All of these would not be possible without the riders, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters that make it all possible. We have a lot of people and groups to thank this year.

Photo by Brian Minami

Photo: Brian Minami

Photo: Brian Minami

Photo: Allan Crawford

Photo: Allan Crawford

A great big thanks to REACT security. These guys were all over the route looking out for everyone’s safety. They are an amazing group of radio aficionados who are putting their hobby to good use.

Thanks to GEKlaw and Howard Krepack, recipient of the Howard D. Krepack Service to Cycling Award. This award will from this day forward be given once a year to someone who, like Howard, gives so much of themselves towards making a better bike-able Los Angeles County.

Thanks as well to Specialized, Incycle, Cynergy Cycles, and the County Supervisors Don Knabe, Michael Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky for not only the gifts of the bicycles to children living in foster care, but for making the ride free to kids 12 and under. We couldn’t do it without them!

Thanks to the Laemmle Foundation, Tern Bicycles, and Locke Lord LLP. These folks not only sponsor the event, but they also have given hours and hours of their personal time helping LACBC fight the good fight.

Tern Bikes is responsible for the newest ride this year, the Reverse 70-Mile Ride out of Long Beach and back!  They–along with the City of Long Beach, Women on Bikes, and Walk ‘N Rollers–made everything at Shoreline Aquatic Park materialize. Thank you to the Long Beach crew!

Thanks to our good friends at Metro, New Belgium, CLIF Bar, and REI. Their longtime support has made these institutions synonymous with LACBC. Adding to that longtime support, thank you YES sports, Cafecito Organico, Sparklett’s, I.Martin and Helen’s Cycles.

Thank you to The Autry National Center for hosting the event. And thanks to the neighbors at Warner Brothers studios. They generously offered to buy tickets for their employees so they could enjoy the ride. Wonderful!

Thanks to the City Council Members Eric Garcetti, Tom La Bonge, and Ed Reyes.

Thanks to KOA and CH2MHill. These guys not only donate, but they ride 70 and 100 miles. They mean business!

Thank you to VBT for donating a biking tour of Tuscany to our high fundraiser.

Thanks to Books, Bikes, and Bananas for all the volunteer help! Thank you to Major Motion, Crankin Time, “The King” and all of our other “vest worthy” River Ride Marshals, Route Markers, Pit Crews and SAG support team.  Excellent job, one and all!

Thanks to Amgen, Tour of California, DT Swiss, Yelp, and 100.3 The Sound. We love you!

You can check out photos from the LA River Ride on our LACBC Facebook Page.

The Los Angeles River Ride: Turning It Up to 11!

June 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 2 Comments
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Two Sundays ago, on June 5th, we saw over 2,000 riders of all ages and abilities roll out in perfect riding weather for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride! We’re in our 11th year, and each year we are always amazed at how much time, energy, and dedication so many people give to make the River Ride what it is.

Top 3 photos: Allison Mannos/LACBC, Bottom photo: Kim West

Thank you to our River Ride Committee, a mix of staff and volunteers that began meeting in January and has spent countless hours planning this event. We had over 150 volunteers on the day of the ride checking you in at registration, leading and caboosing your rides, cutting and serving fruit, directing parking lot traffic, making sure you got your raffle ticket, entertaining and helping at pit stops, and more. We also had several volunteers before the ride loading supplies, running the popular REI pickup on Memorial Day weekend, answering the LACBC office phones for River Ride inquires, entering registration data into our system, marking the route with those colorful arrows and signs, and more! We still have volunteers inputting data and following-up in this post-River Ride haze. It takes a mini army of volunteers every year, and we are always so thankful that we get such enthusiastic, dependable, and giving people.

In addition to our volunteers, the River Ride could not have been possible without so many other people and groups. Thanks to County Supervisors Don Knabe, Zev Yaroslavsky, Michael Antonovich, Gloria Molina, and Mark Ridley Thomas. They, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Paramount, Youth Educational Sports, and Moms in Motion, made our Kids’ Rides, Safety Rodeo, and other activities possible. As a result, all kids 12 and under were able to ride for free, and some lucky children received free bicycles!

Thank you to Specialized for your support and the bikes for the kids. Special thanks to REI for all the support we have received over the years, both financial, in-kind, and technical (these videos rocked); GEKlaw, our partners in safety and justice;  the Laemmle Foundation and LLB&L who both support us in so many ways; Herbalife; New Belgium for the support and the yummy beverages that keep us going and help us celebrate; our longtime friends at Metro, Good Samaritan Hospital, CH2MHill and LA World Airports; and our new friends at Warner Brothers, 100.3 the Sound, and KOA Corporation.

Thank you to Sparkletts, Clifbar, Pitfire Pizza, and Cafecito Organico for the food and beverage donations. Thanks to DT Swiss, Helen’s Cycles, Cynergy Cycles, I Martin Bicycles, and Incycle of Pasadena for their donations and all the tech and moral support.

A special thank you to the Autry National Center for hosting this event, plus Eliya-USA and Awards Plus for helping us put all the pieces together.

And of course, thank you to Grand Marshal Austin Nichols; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman; Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his Deputy Isaac Burks; Councilmember Eric Garcetti and his deputies Mitch O’Farrell and Arsen Melikyan; Ed Reyes and his deputies Jill Sourial, Lupe Vela, and Sonia Jimenez; and the Cities of Maywood and Long Beach.

Lastly, thanks to all the riders for coming out as we could not have a River Ride without you! Your registration fees all benefit the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and our work to make LA County a safer place to ride. Also, thanks to those who signed up for membership. The River Ride may happen once a year, but LACBC works year-round  and if you haven’t joined us to become a member, please sign up and be part of the change.

As you can see, so many people come together to make this great event possible. Through this ride we are building a community that supports better biking in LA and a completed and newly revitalized Los Angeles River. We hope to see you all next year as we celebrate a dozen years of the LA River Ride!

View some of our photos on Flickr and Facebook. Our friends at PhotoCrazy also have photos along the route available for purchase.

Become an LACBC Super Hero(n) at the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride & Win Big!

April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Become an LACBC Super Hero(n) at the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride and win big! You won’t egret it!

LACBC created the River Ride back in 2000 when the organization was just a toddler as a means of providing much-needed funds to grow into the strong and feisty little pre-teen that we all know and love.  As our signature event, the Annual Los Angeles River Ride is LACBC’s opportunity to gather the bicycling community together and ask them to ride with us, explore the LA River, learn more about us, become members, and donate.

As you may know, the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is coming up on June 5th. If you love the LA River, the Annual LA River Ride, and LACBC, take the opportunity of the River Ride to become an LACBC Super Hero(n): fundraise for LACBC as a River Ride participant! It’s simple, and top fundraisers will win some of the best prizes that LACBC has ever had.

Top prizes are:

  • a stellar commuter bike package worth over $1,000 courtesy of REI that includes a Novara ETA Bike,  a helmet, an OnGuard Bulldog Standard U-Lock, and Novara Transfer Panniers
  • a set of Mon Chasseral wheels from DT Swiss
  • our beautiful 11th Annual LA River Ride Jerseys

Herbie Huff, an LACBC River Ride fundraiser from last year, says: “My friends and family know that I ride and that I care about making LA a better place to bicycle. I thought the River Ride fundraiser was a great time to ask them to donate money to the cause. It was very easy – I just sent out an email to everyone I knew explaining the advocacy work LACBC does and reminding them that I’m involved. I showed them the link to donate and welcomed them to contribute any amount.  About 30 of my friends gave. In the end, I felt great sharing my passion for bike advocacy and my love for LACBC with so many of my friends.“

How do you become an LACBC Super Hero(n)?

Let’s break it down. Between your personal donation, immediate family members, and closest friends, you could be able to raise between $500 and $1000.  After that, consider your colleagues at work or school. Take a few minutes to send a message every one of your Facebook friends.  Then, ask your church, club, or employer to match the funds you have raised. Perhaps businesses you frequent would be willing to match funds as well.

As great as it is to tackle a challenge and win a prize, helping out a cause you love is a reward in and of itself.

To get started, please visit the 11th Annual LA River Ride fundraising page and set up your own page. You can then personalize and modify this LA River Ride Fundraising Letter Template to send to your friends, family, and acquaintances. If you have questions, contact JJ Hoffman at lariverride@la-bike.org.

Thank you, and we’ll see you out riding on June 5th for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride!

LACBC Teams Up with ‘One Tree Hill’ Star Austin Nichols for LA River Ride

April 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 6 Comments
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11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride Grand Marshal Austin Nichols

We are proud to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride is Austin Nichols, star of the CW’s One Tree Hill and The Day After Tomorrow! Come join Austin, LACBC, and over 2,000 riders as we ride the newly revitalized Los Angeles River on Sunday, June 5th, 2011!

“I would like to thank the LACBC for inviting me to be the Grand Marshal for this outstanding ride,” says Austin. “Ever since I jumped on a bike I have had dreams about a cleaner world.  Less cars, cleaner air and healthy, happier people. It is incredible how many problems two wheels can solve.”

Austin originally grew up in Austin, Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and attend the University of Southern California. An avid athlete, he was once a competitive water skier.

As a cyclist, Austin started riding for exercise, but since traveling to the Gulf of Mexico during last year’s oil spill, he has begun to use his bike instead of a car whenever possible. After a trip to Uruguay where Austin was inspired by construction workers who rode to and from work laughing and enjoying themselves together, he also witnessed how riding builds a sense of community. Austin recently was able to experience the community that CicLAvia harvested in LA’s streets this past weekend as he rode with Mayor Villaraigosa, Lance Armstrong, and CicLAvia’s hundreds of thousands of riders and participants. Austin, like LACBC, wants to urge our local officials to strive for more and improved bike infrastructure.

To some in the bike community, Austin (@Aus10Nichols) is best known as the originator of  the #twowheeltuesday hashtag on Twitter. He began using it last summer, and his Twitter followers responded with Tweets about where they were riding their bikes. Riding one day a week—to class, to work, to the store—is an excellent way to start making an environmental difference and appreciate your community.

On June 5th, Austin, LACBC,  and over 2,000 other riders will be celebrating a “Two Wheel Sunday” as we ride across LA County during the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. With six bike rides to choose from—100, 70, 50, 36, and 15 miles plus a ride and safety rodeo for the kids—there is something for bicyclists of all ages and all abilities. Austin Nichols and LACBC hope to see you then!

LACBC Presents the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 5th!

January 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 20 Comments
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If you’ve never participated in our signature event, the Los Angeles River Ride, it’s a great year to start! If you’ve participated in several River Rides, you’ll be sure to have another exciting time as we have listened to your comments and made changes and improvements to the ride! Register today!

11TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES RIVER RIDE
When: Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Where: Autry National Center (map)
4700 Western Heritage Way
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
Register online today at la-bike.org/lariverride!
SAVE $10 when you register before May 13!

6 GREAT RIDES TO CHOOSE FROM

All ages, all abilities, all along the scenic LA River Bike Path!

  • 100-Mile Century Ride
  • 70-Mile Park to Playa Ride
  • 50-Mile Half-Century Ride
  • 36-Mile Training Ride
  • 15-Mile Family Ride (kids 12 & under ride FREE)
  • Kids’ Ride & Safety Rodeo (for young kids ages 2-6, they ride FREE courtesy of Paramount City Parks & Recreation)

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

  • New Elysian Valley pit stop
  • New path portion from Fletcher to Figueroa is finally open after years of fighting for it, and this means that 99% of the Family Ride will be on a Class I Bike Path! See footage from the ribbon-cutting ceremony in December and read our blog posts on it.
  • The Century Ride will feature a new and improved path based on your many comments
  • Kids 12 and under ride free this year courtesy of Paramount City Parks & Recreation
  • Newly designed 11th Anniversary River Ride Jerseys by Voler. Pre-order yours today when you register!

WHAT’S THE SAME?

  • LACBC members receive a discount on ride registration.
  • Not a member? Now’s the time to join LACBC at a discounted price and support better bike infrastructure in LA County.
  • Additional discounts for club members
  • Great food, informative booths, and entertainment at the Finish line
  • A great day of cycling fun along the ever-greening LA River!

Stay updated: RSVP to our 11th Annual LA River Ride Facebook Event and find our LA River Ride Facebook Fan Page!

General questions about River Ride? Contact JJ Hoffman, River Ride Coordinator, at lariverride@la-bike.org.

Questions about River Ride registration and/or membership? Contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at RRRegistration@la-bike.org.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Martin Lopez-Iu & Erik Alcaraz, River Ride Volunteer Coordinators, at RRVolunteer@la-bike.org.

 

Thanks for helping to build a better, bike-able LA County!

LACBC 2010 Accomplishments

December 22, 2010 at 10:02 am | Posted in Bike News | Leave a comment
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2010 has been a very good year for LACBC and the bicycling community. We have continued to increase our staff, grown our email list, increased our membership numbers by 10% and have also enjoyed multiple campaign successes. Our regional reach has expanded to include cities such as Culver City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, South Bay, and Long Beach, and we continue to become more active with low-income immigrant communities. New bicycle advocacy chapters, such as South Bay Bicycle Coalition and Culver City Bicycle Coalition, were created in partnership with LACBC while already existing groups like Santa Monica Spoke and UCLA Bicycle Coalition have only grown stronger.Through grants and fees for service, we’ve had a an increase in Bike Valet gigs and a win of 2 major grants from the County Department of Health (a third in which we’re a partner on) and the David Bohnett Foundation.

Some of our 2010 Campaign accomplishments include the striping of the 1st Sharrows in Los Angeles. After 6 years of relentless delays, LACBC was able to celebrate the striping of Sharrows on 6 streets throughout the City of Los Angeles. Sharrows have also been added to the LA City Bike Plan as an additional bikeway marking to be implemented on Class III Bike Routes.

Throughout the year, LACBC has met with key City Councilmembers, Mayoral staff, LADOT, the City Planning Department and other advocates to address cyclists’ concerns, build political support, and gain commitments for a stronger L.A. City Bike Plan. We continued our efforts started in 2009 with the Better Bike Plan Campaign to reach out beyond the cyclist community to gain backing from public health organizations, environmental groups, chamber of commerce, community organizations, and neighborhood councils. After two years of work, the City of Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning released the final draft of the 2010 LA Bike Plan in December and through the collaborative efforts of LACBC, Bikeside, Joe Linton and City Planning we have been able to gain the approval from the Planning Commission on a Plan that we can all support.

Measure R 10% for Bike/Ped After nearly two years of petitioning the Metro Board, Mayor Villaraigosa and City Council, LACBC helped secure a full 10% of Measure R Local Return funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects for the 2011 fiscal year. On April 28th, 2010, the final votes were cast and cheers rang out through the chamber as bicyclists and pedestrians emerged victorious with an 11-3 yes vote. This is a groundbreaking change for LADOT and an exciting opportunity for our city to shift towards more sustainable, healthy and safe transportation by providing a continuous source of revenue to do so.

The Give Me 3 Poster Campaign, part of a larger Bicycle Safety and Awareness Campaign was the 1st official on-street awareness poster campaign in Los Angeles. It was conducted in collaboration with Midnight Ridazz, and the The City of LA. This poster campaign also launched the Mayor’s 3-foot Passing Law initiative at the legislative level.

LACBC has been working on the 4th Street Bike Boulevard campaign for over a year, continuing the work that members of the bike community have been doing for years. We’ve gained support from several neighborhood councils and business improvement districts, local individuals, and L.A. Councilmember Tom LaBonge of CD4. 4th Street is also currently at the top of LADOT’s priorities for building “bicycle-friendly streets,” a new term developed in the draft update to the City of L.A.’s Bike Master Plan and has already received Sharrows on the entire length of 4th Street, bringing it that much closer to becoming the 1st Bicycle Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The Anti-Harassment Ordinance was approved by City Council to draft an ordinance providing for attorney’s fees and a $1000 award or damages, whichever is higher. LACBC, with the help of other local bicycle advocates provided recommendations and helped to push this forward in Transportation committee

City of Lights, our unique program that outreaches to Latino cyclists, held its first Annual Awards Dinner. We raised money to support our Spanish language safety education and repair classes and our BiciDigna program, a bike repair co-op space at a day laborer center that started in January 2010. Recently, the day laborers who attended mechanic classes were honored at a certification ceremony. Our 1.5 year long battle to get more bike parking in Pico-Union also yielded fruit: 43 new racks hit the ground in Fall 2010.

CicLAvia was incubated through the LACBC and inspired by the famous street closures in Bogotá, Colombia. Various LACBC volunteers, staff and other environmental organizations came together for the purpose of promoting and planning livable, car-free streets. LACBC helped to foster this concept and together, with the entire bicycling community, were able to enjoy the 1st of what we hope to be many more CicLAvias in Los Angeles.

LACBC celebrated its 10th Annual River Ride this year. It proved to have the highest attendance to date. We had over 2000 riders participate in our Tenth Anniversary Ride offering five distance/route options, the longest of which spanned the length of Griffith Park near Glendale to Seal Beach.

LACBC coordinated 3 Ed Magos Justice Rides which were instrumental in creating the media attention needed to bring the issue of hit-and-runs to the attention of LAPD Chief Beck, LA City Counil and the City Attorney’s Office. The Ed Magos case will serve as an example of how future hit-an-runs should be treated with fair and just process.

The Bike Wrangler program was created this summer and is supported by a grant from the L.A. County Department of Health. The Bike Wrangle program is an initiative created by the County Cycling Collaborative (CCC) which includes LACBC, the Bicycle Kitchen, the Bikerowave, the Bike Oven, the Valley Bikery and C.I.C.L.E. The Bike Wrangler works to recover abandoned bicycles and redistribute them to underserved communities. The LACBC will work with C.I.C.L.E. to distribute recovered bicycles at its community riding workshops which will be funded under the same grant. A warehouse / workshop space is currently being established at 1205 West 6th Street (@ Lucas Ave.).

LACBC Streetside Outreach Pitstops just started this Fall with the goal of reaching out directly to bicycle commuters and recreational riders alike. We provided sustenance (Bicycle Bread, cookies and brownies) and basic bike services (air, chain lube) and in return, we got enthusiastic sign ups for the e-newsletter and members. In a couple of hours on a good street intersection, we’ve managed to create a stir with the food and get over 50 email addresses for LACBC.

LACBC created the 1st Spanish Bicycle Resource Guides and completed the update of the new English Resource Guide. Over 600 Spanish Guides have been distributed and English Guides are available at Skylight books and soon to be available at REI stores.

In the past year, the Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets initiative has been a part of numerous successes. A city-wide bicyclist and pedestrian count was conducted, Sharrows were painted on five streets in Glendale (with more to come), the city and the LACBC stepped up Bike Month in May and received an official Bike Month Proclamation from the Mayor. The Riverdale/Maple Neighborhood Greenway has been improved by installing curb extensions and planting nearly 100 new trees along the entire corridor and bike racks were installed outside Glendale City Hall – the result of our advocacy and site recommendations. Additionally, we led site visits to Long Beach and Berkeley that were attended by Glendale City Staff, Commissioners, and elected officials. In September we introduced the Public Draft of the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan, a set of policy recommendations aimed at supporting and encouraging walking and biking in Glendale for years to come. This is the primary goal of our Glendale project and we’re working towards adoption of the Plan in 2011.

The South Bay Regional Bicycle Master Plan was funded by Los Angeles County Department of Health’s RENEW grant Initiative in 2010 to facilitate more cycling and bike infrastructure in seven different cities within the South Bay region. LACBC has been brought on to coordinate the efforts between the 7 cities and with Alta Planning.

LACBC would like to thank everyone – members, volunteers, city staff and political leaders for all the support in helping to move LA towards a more bike-able future.

What We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
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photo by Gary Leonard - courtesy http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/

We have so much to be thankful for this year! First off we want to thank our wonderful volunteers, supportive members, and dedicated interns. You are what keeps LACBC moving and grooving! It is because of you that we have been able to expand our efforts, events, and our staff.

We are thankful for an amazing and ever-growing bicycle community, for collaborations with other advocates, social justice and environmental organizations all working to make positive changes in Los Angeles for people who need or chose to bicycle.

In the City of Los Angeles we are especially thankful for the 10% Measure R local return set aside for bicycle and pedestrian projects, a very successful first CicLAvia, the Give Me 3 Poster Campaign, sharrows on our streets, the largest River Ride yet, the new LA River Path extension, 73 bike parking racks in Pico-Union, all the fun social rides, and so much more.

We are thankful for the work of Heidi Sickler from Mayor Villaraigosa’s office. She has been a behind-the-scenes champion for bicycle improvements and CicLAvia, and has worked on addressing many of the issues brought forth at the Mayor’s Bike Summit and through the Bike Plan process.

We are thankful for Chief Beck making a commitment to changing LAPD’s relationship with the bicycling community and for the work of Sgt. Krumer.

In the County of Los Angeles we are thankful for seven south bay cities working together towards bikeability and the passing of the Culver City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. We are thankful for our regional partners; Santa Monica Spoke, the Culver City Bicycle Coalition, Better Bike Beverly Hills, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, Long Beach Cyclists, West San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Coalition, and all of the local groups working to make their communities more bike-able.

At the county level we are especially thankful to Mayor Villaraigosa for pushing through ten bicycle program directives to make bicycle connectivity with transit better and to increase the amount of funds available to cities around the county for bicycle projects through Metro Call for Projects. We also want to thank Metro staff and leadership for creating the Metro Bicycle Roundtable program and for working to address the issues the bicycle community has identified and to accomplish the Mayor’s directives.

Finally we want to thank all the people riding bikes in Los Angeles County everyday – each of you contributes – just by riding your bicycle – to making Los Angeles a better and more bike-able county. Thank you for riding your bike!

We want to hear from you – what are you thankful for this year?

LACBC 2010 Goals and 2009 Accomplishments

January 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
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2009 was a great year for bicyclists. We are excited about 2010 and are looking forward to a year full of exciting campaigns, advocacy, and education efforts.

  • Launch Separated Bike Lane pilot on Huntington Blvd in Boyle Heights
  • Work to get a bike lane installed on 7th Street
  • Continue building relationship with LAPD by establishing an enforcement education workshop with LAPD
  • Increase bike parking city-wide starting with 30-40 locations in LA
  • Get Sharrows Pilot launched and on LA City streets
  • Get a Better Bike Plan approved that includes timelines and substantially more designated bike lanes
  • 4th Street Blvd—Gain neighborhood buy-in to develop political support and have the city adopt a commitment to implement
  • Create more opportunities for partnership with business community, environmental groups, and social justice groups
  • Expand our reach to more cities across LA County, in addition to Glendale, Culver City, Long Beach and South Bay cities
  • Create a bike repair space at Downtown Job Center and develop a Bike Repair Job Certificate program with the Bicycle Kitchen
  • Improve policy for bikes on Metro transit
  • Finalize the Resource Guide both in Spanish and English
  • Ensure that 10th Annual River Ride is LACBC’s best ride ever

2009 Accomplishments

In 2009, LACBC worked tirelessly to achieve milestones in the development of the organization to continue to fulfill our mission through campaign and advocacy successes and progress, program development, fundraising achievements, and planning achievements as well as membership increase.

LACBC has expanded capacity on multiple levels. We have increased our staff, grown our email list, increased our membership numbers, and have enjoyed multiple campaign and fundraiser successes. We send out highly informative weekly newsletters keeping our members on the forefront of bike news as it happens. We have expanded our reach and have become more involved with other cities in LA County such as Glendale, Long Beach, Culver City and South Bay. In the City of LA we have become much more visible in diverse neighborhoods. In 2009, we have seen a substantial increase in amount of press coverage by 300% as compared to last year. Through letters of appeals, grants, fee for service, and affinity group fundraising we’ve had a 200% increase in letter of appeal funding, 40% increase in grants and fee for services, and 30% increase in affinity group fundraising. LACBC’s existing partnerships with festival, community, and bicycle-club sponsored events have been strengthened by our bike valet and outreach efforts. In 2009 we have seen a 15% increase in memberships. We now have 1,000 members! Our capacity has grown so much that in August, we hired a coordinator for our membership and volunteer efforts and for our campaign and communication efforts.

Some of our 2009 campaign accomplishments include saving the Reseda Bike Lane from the claws of peak hour parking. This summer, unbeknown to all, LADOT had plans to install peak hour parking along this street which would make it virtually impossible to stripe with the already approved bike lanes. We worked with the Bicycle Advisory Committee, C.I.C.L.E., the local neighborhood councils, businesses, and other advocates to overturn the peak hour decision and gained support for the bike lanes. They have now striped one of the 4 miles promised.

LACBC conducted the 1st LA Bike Count. Most major U.S. and European cities have them, but LA did not. We counted at over 50 locations in the City of LA at key intersections, with the help of 100 volunteers over a 3-day period. We counted over 20,000 cyclists, which is a substantially higher number than was reported by the 2008 American Community Survey. We will have a report finalized by the end of January 2010.

LACBC, in partnership with the City of Glendale, conducted a city-wide Glendale Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count in September.  Eighty-five volunteers recorded bicyclist and pedestrian counts at 24 locations to establish a base-line of data for Glendale and the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Counts will be conducted at the same locations in September of 2010. Both Glendale counts are a part of the PLACE Program which is funded by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Car-Free Fridays, started in January 2009, has been a highly successful campaign in highlighting the benefits of riding a bike and encouraging new riders to start commuting by bike at least one day a month. We were able to initiate collaboration with some Councilmembers who sponsored rides, solicit great media attention, and create valuable relationships with local businesses and organizations. We have developed a Car-Free Friday/Share the Road PSA, which is now gaining air-time on local radio stations. Other cities are now taking our Car-Free Friday model and replicating it in their areas such as Pomona, Santa Monica, and Long Beach.

LACBC has been actively involved in the LA Bike Plan. We have worked with C.I.C.L.E, the Bike Writers Collective, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Bike Oven, and local blogs such as Streetsblog and Biking in LA. The collaboration between a diverse number of bicycle organizations has made bicycle efforts in Los Angeles stronger. LACBC has attended public meetings, issued comments and suggestions, rallied our members and other cyclists to submit comments, and sent in postcards in support of our requests. We have met with key City Councilmembers, Mayoral staff, and the LADOT general manager and staff, as well as members of City Planning to address our concerns, solicit support, and gain commitments for some important elements lacking in the plan. We have created a Better Bike Plan Campaign to reach out beyond the cyclist community to gain support from public health organizations, environmental groups, chamber of commerce, community organizations, and neighborhood councils to gain support for a better bike plan.

Shared Lane Markings, or Sharrows, has been an ongoing campaign for LACBC. This pilot project was introduced to LADOT 5 years ago. It sat on their desks for 4 years, with one delaying excuse after another. This year, we have worked in partnership with Councilmember Eric Garcetti, who has championed the project and, with much perseverance through letter writing and meetings, we have gained Mayoral support as well. We have acquired the necessary funding and are now in the final throws before we see the launch of the pilot in 2010. We are happy to see that because of our efforts in highlighting the benefits of Sharrows and promoting them as a cost-effective and easy to implement bicycle infrastructure, Sharrows have been implemented in other cities in LA County such as Long Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, Hermosa Beach, and Whittier. 

The City of Lights Program was created in January 2009 to reach out to low-income Latino cyclists, a large and often unrecognized part of the cycling community who are underserved. In April 2009, City of Lights teamed up with the Central American Resource Center’s (CARECEN) day labor center provide bicycle lights and safety information in Spanish to Latino cyclists. We have given out over 300 bike lights, offered three educational workshops providing safety tips, bike maintenance, and legal rights, as well as been awarded a grant from Kaiser Permanente to continue this work. We have organized a bike ride to create a sense of community and fun and are now engaged in an advocacy campaigns to increase bike parking by more than double the current amount in the workers’ neighborhoods by early Spring 2010. Going forward, we are creating a self-sustaining bike repair space at the Institute de Educacion Popular del Sur de California’s (IDEPSCA) downtown day labor center to debut by Spring 2010. All these efforts are aimed to empower this community to participate in bicycling advocacy, to improve their neighborhood’s bicycling facilities, and diversify and expand the bicycle advocacy movement.

Due to our efforts in communicating with Mayor Villaraigosa and other key members of the LA Metro Board and LA City Council we have gained the much needed support in gaining the 10% set aside from Measure R Local Return for Bikes/Peds. Initially it had been 0%. This will total to around 18.1 million dollars for 5 years, which will be a significant increase for the City of Los Angeles.

LACBC played an active role in bringing attention to Los Angeles’ defunct Bicycle License program. After recommendations from LACBC, LA City Transportation Committee, LADOT, Bike Writers Collective, BAC, Midnight Ridazz, and other bicycle advocates to discontinue enforcement of the law, LA City Council moved to repeal the law, and the Bicycle License is no longer a requirement and can no longer be used as a tool for ticketing cyclists.

CicLAvia has been a group since mid-2008, incubated through the LACBC and inspired by the famous street closures in Bogotá, Colombia. Various LACBC volunteers, staff, and other professionals came together for the purpose of promoting and planning livable, car-free streets. LACBC helped to foster this concept to the point that in Fall 2009 it has now become an independent collective that is working in partnership with LACBC and other environmental organizations. A pilot Ciclavia will debut in East Hollywood Spring 2010.

LACBC’s Annual LA River Ride has seen its participation more than double over the last few years. This year we had close to 2,000 participants. The ride has become so successful; it gave the LACBC the means to donate a combined total of 100 brand new bicycles to underprivileged children in LA County. We also expanded the amount of volunteers and donations greatly. In addition to promoting bicycling, the ride has served to showcase the state of the LA River.  Thanks in part to this attention, and in some cases as a direct result of the ride, many improvements have been made to the River. New parks dot the banks from LA down to Long Beach, graffiti has been removed, and the path as been re-striped from the City of Maywood down to Long Beach and most recently, the area from Fletcher to Figueroa is in the midst of being repaved.

More Accomplishments:

  • Through ongoing meetings with Mayoral staff, Councilmembers, and high level LADOT staff, bicycling has become more visible in politics
  • Midnight Express Ride
  • Partial Repaving of 4th Street as part of  the ongoing 4th Street Bike Boulevard Campaign
  • Established relationship with LADP to build education workshop
  • Established Green Business program
  • Expo Bike Path to parallel Light Rail
  • Involvement with the adoption of Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Bike Friendly Resolution
  • Completed Transit Hub Project
  • Development program with REI for bike education program for youth.

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