LACBC’s City of Lights Program Honored with National Best Practices Award

March 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Bike News | 3 Comments
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Last night, LACBC’s City of Lights program was honored with the Best Practices Award from the Alliance for Biking and Walking at the 2011 Advocacy Awards Reception in Washington D.C. Our own Alexis Lantz and Marissa Christiansen are in our nation’s capital for the National Bike Summit this week and were on-hand to accept the award on LACBC’s behalf and live-tweet the news.

¡Felicitaciones, Ciudad de Luces!

You can read more about the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s description of the Best Practices Award below:

The Best Practices Award goes to an organization that serves as a model for other bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. In 2010, countless individuals and a number of advocacy organizations drew information and inspiration from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The LACBC’s City of Lights initiative elevated the conversation about “invisible cyclists” – men and women who ride bicycles but whose voices aren’t heard and needs aren’t acknowledged because of language or economic barriers. Through thoughtful outreach and, more importantly, true collaboration, the LACBC is changing the dialogue among city officials about urban planning, bringing new cyclists into the movement and, expanding the scope of the bike-ped movement to address critical issues of social and economic justice.

Congratulations to all of the other 2011 Advocacy Award Winners: Bike Pittsburgh (Advocacy Organization of the Year), Jackie Douglas of Livable Streets – Boston (Advocate of the Year), New Belgium Brewing Company (Business Advocate of the Year), Michigan Complete Streets (Winning Campaign of the Year), Stephanie Routh of Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award), and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (Innovation Award).

Marissa Christiansen & Alexis Lantz of LACBC accept the Best Practices Award for City of Lights on LACBC's behalf at last night's Alliance 2011 Advocacy Awards Reception. Photo: Alliance for Biking & Walking - Flickr

Thank you to the Alliance for Biking and Walking for recognizing our work. And thank you to all the City of Lights volunteers, participants, supporters, and sponsors for making this program happen!

River Ride Recap

June 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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photo; flickr/lacbc

The Tenth Anniversary River Ride was our largest ride to date! We had well over 2,000 participants. We made a promise that this would be the best River Ride ever and it more than lived up to that promise. With the addition of many new wonderful sponsors and the returning support of our longtime supporters, LACBC was able to reach out to many more families. More than triple the numbers of young riders joined us this year. We are definitely building the next generation of cyclists through our kids ride.

The adults had fun too. This year the pit stops were terrific with lots of snacks to choose from. The 70 and 100 milers enjoyed homemade empenadas and the 50 milers got sandwiches. We also added a new pit stop at Hollenbeck park in Boyle Heights. All the pit stops saw an increase in volunteers and information.

After the ride, participants enjoyed  great live music from returning band Stone Cold Blues and new musical acts, The Manic Theatricals and the fantastic, LA River Swim Team. The food was excellent, the beer flowed and the Great Chiweenie frolicked!

We were also very proud to have special 10th Anniversary jerseys for sale and every rider received a free T-shirt.

Most of all thank you to all the volunteers who dedicated a lot of time and energy to help make this the best River Ride ever.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

If you missed it, you missed out! Be sure to join us for next year’s River Ride as it is always our goal to make the ride better than the one before. It will be a tall order trying to top this year’s!

To view some pictures from the ride, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30824624@N04/sets/72157624239745288

Sharrows Finally On The Streets of LA!

June 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Bike News | 13 Comments
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Sharrows are finally on the ground in Los Angeles, photo; facebook/lacbc

This morning we watched the installation of the City of Los Angeles’ first Sharrows, painted on Fountain Ave. in East Hollywood where City Council President and sharrows champion Eric Garcetti’s 13th district is located.  For LACBC this marks a very important victory and we’re hoping today will be turning point for Los Angeles.  Sharrows have been used in cities all across the U.S., in Canada and even in Australia. Los Angeles however had still not seen a single official shared lane marking.  But today we can say that LA has sharrows and they are here to stay. We’ve got videos and photos from this morning’s painting that we will be posting later today.

We would like to thank Council President Eric Garcetti for his leadership and help pushing through the effort to see sharrows on Los Angeles’ streets. We would also like to thank Mayor Villaraigosa for his support and help in solidifying funding from SCAG, ensuring that this project could actually happen. Thank you to the the David Bohnett Foundation for funding LACBC’s portion of the tasks and to LADOT for finally getting paint on the ground.

There are 5 more locations where DOT will be painting sharrows in the coming weeks, so look forward to more sharrows news. LACBC will be finalizing the sharrows pilot project through the summer and early fall, and will continue to work to identify streets that can benefit from sharrows as they become a standard part of the toolbox used to make this city a better place to bike.

Mayor Villaraigosa’s Response to LAPD’s Brutality Against Bicyclists

June 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Bike News | 7 Comments
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Last Friday, we composed a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and delivered it in person to his office. We called for him to show leadership on the city of Los Angeles’ response to  LAPD brutality caught on video at the May 28 Critical Mass bike ride. What follows is the Mayor’s brief response to our letter, which he asked us to post on our blog:

Bicyclists have every right to use our City streets and to be treated with courtesy and respect—both by drivers and law enforcement.

I fully support LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s efforts to improve the relationship between cyclists and police officers, and I was very   disappointed  to hear about the confrontation in Hollywood on May 28.

The video from that night is disturbing. The LAPD is conducting a full investigation of this incident, and I have complete confidence in Chief Beck’s commitment to making the City’s streets safe for everyone.

—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

We invite you to post your comments about this alarming incident, and how you think that the mayor and the city should respond.

10th Annual River Ride is This Sunday, City Still Won’t Let Us On the New Stretch of the River Path

June 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 2 Comments
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LACBC staff and volunteers at this morning's River Ride exhibition ride; photo, LACBC facebook.

LACBC’s 10th Annual LA River Ride is this Sunday, June 6th, and if you haven’t registered yet you can still come out this weekend and be a part of all the fun. Day-of registration will be at the main lawn south of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and you can find out more info on the River Ride website about ride times and everything else going on this Sunday.

This an enormous weekend for us and we’re looking forward to all the great times to come. But we’ve already had to explain to a concerned River Rider why the City has refused to allow us to use the newly paved stretch of the River path around Fletcher Blvd (even though numerous people already do so every single day). The reason? A delay in the installation of railing and the City’s concern over the liabilities associated with this.

What follows is an email response that our River Ride Coordinator Janette Hoffman sent out, and we thought we’d share it with everyone coming out this weekend. Though this is still something that disappoints everyone at LACBC, it also motivates us to continue fighting for the continued restoration of the River as a viable public space .

Continue Reading 10th Annual River Ride is This Sunday, City Still Won’t Let Us On the New Stretch of the River Path…

Mayor Villaraigosa Needs to Respond to Last Friday’s LAPD Brutality Against Bicyclists

June 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Bike News | 3 Comments
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We just dropped off a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa asking him to address the City of Los Angeles’ “discriminatory treatment of bicyclists…that extends beyond just the police department.” While making sure that the LAPD investigation into last week’s excessive use of force by officers in Hollywood is carried out in full, and that the department continues to train officers in the fair , responsible, and safe treatment of bicyclists, we’re calling for the Mayor to respond to the root causes of the problem bicyclists face.

  1. We urge the Mayor to work with the LAPD to actively support the bicycling community by partnering to sponsor bicycle events, including the street opening event CicLAvia.
  2. We urge the Mayor to work with the LADOT to immediately implement multiple high-profile bicycle lane projects already approved in the city’s 1996 Bicycle Master Plan and the 2009 Downtown Street Standards.
  3. We urge the Mayor to step forward and publicly voice City support for bicycling as a valid means of transportation in the City of Los Angeles.

Read the full length of our letter to the Mayor.

Finally, we got word that Manny Gallegos, who took the video of last week’s incident of LAPD brutality against bicyclists and was tackled by officers for doing nothing more than filming, filed a civil rights  lawsuit against the LAPD. A press conference was held Downtown today at 2pm and we will keep updating  as the case progresses.

LACBC and Regional Groups Meet

June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 2 Comments
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Recently LACBC hosted the first of many Regional meetings, which included representatives from South Bay Bicycle Coalition (Todd Dipaola), San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Coalition (Vincent Chang and Joseph Leon), Santa Monica Spoke (Cynthia Rose and Bryan Beretta), UCLA Bicycle Coalition (Herbie Huff), Glendale (Colin Bogart), and West Hollywood (Kevin Burton).

Some of the purposes of meeting was to bring together various regional groups associated with LACBC  to share ideas, resources, and understand how each group could help each other symbiotically grow the bicycle community.

While each group is in a different level of development,  we discussed some common goals and philosophies- that bicycle facilities and infrastructure are very important and a priority, that we need to help grow the bicycle community and reach out to would-be and everyday cyclists, and that we need to work to educate police departments, motorists and bicyclists on bicycle safety and laws.

Some next steps arising from the meeting:

  • A meeting is set for around July 28th, at LACBC Headquarters, 634 S. Spring Street LA 90014
  • A google group is being created for interested folks to participate in regional issues
  • Websites for each various group will be linked to each other

So if you are involved in your local region in LA County, or you just want to learn more,  please e-mail Dorothy@la-bike.org.  Also look out for a notice about the next meeting in July!

we are a silly group also!

Sharrows Test Rides Kick Off, 2 More Weeks Before Paint on the Ground

May 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Bike News | 6 Comments
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Volunteer Donna Chazanov takes the lane during the Sharrows Test Ride, photo:flickr/LACBC

A big shout-out to all our Sharrows Test Ride volunteers who came out this week to help push the City of LA one week closer to seeing the first ever official sharrows in this city. We test rode two sections of town that will be getting sharrows painted third week of June, making 100 passes on these streets while LADOT recorded how cars reacted to bicyclists taking the lane—which sharrows will direct bikes to do. The experience was altogether enlightening and felt as if simply riding the street was helping to make them safer…which was exactly the case.

We’ve got two more weeks of test rides and then it’s up to LADOT to put the paint on the ground. We’ve been keeping tabs and all signs have pointed to everything being on schedule, so stay tuned to make sure the city holds up its end of the bargain.

Mechanically Inclined Volunteers Needed to Help with BiciDigna Bike Repair Space!

May 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 1 Comment
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Calling all of you bike mechanic afficionados! Those of you that love nothing more than the sweet smell of grease, the clanking of tools, the ticking of freewheels. If you like fixing bikes and speak Spanish, we need you!

BiciDigna (“A Dignified Bicycle” in Spanish) is an exciting new collaborative project of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Kitchen, and IDEPSCA. We are a community bike repair space at the Downtown Community Job Center, and work with Latino cyclists every week. We began our project out of the great need for low-cost bike repair and bikes, with the vision of creating a community fixture where Latino cyclists can congregate and fix bikes, and host bike rides.

Ideal volunteers would be interested in some or all of the following: Speak at least intermediate Spanish, feel very comfortable fixing bikes, and doing some light building/construction (i.e., building cabinets for bike tools, etc.) We typically do bike mechanic workshops once a week in the morning. Please contact allison@la-bike.org or visit http://ciudaddeluces.wordpress.com for more information and how to get involved!

LACBC Celebrates Bike to Work Day in Style

May 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 3 Comments
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This morning, LACBC set-up a Bike to Work Day energy station in front of our headquarters at 634 S. Spring Street.  We were up bright and early, from 6am-9am.  Joining us was Marin from Clifbar, promoting the two mile challenge and our amazing volunteers for the day, Ingrid, David, Lewis, and Ross.  Over 50 folks came by and we handed out Clifbars, new Metro Bike Maps (2010 edition), Go Mambo bags and La River Ride info.  We had a great time talking to folks about biking and we hope that more and more folks will join in in the future.  To biking in Los Angeles- each one of us cyclists and soon-to-be cyclists makes a big difference.  Thanks for supporting!

For more photos, click here.

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