Bicycle Awareness and Safety Campaign

August 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Bike News | 9 Comments
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In April of 2010, LACBC launched the Bicycle Awareness Safety Campaign in partnership with Midnight Ridazz, LAPD, the Mayor’s office and LADOT. Phase one of this campaign consisted of creating a bike safety ad that would be posted at bus shelters and Public Amenity Kiosks (PAK) throughout Los Angeles. The public participated in a slogan contest and the winning slogan was chosen by members of Midnight Ridazz, LACBC, LADOT, LAPD and the Mayor’s office. The poster, designed by Geoff McFetridge, has been finalized and should be printed by next week. LACBC and the Mayor’s office are currently organizing a press conference to announce the slogan contest winner and unveil the Bicycle Awareness Safety Campaign poster.

Phase two of the Bicycle Awareness and Safety Campaign will develop an ongoing safety program with the Mayor’s office. We have proposed that the Mayor do a series of bike awareness and safety public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish for television, radio, local newspapers, magazines, and other media outlets. We are also suggesting the Mayor and Chief Beck do a joint anti-harassment PSA.

LACBC is pushing the Mayor’s office to update and create better links to online bicycle resources on various city websites. Currently it is extremely difficult to find bicycle safety and information resources from the main city website, LADOT’s home page, and the LAPD home page. We would like to see links for bicycle resources clearly indicated on the home pages of LADOT, LAPD, and LA City, as well as link from the online 311 search tool.

Our hope for phase three of this campaign will be for the Mayor and Councilmembers to sponsor quarterly bike education and safety courses around the City of Los Angeles. We would like to work with other advocates who have expressed similar ideas to make this as comprehensive a program as possible. In addition, we would like to see the Mayor’s office work with LAPD in establishing a comprehensive system to facilitate reporting bicycle incidents. And finally, LACBC proposes that the Mayor lead a Celebrity Bike Ride in conjunction with the Ciclavia event in October.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved.

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.

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.

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