Pico-Union Neighborhood Scores More Bike Racks!

November 29, 2010 at 11:00 am | Posted in Bike News | 2 Comments
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After a year and a half of working with Councilman Reyes and LADOT, more and more bike parking racks are being installed around Los Angeles. So far, a large amount have been installed in the neighborhoods of MacArthur Park and Pico-Union, thanks to LACBC and City of Lights’ advocacy efforts. As discussed in previous blog posts, the neighborhoods that needed racks the most frequently lacked racks, a common environmental justice issue.

We were very excited to see the installation of racks in front of CARECEN Day Laborer Center last month, as well as the recent installation in front of the IDEPSCA Downtown Community Job Center where BiciDigna is hosted. We had requested these two sites, in addition to the Van Nuys IDEPSCA Day Laborer Center. Yet, we don’t want to forget that this was a neighborhood wide campaign. The goal was to get bike parking racks not just at worker centers, but also at widely used stores, consulates, immigration services providers, and other key community sites in the area.

LACBC is proud to let you know at least 45 racks will be installed in the area, with potentially more, once installation backlog clears. We had originally only requested 35-40 locations (click for entire list of requests here), but thanks to LADOT’s strategy of blanketing an intersection directly adjacent to an approved request, we were able to leverage our requests and bring 28 additional racks to the neighborhood than we had initially imagined.

That is a 62% increase from our requests! ¡Órale!

More statistical goodness: Almost 100 (73, to be specific) racks are actually hitting the streets of a low-income neighborhood! Click here for Westlake locations where LADOT has recently (as of Summer 2010) installed racks.

-allison@la-bike.org

Bike Parking Racks Installed in Pico-Union; Day Laborer Cyclists Delight

October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Bike News | 6 Comments
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Today’s press event was a brief, but victorious day for low-income cyclists and City of Lights. In about 4 minutes, our one year long campaign to get more bike parking in Pico-Union, neared closer to completion.

LADOT and their contractor showed up nice and early to the CARECEN Day Labor Center this morning to install 4 racks. As Jose Veliz of CARECEN mentioned, these racks have been sorely needed for the last 7 years that the center and its working cyclists have been around. Many of the workers cheered after Councilman Reyes, LACBC, and Jose spoke about the symbolic and practical impacts of the racks as baby steps towards greener, more equitable, and bike friendly neighborhoods.

Thanks to Councilman Reyes’ Office, CARECEN, and LADOT for helping us make this vision come alive!

Today’s installation, in tandem with our Better Bike Plan and 4th St. bike boulevard campaigns, will create a new vision for an LA that is no longer defined by cars, but by livable streets.

Jose and Allison Celebrate!

Jose and Allison Celebrate!

 

-allison@la-bike.org

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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City of Lights Bike Parking Rack Campaign Update!

September 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Bike News | 6 Comments
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As some of you may recall, City of Lights started a campaign back in Summer 2009 to get the Pico-Union, MacArthur Park, and Rampart Village neighborhoods surrounding the CARECEN Day Labor Center saturated with much needed bike parking racks. Many places that the cyclists we worked with, such as markets, consulates, and social service offices lacked the U-shaped bike parking racks that would allow them to lock up and feel safe and welcome.

CARECEN Day Labor Center Where Some of the New Racks Will be Installed in October

 

This resulted in City of Lights and community volunteers obtaining the proper specifications for rack placement from LADOT with the help of Councilman Reyes’ Office and measuring key community sites. For a complete list of our requests, click here.

After submitting 35-40 requests to LADOT in January 2010, we waited for months in limbo while LADOT lost a key Bikeways staff member and the City of Los Angeles’ General Services, entangled in a deep malaise of bureaucracy, failed to quickly renew the bike parking installation contractor.

As of September 2010, we now have new Bikeways staff who are chipper and helpful, a renewed contract, and some day laborer cyclists who are about to be pleasantly surprised when the racks hit their neighborhood.  Stay tuned for our bike parking press event at the CARECEN Center coming out in October!

-allison@la-bike.org

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