Compton Creek Letter of Support

July 21, 2009 at 12:01 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 2 Comments
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Recently, LACBC submitted a letter of support to the Army Corps of Engineers, at the behest of LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, for a Compton Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study.  If funded, this study will serve to unify all studies done on the Compton Creek Watershed, and be a way for bike path projects along the Creek to be funded.  LACBC will continue to take action on this issue, to ensure safe bike access along this creek and other rivers and tributaries.

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Colonel Thomas H. Magness, IV

District Commander

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Los Angeles District

P.O. Box 532711

Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325

Dear Colonel Magness:

REQUEST TO INITIATE COMPTON CREEK ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION STUDY

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a membership supported advocacy organization working to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life in Los Angeles County.  We are interested in the Compton Creek Watershed because it has the potential to be multi-beneficial for the environment and all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Home to more than 700,000 residents, the Compton Creek Watershed drains a highly urbanized 42.1 square miles of the Los Angeles River Watershed within the Cities of Los Angeles and Compton and the unincorporated Willowbrook community.  While a segment of the creek has retained a natural river bottom, the majority of the waterway has been paved with concrete and the surrounding lands have been almost completely developed.  As a result, outdoor recreational opportunities in the surrounding communities and along the creek are limited, water quality is degraded, water conservation opportunities have not been realized, and open space and natural resources, such as plant and wildlife, have been greatly reduced.

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District and the Corps have expressed a concern that in the wake of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mandated Levee Certification Program, the Compton Creek levy system must be upgraded; otherwise, an unmitigated flood risk to the lower reach of the creek may arise.  A plan to better understand current flood control capacity and flood risk in the area is essential for public safety and the economic viability of the surrounding community.

Ultimately, the plan should result in the successful development of projects that incorporate these multiple-benefit opportunities and invest millions of dollars of Federal, State, and local funds to enhance the watershed and its recreational and transportation amenities, including those for bicyclists and pedestrians.  We urge the Corps to undertake this study and look forward to working with you in its development.

We very much appreciate your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Klausner

Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

c:          Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation

Elected Officials/City Managers, Cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach and

Compton Department of Public Works

Transit Hub Project Update!

October 9, 2008 at 1:33 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | Leave a comment
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As you may already know, LACBC and Metro are working on a Concept Access Plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to 6 Transit Hubs across LA County.

For those of you who could not make the meetings or want to find out more, the LACBC website has been updated with a “Current Projects” tab, which includes a history, updates and Powerpoint presentations of the Newhall and Van Nuys stations’  existing conditions and recommendations.  Please check out this link for more info: http://www.la-bike.org/current_projects/current_projects.html. LACBC strongly encourages you to review these if you weren’t able to attend the meetings and email dorothy@la-bike.org any comments or suggestions you have so that they may be included in the final report.

This month, Metro and LACBC are holding last of the Stakeholders meetings, and LACBC will be doing a final field assessment to finalize the plans. We will post the next powerpoint presentations for Compton, Florence, Vernon and Rosa Parks Metro Blue Line Stations as they are finalized.  Please check the website for regular updates.

Thanks for being active citizens!

Attention Cyclists! Your help needed in Watts!

June 27, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: A community walk and bike tour/meeting to assess the bikability and walkability to the Rosa Parks Metro Blue/Green Line Station. The community meeting is part of a comprehensive study of existing conditions and recommendations for improvements at transit hubs across the Los Angeles County.

WHEN: Saturday, July 12th, 10am-1pm, Lunch is provided

WHERE: Mona Park, 2291 E. 121st Street, Compton 90222

Bike parking available

RSVP: Dorothy Le Dorothy@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142. RSVP required for lunch.

More info about LACBC: www.la-bike.org

More info about Metro bike planning: http://www.metro.net/projects_plans/bikeway_planning/default.htm

Attention Cyclists! Your help needed in Vernon!

June 27, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: A community walk and bike tour/meeting to assess the bikability and walkability to the Vernon Blue Line Station. The community meeting is part of a comprehensive study of existing conditions and recommendations for improvements at transit hubs across the Los Angeles County.

WHEN: Saturday, July 19th, 10am-1pm, Lunch is provided.

WHERE: Fred Roberts Recreation Center, 4700 S. Honduras St. Los Angeles, 90011

Bike parking available

RSVP: Dorothy Le Dorothy@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142. RSVP required for lunch.

More info about LACBC: www.la-bike.org

More info about Metro bike planning: http://www.metro.net/projects_plans/bikeway_planning/default.htm

Compton Meeting Recap: Mayor, City Councilmembers, and community members in attendance

June 17, 2008 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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Saturday’s Community Meeting in Compton was a major success! With the Mayor of Compton, City Councilmembers Dobson and Calhoun, a 16-year old from Carson High School, members from Compton Schwinnmasters Bike Club, cyclists from across LA County (Long Beach, Burbank, Downtown LA to name a few), it was truly a community event, and of course LACBC and Metro staff, it was a truly community event.

We learned about and provided input to the LACBC/Metro Transit Hub Project, plans for a new pedestrian oriented Compton Transit Center from City Engineer, Chuck Bergson, walked and bike around the area, and provided inportant feedback to both these projects.

Click here to read more about the May 31st Van Nuys Community meeting in Damien Newton’s LA Streetsblog.

We hope to see you at the following meetings in Florence, Watts and Vernon, respectively:

June 21, 10am-1pm, Meeting Location: Roosevelt Park, 7600 Graham Ave, LA 90001, Next to Florence Blue Line Station

July 12th, 10am-1pm: Meeting Location: TBA, near Rosa Parks Blue/Green Line Station
July 19th, 10am-1pm: Meeting Location: TBA, near Vernon Blue Line Station

Attention Cyclists! Your help needed in Florence!

June 12, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: A community walk and bike tour/meeting to assess the bikability and walkability to the Florence Metro Blue Line Station. The community meeting is part of a comprehensive study of existing conditions and recommendations for improvements at transit hubs across the Los Angeles County.

WHEN: Saturday, June 21st, 10am-1pm, Lunch is provided

WHERE: Roosevelt Park, 7600 Graham Ave, LA 90001,

Adjacent to Florence Blue Line Station

Bike parking available

RSVP: Dorothy Le Dorothy@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142. RSVP required for lunch.

More info about LACBC: www.la-bike.org

More info about Metro bike planning: http://www.metro.net/projects_plans/bikeway_planning/default.htm

Attention Cyclists! Your help needed in Compton!

June 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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WHAT: A community walk and bike tour/meeting to assess the bikability and walkability to the Compton Metro Blue Line Station. The community meeting is part of a comprehensive study of existing conditions and recommendations for improvements at transit hubs across the Los Angeles County.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14th, 10am-1pm, Lunch is provided

WHERE: Martin Luther King Transit Center Ballroom, 404 North Tamarind Avenue

Across the street from the Compton Blue Line Station

Bike parking available

RSVP: Dorothy Le Dorothy@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142. RSVP required for lunch.

More info about LACBC: www.la-bike.org

More info about Metro bike planning: http://www.metro.net/projects_plans/bikeway_planning/default.htm

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