2nd Annual City of Lights Awards Dinner Honors Luminaries, Brings on the Fun

October 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 4 Comments
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LACBC staff and City of Lights volunteers present CoL co-founder Allison Mannos with a new wheel with a light. Photo: Jonathan Yee, WYTe Studios

Last night, over 100 people gathered at La Fonda Supper Club for the 2nd Annual City of Lights Dinner and Benefit Concert! Together, we celebrated the nationally recognized City of Lights program that works to outreach to low-income, mostly Latino people who ride bikes.

Emceed by actress Miriam Isa, we celebrated the work of the City of Lights program, the people making CoL possible, and those working to improve the lives of the local Latino community. Lisa Waring of event sponsor GEK Law addressed the crowd. Last year’s City of Lights dinner honoree Councilmember Ed Reyes, welcomed the audience in the pre-taped video and lauded the City of Lights program for their work advocating for the 7th Street Bike Lane. We then honored Laura Torres, a native of Boyle Heights, with the Streetlight Award for her on-the-street efforts organizing DREAM Riders’ rides. Next up, we honored East Hollywood native Hector Tobar, a writer and columnist for the LA Times with the Shining Light Award for shining a light on the struggles of Latino immigrants. Mr. Tobar also provided a signed copy of his new book The Barbarian Nurseries for the live auction. Other live auction items included artwork, bikes from REI and Tern Bicycles, and a one-of-a-kind pine cone chandelier.

Hector Tobar is presented with the Shining Light Award. Photo: Andrew Wong, WYTe Studios

We heard from day laborer and one of the stars of our 7th Street Bike Lane video Jose on his experiences with the City of Lights program. Mayor Villaraigosa then addressed the crowd by video as he accepted the Leading Light award for being a leader in local bike advocacy. The LACBC staff and City of Lights volunteers then presented CoL co-founder and former LACBC employee Allison Mannos with a wheel with a built-in generator hub and light to for the work she’s done at LACBC and with CoL.

We ended the night by picking up goodies from the silent auction, mingling, and dancing the night away to the music of the mariachi group Trio Ellas.

Special thanks to our sponsors: BioLogic and Tern Bicycles; GEK Law; Kim and Lester Mannos; Lourdes Lopez, Locke and Lord Law Firm; Councilmember Ed P. Reyes; El Maestro Bicycle Shop; Cinco Puntos; Abel Valenzuela; Jay Slater; Clemente Gomez; and Hector Rodriguez.

Attendees get their party on! Photo: Andrew Wong, WYTe Studios

Thank you also to our in-kind donors who made both the live and silent auctions possible: Mia Nakano, Steve Boyd, Aaron Kuehn, Harpal Sodhi, Lalo Alcaraz, Kristen Erickson, Gustavo Muniz, Ken Haber, Tim Smith, Rome Gee, Center Theatre Group, Laemmle Theatres, Orange 20 Bicycles, Ernesto Vasquez, Scoops Ice Cream Shop, Lourdes Lopez, Kelly Martin, the Bicycle Kitchen, Steve Mattson, Allen Bleyle, Brenda Yancor, Silver Lake Wine, REI, Michelle Quinones-Chino, the Ortheum Theatre, Big 5 Sport Goods, the BiciDignarios, Louise Marler, Kelly Cruz, Eric Almanza, Colin Bogart, Raquel Trinidad, and Margie Mannos.

Thank you to all who attended; the volunteers and City of Lights committee who put this together; the honorees; our emcee Miriam Isa; La Fonda Supper club; WYTe Studios photography; and all of City of Lights’ supporters. We’ll see you next year!

Read more about the night in Spanish in El Pasajero! See photos from the event on our Facebook Fan Page.

Everybody Bikes in LA: Thanks, Los Angeles, for CicLAvia and Tour de Fat

October 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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Bicyclists ride down the 4th Street Bridge in Boyle Heights during CicLAvia. Photo: Andrew Wong, WYTe Studios

Everybody bikes in LA! If you weren’t from around here and visited Los Angeles this weekend from out-of-town, you would have thought that LA was the bikiest city ever! With Saturday’s Tour de Fat reeling in the eccentric and costumed bicyclists and Sunday’s CicLAvia attracting everyone you know including your mom and Bobby Gadda’s mom, this weekend was pretty great.

Thank you, Los Angeles, for reminding us of how great our region is this past weekend. Since the first CicLAvia launched over one year ago, we’ve noticed how common it is to use CicLAvia images for all bike-related materials. The LA Bike Plan, various Los Angeles bike articles, and even our LACBC membership brochure. We know that these photos of bike-topia don’t necessarily represent what LA looks like on a daily basis, but we’re always giddy that these images depict a real movement taking place and know that this is what we can strive for on a daily basis.

It is estimated that 130,000 people attended this CicLAvia, and roughly 1,500 came out to Tour de Fat (it was fun seeing many of you on BOTH days). We hope events like CicLAvia and Tour de Fat continue to keep inspiring new people to explore Los Angeles by biking and walking daily. Too often we talk to people who don’t ride a bike regularly, but given the knowledge and tools to ride well, the facilities and policies to make our rides safer, and the inspiration (perhaps at events like CicLAvia and Tour de Fat), they’d be willing to give it a try.

We’d like to thank everyone who made Tour de Fat, CicLAvia, and LA’s bikiest weekend possible!

Los Angeles raised $17,000 for LACBC, C.I.C.L.E., and the Bicycle Kitchen at Tour de Fat on Saturday. Photo: LACBC

At Tour de Fat, attendees helped raise $17,000 for LACBC, C.I.C.L.E., and the Bicycle Kitchen— three local organizations that are making biking safer and more enjoyable for both those who ride, and those who will ride in the future. Thank you, Tour de Fat festival go-ers! Thank you to the New Belgium Brewing Company for always supporting bicycling and just being so downright awesome. Thanks to all the volunteers, including LACBC’s Tour de Fat volunteers for registering our many parade participants, for providing ride support, and for valeting bikes.

Thanks to all who participated in CicLAvia. Thanks to the CicLAvia organizers and all the other sponsors and partners that have made this movement a success. Thanks to the army of volunteers that made CicLAvia, fun, safe, and possible. Special thanks to our LACBC bike valet volunteers at El Pueblo and Little Tokyo. Thanks to all who have donated to CicLAvia to keep the event free (if you want to keep the movement going, please consider donating here.) Mark your calendars now: The next CicLAvia is April 15th, 2012!

Don’t think that just because this weekend is over, that the bikey fun stops too. We encourage you all to ride your bikes, dress up in costume, meet up with your favorite people, and celebrate and explore Los Angeles all the time!

See photos of Tour de Fat and CicLAvia on our Facebook page.

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!

The Boss (Bruce Springsteen, that is) Helps Out LACBC

April 15, 2011 at 7:19 am | Posted in LACBC Events, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

In a unique fundraising opportunity, we want to let you know that all local Laemmle screenings of The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’ will benefit the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)! All screenings will also feature Springsteen merchandise raffles.

The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town combines never-before-seen footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978 , including home rehearsals and studio sessions with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former-manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record. Directed by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny, The Promise has received a rapturous critical response around the world, including at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the BFI London Festival, and International Rome Film Festival. More info on the film here. And for more on Bruce, visit backstreets.com or brucespringsteen.net.

Screening Dates in LA

Thursday, April 28        7:30 PM            Playhouse 7 – Pasadena
Saturday, April 30         11:00 AM         Monica 4-plex – Santa Monica
Sunday, May 1                 11:00 AM         Monica 4-plex – Santa Monica
Monday, May 2               7:30 PM            Sunset 5 – West Hollywood

Just purchase your ticket at the door or online (UPDATE: click on theatre links above to purchase), and 50% of all sales will benefit the only County-wide bicycle advocacy nonprofit that works to make LA County a more bike-able place: LACBC! No codes, no coupons, no secret passwords–it really is that simple!

So don’t leave LACBC dancing in the dark. See this movie, cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to ride!

Thanks to Laemmle Theatres and Emerging Pictures for making this all possible!

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!

Join us for LACBC’s 2nd Annual Mid-Winter Merriment at the Library Alehouse on Dec. 28

December 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Posted in LACBC Events | Leave a comment
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LACBC’s having a fundraiser next week, and we want you there to help close out 2010! We think the name of the event is incentive enough to come, but in case you’re wondering why you should come, we’ve come up with list of 10 reasons you should come out to LACBC’s 2nd Annual Mid-Winter Merriment at the Library Alehouse (in no particular order):

  1. You get to see many of your favorite LACBC Staff, Board, and Members all in one place. We’re pretty cool cats, you’re pretty cool cats. . . let’s hang out!
  2. LACBC’s former Planning & Policy Director Dorothy Le is back in town and will probably be there. We know how much everyone misses her (and how much she misses you), so come by and say hi. UPDATE: She’s a busy person, so she’ll try very hard to make it.
  3. Fifteen percent of all sales that day benefit LACBC, so you’ll be supporting bicycle advocacy just by eating and drinking. Bring your friends!
  4. We know not everyone lives on the Westside, but the fundraiser lasts all day from 11:30 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. so hopefully during that 11.5-hour time period you can come over during a time that works for you.
  5. We’ve got tons of great raffle prizes including a Dahon folding bike. UPDATE: Other raffle prizes include Torelli Tipo Uno track bike, Patagonia outdoor gear, Garmin 500 GPS system, NiteRider Lighting System, REI packs & gear, Vigor helmets, 220 Fitness Gym memberships, DVD packs, signed “Give Me 3″ posters, LA River Ride jerseys, and more!
  6. If you’ve been itching to become an LACBC member but just haven’t gotten around to it, sign up on the spot and make bicycle advocacy your new year’s resolution for 2011!
  7. The Bruery will be there tapping kegs of 3 French Horns and Rugbrød and serving Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper. This is all in addition to the Library Alehouse’s 29 unique microbrews and select imports on tap and international bottled beers. Not to mention, there’s wine and food. The Library Alehouse just rules!
  8. Santa Monica Spoke, a Chapter of LACBC, will be providing bike valet after 5:00 P.M. So not only will you have a place to park your bike, but you can meet some the friendly folks at SM Spoke.
  9. It’s Two Wheel Tuesday, and this could easily be your best Two Wheel Tuesday yet!
  10. We had a ton of fun here last year and we can’t wait for history to repeat itself. We hope to see you all on December 28th!

What: LACBC’s 2nd Annual Mid-Winter Merriment at the Library Alehouse
When: Tuesday, December 28th – Come any time between 11:30 A.M. and 11:00 P.M.
Where: Library Alehouse – 2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405  (map)
More info: Facebook Event

Many merry thanks to the Library Alehouse, Santa Monica Spoke, Dahon, Patagonia, Vigor, Torelli, Art Center College of Design, 220 Fitness Concepts, REI, and Helen’s Cycles.

Support LACBC, at No Extra Cost to You, While Shopping at Ralphs

April 24, 2009 at 12:53 am | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | Leave a comment

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It’s free to sign up! Every time you shop at Ralphs, using your Ralphs Rewards Card, a percentage of your purchase will go to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. You’ll help to raise funds for LACBC while retaining all of your Ralphs Rewards Card benefits.

How can I sign up?

If you already have a Ralphs Rewards Card:

1) Complete a one-time registration form with the Community Contribution program:


2) Click the ‘Enroll’ button and fill out the online form. You will need your card number.

3) Login and enter LACBC’s Nonprofit Organization (NPO) Number: 83993 in the Community Contribution form.

If you have an outdated Ralphs Club Card,  or you DO NOT have a Ralphs Rewards Card:

You will need to upgrade to a Rewards Card. It’s free and you can do this online at https://www.ralphsrewards.com/ or in any Ralphs store. Then, just follow instructions (#1-3) up above.

Once registered, you’re all set!

Every September, you’ll have to re-register. Don’t worry, LACBC will remind you when that happens!

Forgot your Ralphs Rewards Card number? Call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

Thank you!

LACBC Online Store Up and Kickin’-Check Out Our Awesome Tees!

November 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | Leave a comment

LACBC’s Holiday Store is LIVE!

Whether shopping for bikey friends or yourself, LACBC’s new online store has what you need!  Choose from 4 hip designs, featuring artwork by design contest winners Charley Bell, Gustavo Muniz, and Leslie Caldera.  Fashion tees come in great colors, are locally made in the US, and your purchases support LACBC!

What better way to say Happy Holidays?


Imagine Rocking This Tee!

Imagine Rocking This Tee!

Schwinnmasters Bicycle Club Picnic + Raffle!

June 25, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | Leave a comment
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Schwinnmasters is a Bicycle Club based in Compton, Ca, which works to promote peace and a healthy way of life through bicycling.

Proceeds from their Raffle at the Picnic will go towards presents for children during the holidays.

WHEN: Saturday, June 28th, 11:00am-6pm
WHERE: Scheer Park
4600 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach,
CA 90805

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