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Climate Ride: Meet & Greet Next Thursday, Plus Win Free Registration and a Laemmle Theatres Movie Pass
It's our first year participating in Climate Ride, and we are so excited to have our team together!
Meet and Greet with Climate Ride Director Blake Holiday
Are you interested in joining LACBC's Climate Ride California Team this May, but still have some questions first? Come to the Team LACBC Climate Ride Meet & Greet and have your questions answered by Climate Ride Director Blake Holiday, meet other Team LACBC members, and get a sneak peek on why Climate Ride is the ride of a lifetime!
When: Thursday, April 4: 7:30 PM
Where: Century City (RSVP to receive location information)
Laemmle Theatres Contest As part of Laemmle Theatres' commitment to green energy and sustainable transit, Laemmle has a new contest that could have you riding the scenic Northern California coast as part of Team LACBC, with Laemmle making the $2,400 required donation and/or covering registration for your ride and granting you a Laemmle Theatres pass for the rest of 2013!
Here's your chance to ride with LACBC board member Greg Laemmle and Team LACBC on the ride of a lifetime!
There are 4 prizes in total, including:
3 Second Prize Winners
win an Unlimited Laemmle Movie Pass for the remainder of 2013 (good for you and a guest to any regular screening at any of Laemmle Theatres' seven locations)
win free registration to Climate Ride California, May 19-23, and ride with our fearless leader and cycling advocate Greg Lemmle as part of Team LACBC. Riding with Greg Laemmle and the team is an experience you will not soon forget!
1 Grand Prize Winner
win all of the above, plus receive $2,400 as a contribution to their Climate Ride from Laemmle Theatres.
To be eligible, you must enter the contest using the form. You must include a statement on "why you want to ride with Greg Laemmle." Winning statements will be chosen by a panel of judges.
How Climate Ride works:Climate Ride California (May 19-23, 2013) is a 5-day, fully-supported bicycle ride from Fortuna to San Francisco under towering redwoods, through the Russian River Wine Country, and along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route - one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. First you register, reach the fundraising minimum and train for the ride, then come along and for an amazing riding, epic scenery, and great speakers for a remarkable experience. There is still time to join the LACBC team and/or make a donation to our team.
Bike Updates from around the County: Support Still Needed for Bike Lanes on Lankershim
North Hollywood: The Daily News covered some of the arguments in support of and in opposition of the proposed bike lanes on Lankershim Blvd. While a proposal to install bike lanes on Vineland instead of Lankershim keeps being brought up, our own campaigns and policy manager Alek Bartrosouf sums up why these lanes need to be on Lankershim: "We find that this community has a real opportunity to connect people with two major (Metro) stations and local businesses. We're being offered an alternative that does not serve this goal in a safe and convenient way." Read the article here.
If you haven't already, please sign this online petition to support bike lanes on Lankershim and Cahuenga.
South LA: This week the MyFigueroa project unveiled new streetscape designs that include cycletracks and transit lines. Come to the updated streetscape design presentation on Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 PM at Andrew Norman Hall Orthopaedic Hospital at 2400 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, 90007 to learn more. More info.
West Hollywood: Sharrows were recently painted on the West Hollywood portion of Fountain Ave. Save the date for a ride with local chapter West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition on Sunday, April 7th at 10 AM. Meet at WeHo City Hall parking lot; loop around Fountain and end back at City Hall for an easy 4-mile ride! More info.
Glendale: The April 2nd election in Glendale is NEXT WEEK and will include the city council election, with 3 seats up for grabs. Local chapter Walk Bike Glendale has received responses from some of the candidates in response to its walking and bicycling candidate survey. Check out the responses from Jefferson Black, Sam Engel, Laura Friedman, Roland Kedikian, Herbert Molano, and Ara Najarian, and remember to vote on April 2nd!
Ride Figueroa (& Colorado): Important Meetings Next Week Turnout to Wednesday's meeting to consider buffered bike lanes on Colorado was great! Twenty-nine people spoke in support of bike lanes on Colorado, but our job in NELA isn't over! There are two more meetings where bike lanes will be discussed. Can you attend next week and speak in favor of the proposed projects along Colorado and N. Figueroa?
Colorado Bike Lanes at Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
When: Tuesday, April 2; 7 PM
Where:Eagle Rock City Hall - 2035 Colorado Blvd., 90041
N. Figueroa Bike Lanes at Highland Park Neighborhood Council
When: Thursday, April 4; 7 PM
Where: Highland Park Senior Center - 5807 N. Figueroa St., 90042
Councilman Huizar is currently looking for feedback on these proposed projects. Help us help you convey our message of safety first for all road users. Please come!
And if you haven't already, please sign this online petition in support of bike lanes on Figueroa.
3-Foot Passing Bill Reintroduced for a 3rd Time
This week, Steven Bradford of Gardena introduced another safe passing bill in AB 1371. Unlike SB 910 and SB 1464, the previous 3-foot passing bills, AB 1371allows motorists to briefly cross a double yellow line to pass a person riding a bike. and even requires a minimum three-foot distance when passing people riding in bike lanes.
You can read more about the new 3-Foot Passing Bill at Cyclelicious.
Rick Risemberg has prepared the following petition to show your support for the 3-foot passing bill. Sign it today!
Many thanks to all who came to last week's How Bike-Friendly Places Are Made. Thank you to our special guest speakers Matt Benjamin, Brett Hondorp, and Ryan Snyder; our food and refreshment sponsors and donors Golden Road Brewing, Jarritos, Jessie Holzer, Ryan Johnson, and Herbie Huff; Michael MacDonald for the great poster design; and the entire Planning Committee!
CicLAvia - To the Sea Hits Venice Blvd. on April 21
Get ready for 15 miles of open road that will connect downtown Los Angeles to the beach through Venice Boulevard's transformation into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and exploring the city from a new perspective.
Free of charge and open to everyone, we hope you come and invite your friends.
CicLAvia - To the Sea
When: Sunday, April 21; 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, Mid-City, MacArthur Park, Downtown Los Angeles (map)
LACBC is once again coordinating volunteer efforts for CicLAvia. If you'd like to help with pre-production or during the event, please email CicLAviaVolunteer@gmail.com.
13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 9th LACBC's biggest ride returns on Sunday, June 9th.
13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
When: Sunday, June 9, 2013 Where: Start at the Autry Center at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The Los Angeles River Ride is:
8 great rides for all ages and abilities! We have a 100-mile Century, 70-mile ride, 70-mile Reverse Ride (starting in Long Beach and ending there), 50-mile, 36-mile, 25-mile Reverse Ride (from Long Beach), 15-mile Family Ride, and Kids' Bike Rodeo. All rides are supported with volunteer ride marshals.
A great way to explore the Los Angeles River and Los Angeles as a whole. This County is more connected than you think, and LA really does have a river. Learn more about what Los Angeles has to offer on this ride.
LACBC's biggest fundraiser. Your registration fees help us work for a better, more bike-able LA County. Want to do more? Sign up for LACBC membership with your River Ride registration and get $10 off the regular membership price.
We don't have solid stats about how many dooring collisions happen in LA County each year. Still, anyone with enough riding miles has seen the driver of a parked vehicle open his/her door without looking, potentially blocking the rider's path of travel and leading to a collision with the door. Such collisions can result in serious injuries and sometimes death. The risk is real, but you can protect yourself by riding outside the door zone.
Riding outside the door zone means staying at least 3 feet to the left of cars parked on the street. If someone unexpectedly opens a door, you can ride right past.
Know that the 3 foot distance is not absolute, many riders use 4 or 5 feet as a guide. A lot depends on the vehicle's door width, which you don't really know, but 3 feet should be your absolute minimum.
Riding further left of parked vehicles and more into the flow of traffic may feel strange or unsafe, but you are actually safer and it will feel natural over time.
When present, Sharrows help to guide you outside the doorzone, but you should always focus more on your distance from the parked vehicles.
To anticipate a door swinging open, notice cars that have just parked ahead or look for someone in the driver's seat.
Understand that your speed plays a factor in your door zone position. For example, if you are riding slowly uphill and can stop within a car-length or less, you probably don't need to ride outside the door zone. As with many riding situations, be alert and use your best judgement.
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: SoCal Connected Covers Local Bike Plan Progress
This week, SoCal Connected on KCET covered the state of the Los Angeles Bike Plan, as well as some of the benefits and concerns that some have in implementing these bike facilities. Check out this fair and balanced segment, which features interviews with familiar faces like Don "Roadblock" Ward of MidnightRidazz and Wolfpack Hustle, Nate Baird of the LADOT Bike Program, and councilmember Paul Koretz.
In other news to get you excited about biking to work, Serena Williams, the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world, biked to work in Miami to avoid traffic, and easily won her match. She even tweeted a photo of herself on a bike with some words of wisdom, "When traffic is bad jump on a bike and go to work." She plays in the semifinals of the Sony Ericson Open tonight.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Bicycle Safety Learn & Ride
When: Saturday, March 30; 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: Palomares Park - 449 East Arrow Highway, Pomona
An Evening of Pedestrians and Parklets with Margot Ocañas
When: Thursday, April 4; 6 PM
Where:LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room (1st Floor) - 634 S. Spring St., 90014
Last year, Margot Ocañas was hired as the City of Los Angeles' first Pedestrian Coordinator to work on making the streets more inviting and safer for everyone who walks in LA. Join the Los Angeles Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation for an evening with to discuss parklets and local pedestrian issues! Then check out two of the City's parklets right across the street. See Facebook event.
N. Figueroa Bike Lanes at Highland Park Neighborhood Council
Touring LA County with LACBC & Where to Bike: LA Roubaix
When: Sunday, April 14; Meet at 8:30am; ride at 9:00am
Where: The Trails Cafe - 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles
Join LACBC and Where to Bike for a 35-mile LA Roubaix, the Los Angeles equivalent of Paris Roubaix (pronounced 'ru-BAY' and a springtime, Easter tradition in France). The ride will take us into car-free, backcountry areas of Griffith Park, to Silver Lake, through the city's second-largest park, Elysian Park, and swing past Echo Park Lake. We'll finish our loop at The Trails Cafe, where we can dig into well-deserved treats like fresh-squeezed lemonade, great coffee, home-baked quiches, apple pie and cookies, plus amazing avocado sandwiches. More info.