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Another year, another River Ride! Whether you've ridden the River Ride several times or never done one before, you'll want to join us for LACBC's biggest fundraiser. New this year: a date later in the month of June and two new rides (a 100-mile ride from Long Beach and a 25-mile ride from the Autry).
When: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Where: start at Autry National Center in Griffith Park or the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
10 great rides for all ages and abilities, with all rides supported by our volunteer ride marshals!
Beginning from the Autry, we have the:
100-mile Century Ride
70-mile Park-to-Playa Ride
50-mile Half-Century Ride
36-mile Training Ride
25-mile Explorer Ride
15-mile Family Ride
Kids' bike rodeo
Beginning from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, we have the:
100-mile Century Ride
70-mile Playa-to-Park Ride
25-mile Long Beach Loop Ride
A great way to explore the Los Angeles River and this beautiful region.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's biggest fundraiser. Your registration fees help LACBC work to make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. Want to do more? Sign up for LACBC membership with your River Ride registration and get $10 off the regular membership price.
How to Register:
Register online via Active.com. Here you can also pre-order a jersey, become and LACBC member or renew your membership, and sign up to fundraise for LACBC!
How to volunteer:
Every year, hundreds of volunteers come together to support our biggest fundraiser and have fun! We need volunteers on the day of the ride and before (wristband pick-up, goody bag stuff, route marking, etc.) Email Marisa Spinella at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Enter Laemmle Theatres' Ride with Greg Laemmle Contest and Join Team LACBC at Climate Ride California
You're invited to join Team LACBC on Climate Ride California, (May 17-20, 2014) is a 4-day, fully-supported cycling adventure that begins in San Francisco, heads north up the coast and through Wine Country to California's Capitol in Sacramento! We are once again a beneficiary and you can be part of the fun and raise funds for LACBC at the time
Right now, we're recruiting members for our new Team LACBC on the California ride. Sign up now, or enter the 'Ride with Greg Laemmle' Contest.
Receive a Climate Ride fundraising contribution of $1250 from the Laemmle Charitable Foundation.
Two THIRD PRIZE Winners will receive:
Same as Grand Prize Winner BUT WITHOUT a guaranteed Climate Ride financial contribution.
To be ELIGIBLE you must:
Enter the contest using the form here by February 17th. You must include a STATEMENT on WHY YOU WANT TO RIDE WITH GREG. Winning statements will be chosen by an outside panel of judges. Winners will be announced on March 2nd.
with Blake Holiday (CR Director) and Greg Laemmle (Team LACBC Captain)
Come to The Federal Bar for a Meet & Greet with Climate Ride Director Blake Holiday and Team LACBC Captain Greg Laemmle before the Breaking Away screening, and hug two kittens with one arm*! It's your chance to ask questions and possibly meet fellow Team LACBC riders in preparation for May's Climate Ride California.
Please RSVP to Kelly@la-bike.org so we can get a head count.
* This is LACBC's animal-friendly alternative to "kill two birds with one stone," courtesy of JJ Hoffman.
ACTION ITEM: Keep MyFig on Track - L.A. City Council Needs to Hear from You
L.A. City Council Planning & Land Use Committee is considering My Figueroa, which includes the city's first protected bike lane, and we need you there to be heard. As the city's first cycletrack, there is some fear-based opposition to change, which can only be overcome if those that believe in LA's future turn out!
My Figueroa is a complete streets project which transforms an auto-dominated corridor and balances it with transit, bike and pedestrian features. It is the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets. If this project is successful, we could see streets all across Los Angeles transformed to better meet the needs of all who travel on them.
Figueroa is particularly important because it connects so many of LA's great institutions: Expo Park, the Coliseum, the California Science Center, USC, Staples Center & LA Live and all of downtown Los Angeles. These destinations are spread over three miles of currently inhospitable streets. They are too far apart to walk, but perfect for riding a bike. The new Expo Light Rail Line has made getting around by transit so much easier along this corridor, but the last-mile connections would be incomplete without the My Figueroa project.
Almost all other major cities in the U.S. have successfully implemented protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares, giving people mobility options and improving local business with every project. We know that it will work here in LA too, and we're incredibly excited that South LA will be the first community to benefit from this investment in advanced bicycle infrastructure.
We need you! If you want to see better bikeways and complete streets in your community, we need to make sure that the first Great Street in Los Angeles is a success. Please join us:
When: Tuesday, January 28; 2:30 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 350 - 200 N. Spring St., 90012
You can also email committee members at these addresses:
To: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org, Councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org, Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org
Updates from Around L.A. County: Beverly Hills Committee Gives Bike Lanes on Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills: Good news! Last night the Santa Monica Blvd. Blue Ribbon Committee voted in favor of bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd. Thanks to Mark Elliot of Better Bike for his work on this and those who showed up to meetings or filled out online comments (97% of online comments were in support of bike lanes).
We'll keep you updated when this heads to City Council!
Los Angeles: The L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program released its list of Year 2 planned bikeways. The list includes 40 miles of bike lanes to be prioritized and includes extensions on Virgil, the entire length of Hollywood Blvd. (check out our campaign at la-bike.org/RideHollywood), San Vicente Blvd., Barrington, Hoover, and more.
East Hollywood: Bike lanes have been striped on Virgil Ave. between Melrose and Santa Monica. Year 2 bikeways show that extending the bike lanes south to Wilshire and north to Hillhurst/Sunset/Hollywood.
Glendale: Sharrows have been painted throughout the city on Doran, Broadway, Cerritos, and Honolulu. You can check out photos on local chapter Walk Bike Glendale's Facebook page.
San Gabriel Valley: Input is currently being sought on the the SGV Bike Plan. If you live and/or ride a bike in the San Gabriel Valley, please fill out this online survey by January 31st.
San Marino: Your input is needed! The City of San Marino, in conjunction with planner Ryan Synder, are soliciting feedback to improve conditions for bicycling and walking in town.
San Marino Bike/Ped Plan Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 28; 6:30 p.m.
Where: Crowell Public Library, Barth Room - 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino, 91108
Unable to attend the meeting? Feedback can also be provided to Ryan Snyder directly via phone (310-475-3895) or email (email@example.com).
Next Active Streets L.A. Community Event on February 1
On Saturday, February 1st, LACBC, T.R.U.S.T South LA, and LADOT will be talking with residents of South L.A. about making their neighborhoods better for walking and biking. The first phase of the Active Streets project is focused on Budlong between MLK and Slauson and 54th street between Normandie and the 110 and we want to hear what South LA residents have to say about their streets.
Active Streets L.A. Community Event
When: Saturday, February 1; 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Vermont Square Library & Park - 1201 W. 48th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037
There will be lots of information as well as bike safety trainings, free bike repair, family activities as well as snacks and a raffle. As this event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library, we hope to encourage participants to stop in the library to get a library card or check out a book!
See you on February 1st!
Fun fact: The Vermont Square Branch of the Los Angeles Public library system was designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument (#264) by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in June 1983 as the oldest remaining library in the city system. It was the very first library to be built by the City of Los Angeles.
Stretch your legs and burn a few calories before the big game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos with a 20-mile ride. Led by LACBC Board Member and Sunday Funday MVP Greg Laemmle, this route will take us from the NoHo Metro station onto the Chandler Bike Path, through Burbank, onto the L.A. River Bike Path, through Griffith Park, and back. If there is enough interest, we might even stop at L.A. Live Streamers so that train enthusiasts can take a ride on the 7 1/2" gauge model trains.
Super Bowl Warm-Up Sunday Funday Ride
When: Sunday, February 2; meet at 10:00 a.m., ride at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Meet at NoHo Red Line Station by the stairs
Flat profile. Modest pace. Families welcome.
RSVP: To RSVP or volunteer as ride support, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or RSVP to the Facebook event.
About Sunday Fundays: Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership onlineor become a member at the ride at a discounted price.
Breaking Away Screening & Operation Firefly Fundraiser on February 12
LACBC is partnering with Laemmle's NoHo 7 to screen the 1979 cycling classic Breaking Away! Breaking Away tells the story about a bicycle enthusiast in a small college town spending his post-high school summer trying to sort out his future, while chasing after the girl of his dreams, and training for the two biggest races of his life.
When: Wednesday, February 12; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Laemmle NoHo 7 - 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601 (Take the Red Line or Orange Line there!)
Purchase tickets: Our earlybird tickets are now sold out. Please purchase tickets directly from Laemmle Theaters for $11.
Proceeds from the screening will benefit Operation Firefly, our education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night. A raffle will also accompany the screening and will include a replica Cinzano cycling kit from Pella Sportswear, along with gift certificates/prizes from local NoHo businesses.
Support LACBC in what we do best: Making the communities of L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to bike!
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Alek@la-bike.org.
Celebrate LACBC's Sweet 16 at Our Bike Prom on February 22
Let's party like it's 1998. That was the year that The Dude abided, Ginger Spice left the Spice Girls, and MP3 players first made listening to music a little more convenient. 1998 also marks the birth of LACBC, making 2014 the year that we celebrate our Sweet 16!
Sweet 16 Bike Prom Benefiting LACBC
When: Saturday, February 22; 8:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Where: American Legion Hall Post 206 - 227 N. Ave. 55, Highland Park
Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets here. Earlybird tickets are $8 for LACBC members and $16 for nonmembers. Prices are $15 and $25 after February 7th. Each ticket includes one raffle ticket.
You're invited to our second annual Bike Prom, where we'll be dancing, crowning the bike prom queens and kings, having a mega raffle, taking our official prom photos (check out photos from last year), and dressing in our best 1998-inspired prom attire.
What's Going On With Bikes in California?
Did you know that all LACBC members are represented on the state level by the California Bicycle Coalition? CalBike is working in tandem with LACBC to enable more people to bicycle, creating safer, healthier and more prosperous communities for all. They are working in Sacramento to triple bicycling in California by 2020. This past year alone, Calbike has won:
Increased funding for bicycling and walking by 35%, dedicating $129 million each year in a new "Active Transportation Program."
The "Three Feet for Safety Act!" California joined twenty one other states requiring motorists pass with a safe 3-foot buffer between them and a person riding a bicycle.
To learn more, we urge you to sign up for CalBike's email newsletter! That way, you can learn the latest news about what different bicycle coalitions working on, how laws are changing, and how the bicycling movement is advancing-- directly in your inbox!
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Darryl Hannah Captains 7th Annual L.A. River Ride
Daryl Hannah Captains 7th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
In preparation for celebrating our Sweet 16, we've been searching through our archives for visuals that help tell LACBC's story (check out this flier drawn by Joe Linton back in 1998). In a What's Ringing Our Bike Bells / Throwback Thursday mashup, we have this video from 2007 of actress and activist Darryl Hannah on the KTLA Morning News, talking about her role as the Grand Marshal for the 7th Annual L.A. River Ride and why she rides a bike.
Where: Councilmember Bob Blumenfield's District Office - 19040 Van Owen, Reseda, 91335
Join Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, the LAPD, and LACBC to ride Reseda on a community ride to explore the West end of the Valley! This will be about an hour long ride at a leisurely pace. At the end of the ride we will have an information table so you can learn more about what we do, how you can get involved, and ways we can work together to make the West Valley more bike-friendly. See Facebook event.
2nd Town and County Ride with PVBC
When: Saturday, January 25; meet at 1 p.m.
Where: Meet at Southeast corner of 1st and College in Claremont Metrolink parking lot
Join local chapter Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition for the 2nd Town and County bike ride through Claremont, La Verne and San Dimas with us. There will be some canyon climbing in San Dimas with fun stops throughout the ride. It will be at a causal pace, 20 miles. See the Facebook Event.
MyFig at PLUM Committee
When: Tuesday, January 28; 2:30 p.m. More info in newsletter.
Where: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza - 1125 N. McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, 90038
Come to this day-long festival with fun workshops, vendors, food, and beverage to entertain, educate, and connect the 'bike curious' of Los Angeles to the joys of riding bicycles for transportation. See Facebook event.
Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run
When: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23
Where: L.A. Chinatown
Ring in the Lunar New Year by riding or running, and celebrate the Year of the Horse! We've partnered with the exciting Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run the past few years by providing bike valet for the event. And this again this year, register with this link so that LACBC will receive a $7 donation for each registration.
Sweet 16 Bike Prom benefiting LACBC
When: Saturday, February 22; 8:00 p.m. to 12 midnight