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ACTION ITEM: Help Bring Cycletracks to the City of L.A. in 2014
Happy 2014! As a refresher from last fall, this year we at LACBC are calling on the City of Los Angeles to turn its attention to the next generation of bikeways this year. Specifically to:
Adopt an "8 to 80" design standard for the Mobility Element's Bicycle-Enhanced Network (BEN) and 2010 Bicycle Plan's Neighborhood Network,
Appoint a new LADOT General Manager who is committed to innovative street design,
Accelerate implementation of cycletracks by incorporating the BEN into the Mayor's Great Streets Initiative,
Install L.A.'s first cycletracks on Figueroa in 2014,
Apply for round 2 of the Green Lane Project to receive technical assistance from the nation's leading bikeway design experts,
Ensure adequate staffing of the bikeways and pedestrian groups at LADOT to satisfy pent-up demand for these improvements across the city, and
Work with Metro to increase investments in next generation bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure across Los Angeles County, concentrated around transit stations and schools.
These steps will expand the reach of LA's bicycle network both geographically and demographically to attract the kind of ridership growth we've seen in other cities around the country that have made similar investments. We must invest and innovate to reach L.A.'s bicycling potential.
Let's add cycletracks to the City of L.A.'s list of new year's resolutions this year!
The deadline for the green lanes project application is coming up soon, and we want to show that cycletracks have support. Help us get to 1,500 signatures by Tuesday, January 14th!
ACTION ITEM: Provide Input on the Santa Monica Blvd. Reconstruction Project Do you bike, walk, or drive through the Beverly Hills portion of Santa Monica Blvd.? If so, then you know how fast cars drive and how difficult it is to walk and bike along this portion. Help make Santa Monica Blvd. safer and more people-oriented by:
The third (and likely final) Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project outreach meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Gallery on the second floor of Beverly Hills City Hall. At this meeting, the 15-member appointed blue-ribbon committee will discuss, and possibly make recommendations concerning, project enhancements to the corridor. That might include Class II bicycle lanes (or possibly an adjacent shared-use path).
Santa Monica Blvd. Reconstruction Project Outreach Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 8; 6 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills City Hall, Municipal Gallery, 2nd Floor - 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Anyone interested to see SM Blvd in Beverly Hills become part of the regional bicycle backbone network should express support for bicycle lanes on this segment of the corridor (that would connect existing lanes in West Los Angeles and West Hollywood).
Online Comment Form
Beverly Hills residents, business owners, workers, and visitors are encouraged to fill out a short online form to voice your support for bike lanes and medians. Please fill this out by Wednesday, January 8.
More information about the process and Better Bike notes from the first two meetings can be found here.
Join Us for Sunday Funday: A Mini Architecture Tour of Long Beach
Kick off 2014 with the first Sunday Funday ride of the year!
Long Beach is home to buildings by Killingsworth, Neutra, Lautner, Greene & Greene, and many other world-famous architects. See some of them on this two-wheeled mini tour, led by LACBC board member April Economides. This 10-mile ride is family-friendly, and supervised children are welcome. We meet at The Southern Girl Bakery, which will open on Sunday just for us and offer us 15% off everything--quiches, sweets, coffee, and other delectables. Also, Sunday Funday riders will receive 15% off the book Long Beach Architecture at Apostrophe Books if you say "Sunday Funday" on the day of the ride (or receive 10% off in-store or online before the ride).
When: Sunday, January 5; Meet at 1:00 p.m., ride from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Southern Girl Bakery - 401 3rd St., Downtown Long Beach (just two blocks from the 4th/5th St. Blue Line stop)
RSVP: To RSVP or volunteer as ride support, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership & Communications Director, at email@example.com. 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 online or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.
Experience the Ride of Your Lifetime this Year on Climate Ride California
Looking to ride more in 2014? You're invited to join Team LACBC on Climate Ride California! We are once again a beneficiary and you can join the brand-new epic 4-day pedaling adventure in Northern California through wine country.
Right now, we're recruiting members for our new Team LACBC on the California ride. You can be part of the fun and raise funds for LACBC at the same time! Team LACBC was the top team in last year's California ride. Let's bring the trophy (OK, pint glasses) back home this year!
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.
Still Time to Donate to Support Better Bicycling in 2014 This past 2013, our members, supporters, donors, and partners have helped to make bike improvements all across the County! With your continued support, we hope to accomplish even more in 2014.
2013 may be be over, but we could still use your help to reach our $50,000 goal. Your donation ensures that we have the capacity and resources to remain strong in 2014!
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Scenes from the Pop-Up MANGo
Pop-Up MANGo Tactical Urbanism
If you've been reading this newsletter or following what local LACBC chapter Santa Monica Spoke has been up to, you may have been hearing about Pop-Up MANGo in Santa Monica. What exactly is it? It's a one-day installation demonstrating possible roadway improvements for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, hosted by the City of Santa Monica and Melendrez.
Check out this video from the first installation and learn more about how Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica can be a more people-oriented place.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday Funday Ride: A Mini Architecture Tour of Long Beach
When: Sunday, January 5; Meet at 1:00 p.m., ride at 1:30 p.m.