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Our Breaking Away Screening & Operation Firefly Fundraiser Is Next Wednesday, 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:
Cinzano Cycling Kit (2)
Bell Bicycle Helmet
Pedalers West Cycling Jersey
Saddle Bag and Studio City Cycle Co. Gift Card
Coppi - Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo book
Italian Racing Bicycles book
District Pub Gift Card & Water Bottle
Pitfire Pizza Gift Card & Water Bottle
The Counter Gift Card & Water Bottle
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.
Enter Laemmle Theatres' Ride with Greg Laemmle Contest and Come to a Climate Ride Meet & Greet Next Wednesday
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.
Get Your Earlybird Tickets for Our Sweet 16 Bike Prom by Tomorrow, February 7
Let's party like it's 1998! That was the year that Tara Lipinski skated to Gold at the Nagano Olympics, Matt and Ben became our new celebrity crushes, and Britney Spears debuted ". . . Baby One More Time." 1998 also marks the birth of LACBC, making 2014 the year that we celebrate our Sweet 16!
Get your earlybird tickets by tomorrow to save some money!
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 if purchased by 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 late-'90s attire.
We've now confirmed our DJs and special guests: DJs Skramble, Trickmilla and Evan C, PLUS a special set from electronic pop artist (and former LACBC Outreach Coordinator) La Muff!
ACTION ITEM: Send Letter of Support for MANGo in Santa Monica
The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) concept plan will be presented to City Council on February 11th. Please send a letter of support for MANGo today, and if you can, please come to the City Council Meeting and voice your support!
Santa Monica City Council
When: Tuesday, February 11; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica City Hall Council Chambers, room 213 - 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica
Support Santa Monica's first Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo with an email to Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, City Council, Commissioners, and staff. Even with this awesome project,there is opposition from those who still want vehicles prioritized over people, our health, and safety. To help, our local chapter Santa Monica Spoke has created some template letters that you can use for inspiration or to cut and paste.
We encourage you to customize with your personal comments or please feel free to simply cut and paste and email to the list on the SM Spoke website. You can see more about MANGo in the drop down menu here on our website. "Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway"
Read Santa Monica Spoke's letter of support sent to City Council here If you live in the Pico Neighborhood, use the a specific letter here. If you have children, use a letter from that perspective here.
You can support local bike advocacy in Santa Monica when you sign up for LACBC membership and join Santa Monica Spoke at no extra cost.
Updates from Around the County: Rails to River Meeting Coming Up
South L.A.: Last year, Supervisors and Metro Board Members Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina began promoting a proposal to build an 8.3-mile bike and pedestrian path to connect the future Crenshaw/LAX Line to the L.A. River.
There is a meeting for stakeholders on Wednesday, February 26 at the Los Angeles Academy Middle School's multi-purpose room, 644 E. 56th Street, Los Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check out Metro's The Source for more information.
LACBC Members Save at Yoga at the Village in Glendale
As an LACBC member, you can enjoy many great discounts from local supportive businesses. We're excited to welcome Yoga at the Village, a local yoga studio, to our growing list of businesses that offer discounts to LACBC members.
Show your LACBC membership card and pay only $12 per class or 10% off of a regular series.
MyFig Update: Two Steps Forward and One Step Backwards for Protected Bikeways
We've been focused on My Figueroa, which promises to be the City's first true protected bikeway (a.k.a. cycletrack), distinguished by a curb to separate bicyclists from traffic and dedicated bike signals at intersections.
Last week, L.A.'s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) deferred to the Councilmember Price by continuing the item for 30 days to address the motion and instructed city staff report back to the committee.Councilmember Price has proposed to delay the project and exhaustively study alternatives. Major institutions along the corridor, including the California Science Center, Natural History Museum, California African American Museum, USC, and Shammas Auto Group cited congestion concerns and supported the Price motion to further study the project.
The MyFigueroa project has been developed with robust community input, context sensitivity and compromise, when warranted. Like protected bikeways all across the country, it will be a boon to business along the corridor. It is a project worthy of being Mayor Eric Garcetti's first "Great Street." Los Angeles is on the cusp of reinventing itself in the public realm. This is no time for delay.
If you are a regular visitor to any of the institutions along the Figueroa Corridor, please let them know that you support making Figueroa walkable and bikeable without delay:
Neighborhood Council Elections Coming Up, Candidate Filing Periods Open Now
While the fate of Lankershim Bike lanes remains uncertain, LACBC realizes the importance of effective community outreach and engagement. As folks working tirelessly to get bike lanes in North Hollywood, you have learned firsthand that Neighborhood Councils (NC's) play a big role in accomplishing that objective.
LACBC encourages you all to get engaged with your local neighborhood council elections.
How can you get involved?
Get to know your neighborhood council. They have discretionary funds to spend on local events, (bike rides!!!), and other projects they deem worthy. They also advise elected officials who ultimately determine how the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan will be implemented, among other important mobility objectives.
VOTE in your upcoming NC election. Check election dates. North West Valley and North East Valley elections are coming up in early March.
Consider running for a seat on your NC. If you want to run for your NC, use this as a reference for the filing deadline and election date. Dates differ based on the 'region' that you're in. Mark your calendars and get involved.
If you need any help navigating their page or have ANY questions about the process, please let our policy & campaign manager Alek Bartrosouf at Alek@la-bike.org know. We would love to hear if you decide to run!
Fundraise for LACBC at the 14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 22
We recently opened up registration for the 14th Annual L.A. River Ride. Want to go the extra mile and help make the L.A. River a healthier, safer, and more fun place to ride a bike? Become a River Ride Fundraiser!
Your fundraising supports our work to connect and complete the River path by the year 2020 as part of the Greenway 2020 campaign.
When you meet certain fundraising milestones, you can earn River Ride registration, as well as other great prizes like LACBC and River Ride bike gear.
Also, let's not forget about the biggest prizes for our top fundraisers!
VBT's Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation
VBT's Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation takes you to the untouched Maremma region, where ancient Etruscan roads lead to white-sand beaches, protected wetlands teem with birdlife and ancient castles overlook timeless villages. We drink it all in as we cycle through magnificent coastal vistas, stay at rustic agriturismi (converted farm houses) and sample regional wines and olive oils with inviting local hosts.
VBT's Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation includes:
River Ride Fundraising Champion Tish Laemmle enjoys her prize!
Roundtrip international airfare from New York
8 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels and a country resort
15 meals - 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Free use of custom VBT bicycle and helmet
Service of two local, bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
Full van support
Daily route directions and maps
Guided sightseeing as described in the tour itinerary
Unique authentic, cultural activities
Our two-time fundraising champion, Tish Laemmle, went on the bike tour through Tuscany and had this to say about her experience: "My husband and I had never gone on an official' bike tour before winning the VBT trip last year. I can honestly say that it was one of the best vacations of our lives. What could be more fun than biking through the beautiful gentle rolling hills of Tuscany? We loved everything about the trip. . . the group leaders, the other participants, the delicious Italian cuisine, the cooking class, the charming hotels, the gelato, EVERYTHING. It was a perfect vacation!"
10 great rides with 2 start locations (one at the Autry and one at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
Highlights from the Active Streets L.A. Community Event
This past Saturday, LACBC, Trust South LA, L.A.D.O.T. Bike Program, and Los Angeles Public Library joined forces for another Active Streets L.A. community event at the Vermont Square Library and Park. Over 100 people came out, and we had a great walk, bike safety training, raffle, and bike repair from El Maestro Bicycle Shop.
Many thanks to the 35+ folks who came out for our pre-Super Bowl ride on a crisp Sunday! We met at the NoHo Red Line Station, came up the Chandler Bike Path, and took the L.A. River Path to Los feliz before returning through Griffith Park.
Many thanks to our ride leader Greg Laemmle. And thanks to LACBC Ride Marshal Mike Newton for providing ride support!
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Sweet Ride Consumes Bike-Churned Ice Cream and Cronuts
Bikes & Desserts - Sweet Ride USA EP3
Our favorite show about biking and desserts is out with a new episode, so of course we're watching it and becoming very hungry. The latest episode, hosted by LACBC member Steve Isaacs, takes viewers to taste the bicycle-churned ice cream of Peddler's Creamery (the site of many LACBC field trips) in Downtown L.A. We also learn more about L.A. Bike Trains and Safecast and visit Orange 20 and the Witch's House before burning some calories on the way to DK Donuts in Santa Monica.
January's Touring ride--a tour in the San Gabriel foothills along the northeastern fringe of urban Los Angeles--has been rescheduled. Rich in history, variety and natural beauty, the area is home to some of LA County's earliest small cities: Monrovia (incorporated in 1887), Azusa (1898) and Glendora (1911). Two river bike-path systems - along the San Gabriel and the Rio Hondo - tie together the ride, passing along the Emerald Necklace, an evolving string of pocket parks and greenways. The route also includes the Royal Oaks Bike Trail (a rails-to-trails path on the old Red Line trolley right-of-way) and a foray into Monrovia Canyon Park, with its forest and streams. More info.
Los Angeles Bicycle Commuter Festival & Summit
When: Sunday, February 16; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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. LACBC is just one of many local bike organizations participating. See Facebook event and get your tickets here.
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 once 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
Where: Meet at Mar Vista Farmers' Market - 3826 Grand View Blvd, 90066
Join LACBC West Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors Kevin and John for a leisurely 8-to-10-mile bike ride in the Venice and Mar Vista area. Check our Facebook event for more details.
CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Blvd.
When: Sunday, April 6; 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Wilshire Blvd.
The first CicLAvia of 2014 comes back to one of L.A.'s favorite streets: Wilshire Blvd.! Bike, walk, run, skip, play, and eat. More info.
Finish the Ride
When: Sunday, April 27
Where: on Fountain Ave at L Ron Hubbard Way
On Sunday, February 17th, 2013, Damian Kevitt and his wife were riding their bikes around the streets of Los Angeles and along the L.A. River Bike Path when a light colored mini-van struck Damian and pinned him underneath the mini-van. Damian suffered road burns and lost his right leg, and has since vowed to Finish the Ride that he started on that day. Please join Damian on an organized ride called Finish the Ride on April 27th, as proceeds benefit Challenged Athletes and LACBC. More info.