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Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter
February 27, 2014
Fundraise for the L.A. River Ride and Win Great Prizes!
Yesterday, the L.A. Times editorial board declared its support for the MyFigueroa project, noting the need to create a complete street that accommodates all kinds of road users at this important corridor. The MyFigueroa project would cover the 4-mile stretch between Downtown L.A. and Exposition Park and include the City of L.A.'s first protected bikeways.
[C]ars should not get veto authority. The city's 2010 bicycle plan identified Figueroa as part of the Backbone Bicycle Network, those streets identified as key arterials for cyclists. Figueroa has the added benefit of providing a straight, safe route between two established biking communities - USC and downtown. This is exactly where Los Angeles should be replacing car lanes with cycle tracks and buffered bike lanes.
In recent years, California law and Los Angeles policies have established that streets are not meant for automobiles alone. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council should not let fears of traffic congestion turn this transformative project into another incomplete street.
What's next, and how can you get involved?
Stay tuned for the announcement of when MyFig will get heard at an upcoming PLUM committee meeting.
ACTION ALERT: Support Bike Lanes on Santa Monica in Beverly Hills on Tuesday
With bike lanes in West Hollywood and Los Angeles on Santa Monica, the missing gap along this important east/west corridor is Beverly Hills.
A Blue Ribbon Committee has officially recommended to council that they widen Santa Monica and stripe in bike lanes, but the council may still need convincing as detractors have been attending meetings in the past. Can you attend the council meeting and speak in favor of bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd.?
On March 4th City Council will review the Santa Monica Boulevard Blue Ribbon Committee recommendations. The Council will provide direction on project design. The two issues to be discussed are whether to:
(1) Widen the existing curb-to-curb width to improve conditions for motor vehicles and bicycles. This requires widening beyond the existing northern curb face. If City Council approves the widening, the Blue Ribbon Committee recommends striping the pavement for bicycle lanes.
(2) Add landscaped medians to the Boulevard.
Beverly Hills City Council
When: Tuesday, March 4; 7:00 p.m.
Where:455 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, California 90210
Feeder Ride: Mark Elliot will meet with whomever wants to ride together to City Hall before, at 5:45 at Peets, 258 S. Beverly. Depart at 6:45.
2. EMAIL: Correspondence can be addressed to Council in advance of the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org - bcc: email@example.com
3. CALL: Council can be reached by phone: 310-285-1013
Register for Finish the Ride by Tomorrow for Early Bird Price, Support LACBC and Challenged Athletes
On Sunday, February 17th, 2013, Damian Kevitt and his wife were riding their bikes around the streets around Griffith Park when someone driving 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. Rides include a 6-mile ride, a 12-mile ride, and a 23-mile ride. More ride details here.
When: Sunday, April 27; registration starts at 6:30 a.m.
Where: start at Fountain Ave at L Ron Hubbard Way in East Hollywood
Register by tomorrow, February 28th to get the early bird price! More info at finishtheride.org.
Also, please join Damian and LACBC as we work to combat the prevalence of hit and runs in L.A. County. You can learn more about Damian and the Finish the Ride movement through these pieces on KABC, KCBS, KTLA, and Streetsblog.
Damian will also be be organizing a vigil for all hit-and-run victims at the Critical Mass on Friday, March 28th (postponed from tomorrow's ride).
Participate in an Upcoming Community Planning Forum
Where: Granada Hills Recreation Center - 16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344
When: Wednesday, March 19; 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Metro Headquarters (near Patsaouras Plaza) - One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
When: Saturday, March 22; 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center - 3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062
When: Saturday, March 29; 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: Boyle Heights City Hall - 2130 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
When: Wednesday, April 2; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Westwood United Methodist Church - 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024
When: Saturday, April 5; 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center - 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401
When: Saturday, April 12; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Peck Park Community Center - 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732
Updates from Around the County: Pomona Active Transportation & Bike Master Plan Head to City Council
Pomona: The Pomona Active Transportation Plan and Bicycle Master Plan will go to City Council on Monday, March 3rd, and our local chapter PVBC needs everyone there to support the plan! If the plan is approved, it will show Pomona is committed to making the streets safer for bicyclists.
Long Beach:This Tuesday, Longbeachize hosted an mayoral candidate forum on livable streets in Long Beach, which LACBC participated in. Over 100 people attended, and we heard from each of the 5 participating candidates: Richard Camp, Robert Garcia, Bonnie Lowenthal, Doug Otto, and Gerrie Schipske. Read more on Streetsblog.
LAX: Help LAX determine future bicycle facility needs! If you ride your bike there or want to ride your bike there (particularly if you work there), take this survey here.
Eagle Rock:A serious injury has been reported due to a dangerous condition in the center of the westbound bicycle lane on Colorado Boulevard, between Vincent Avenue and Mount Royal Drive, in Eagle Rock. The condition is a deviation in the center of the lane that runs for several yards parallel to and directly between the lines that delineate the bicycle lane. It consists of an undulating ledge that has formed where the asphalt of the roadway dips into a shallow trench where it meets the concrete that forms the gutter and sidewalk. Cracks also exist between traffic side lane line of the bike lane and the number two vehicular lane (and bus lane).
If you experienced this dangerous condition or know someone who has, please call Josh at (323) 937-7105, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Monica Spoke Director Cynthia Rose Named Finalist for Alliance Advocate of the Year Award
Next week, several of our LACBC staffers, local chapter leaders, and partners are traveling to Washington DC for the National Bike Summit. Among them will hopefully be Santa Monica Spoke Director and founder Cynthia Rose.
Along with the with Summit, the Alliance for Biking and Walking will be honoring its 2014 Advocacy Award winners. This year, the Alliance has revealed the finalists for each category and we're proud to say that Cynthia Rose is one of them!
Also, if you want to help support Cynthia's trip to the National Bike Summit in Washington DC next week and help bring Santa Monica's progress to the national conversation, you can make a donation to fund her trip here.
Thanks for Celebrating Our Sweet 16 at Bike Prom
Thanks to all who came out to Bike Prom this past Saturday night. We busted out our gowns, tuxes, plaid, and combat boots for a night to remember that included dancing, sweet treats, prom photos, a live performance from La Muff, a raffle, the crowning of the Rolling Prom Court, and a giant cake!
Still Time to Join Our Climate Ride Team, Plus Eric Vs. Alek
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. We'll announce the winners of our 'Ride with Greg Laemmle' Contest soon.
Also, two of our staffers--planning &policy director Eric Bruins and policy & campaign manager Alek Bartrosouf--are on the team. We're having a little office competition at LACBC headquarters to determine who can raise more money and be crowned King of the Mountain at LACBC.
YOU can help us settle this battle!
Donate to Eric Bruins's fundraising campaign here.
Donate to Alek Bartrosouf's fundraising campaign here.
What to support someone else's campaign? Support one the many Team LACBC members here.
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.
10 great rides with 2 start locations (one at the Autry and one at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Local Bicyclist Shares Her Venice Story
Venice Story : Beth Allyn : The Venice Bike
Thanks to all who came on the on the Venice-Mar Vista Ride on Sunday! Special thanks to our West Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors and ride organizers John and Kevin, as well as our LACBC Ride Marshals.
The Venice-Mar Vista area has a vibrant bike community, and one of the local bicyclists you may run into is Beth Allyn. Beth combines her love for biking with her love for Venice by always riding with a mini Venice sign. Watch this video to hear more about her Venice story.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Critical Mass Vigil for Hit-and-Run Victims - Postponed to March 28
When: Originally set for February 28, this has been postponed to March 28.
Pomona City Council Meeting for Active Transportation & Bike Plan
This innovative new training from Women on Bikes California is geared to measurably grow your aptitude, polish your skills, hone your voice, grow your network, and learn to own your power as an active living advocate for California. Register by March 3rd to save money. Learn more here.
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 benefiting LACBC & Challenged Athletes