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CicLAvia is here! Join our feeder rides and participate in the scavenger hunt!
The first CicLAvia of 2014 comes back to one of L.A.'s favorite streets: Wilshire Blvd. from 9 to 4. Bike, walk, run, skip, play, and eat. Find LACBC's booth at the One Wilshire Hub, as well as around the route with our Rolling Advocacy Trailer. New Belgium will also be having a CicLAvia Scavenger Photohunt, and for each clue sheet turned in, $5 will be donated to LACBC and CICLE. More info on CicLAvia.
Where: Southern end of Trousdale Parkway on campus, next to the entrance of the Expo Park/USC expo line station, in front of the Mudd Hall of Philosophy. FB linkhere. Led by our own local chapter USC Bicycle Coaliiton.
Whole Foods Market Woodland Hills fundraiser brings in more than $5,000
Thanks to Whole Foods Market Woodland Hills for selecting LACBC as the non-profit beneficiary of 5% day in March. Altogether we raised $5,190!!!
We had a great time hosting two feeder rides from Chatsworth and Reseda (in partnership with Ride Reseda), hosted a lunch courtesy of Whole Foods' vendors, and gave away two bicycles, including a Tern Xtracycle Cargo bike!
Special thanks to Tina Varjabedian of Whole Foods Woodland Hills and Councilmember Blumenfield for stopping by to celebrate bicycling with us.
Register for Finish the Ride on April 27th
On Sunday, February 17th, 2013, Damian Kevitt and his wife were riding their bikes around Griffith Park when someone driving a light colored mini-van struck Damian and pinned him underneath. 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 Finish the Ride on April 27th.
Rides include a 6-mile ride, a 12-mile ride, and a 23-mile ride.
Finish the Ride benefiting LACBC and Challenged Atheletes
When: Sunday, April 27; registration starts at 6:30 a.m.
Where: start Fountain Ave/L Ron Hubbard Way in E. Hollywood
Next Community Planning Forums in South Valley and Harbor areas
AB 1532, Assemblymember Mike Gatto's bill to take back the drivers' licenses of motorists who flee the scene of a crash, recently passed the assembly's Public Safety Committee. While revoking the drivers' licenses of hit-and-run motorists may not seem like big deal, it is very telling that hit-and-run motorists don't automatically have their licenses revoked already.
In the City of Los Angeles, 20,000 hit-and-run crashes occur annually, resulting in over 4,000 injuries. Of those injuries, 150 are severe or fatal, and people walking and biking are disproportionately affected, accounting for 75% of those severe injuries and deaths.
We call on the California State Legislature and Governor to revoke driving privileges of hit-and-run drivers and to increase penalties to remove the incentive to flee when drunk.
We call on law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to treat hit-and-run collisions like the violent crimes that they are by regularly reporting statistics, allocating adequate resources for investigations, and imposing appropriate penalties on perpetrators.
Next Active Streets L.A. Event Is a Community Mapping Ride
Active Streets LA had a successful mapping ride on Sunday. Community residents and staff rode and walked the Budlong corridor and took pictures, noting necessary changes to infrastructure.
Stay tuned for the next step in the Active Streets process where community members and department of transportation staff will review community concerns together.
Updates from Around the County: Beverly Hills gets bike lanes? Los Angeles' next steps in bike plan implementation
Los Angeles: The Department of City Planning will host a "Bike Plan Primer" webinar on April 17, 2014; from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to inform the public of the year 2 implementation process of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan. With the routes already proposed, we need more folks involved in the process. Join us on the webinar and next steps. Get more information at thelabikeplan.org.
Also, last night, LA City Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino presented their case for a new 1/2-cent sales tax to fund street and sidewalk repair. If approved by City Council, the measure would go before voters on the November ballot. With Climate Resolve, LACBC has co-led a coalition of transportation, environmental and community-based organizations calling for "streets for the future" that are cool, green and complete. We believe that a 20-year capital investment program should produce the streets that will meet Los Angeles's needs in 2035 and that the best way to do this is to align the new revenue with the City's draft Mobility Element. You can watch LACBC's Planning & Policy Director discuss the proposed measure on ABC7 news.
LACBC Members Save at Cafe de Leche in Highland Park
We would like to welcome Cafe de Leche in Highland Park to our Business Partnership! Cafe de Leche offers 10% off to all LACBC members.
As you may recall, Cafe de Leche started the L.A. city bike corral trend when the business owners fought for and got the City's first bike corral in 2011. It is located at 5000 York Blvd.
Last week LACBC participated in the grand opening of the St.John's Well Child and Family Center on Hoover and 58th Street in South Los Angeles. Key speakers who helped cut the ribbon were Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barak Obama and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. In addition to staffing a table at the event, LACBC also donated 10 electric assist bicycles to St. John's for their forthcoming bicycle program. LACBC is looking for help with final assembly of the bikes and ongoing maintenance. Contact Colin Bogart (email@example.com) for details.
Fundraise for LACBC at the 14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride on June 22
Registration for the 14th Annual L.A. River Ride is now open, and we've now made it easier to participate in fundraising. When you register for the ride online, a fundraising page will automatically be set up for you, and you can choose to personalize it or not.
Every dollar counts to help make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. Will you join us?
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 (Autry or Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach)
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: What is CicLAvia Like Around the World?
This Sunday, we'll be enjoying another CicLAvia, this time along the Iconic Wilshire Blvd. CicLAvia was originally inspired by the Cicolovia in Bogota, Colombia, and there are several other open streets events around the world that aim to make sure streets are opened up to people. (In fact, there is a summit that begins tomorrow in our backyard called the National Open Streets Summit, to help people learn how to bring open streets events to their communities or to help infuse new ideas for their events.)
Help Alek and/or Eric Raise Money for the Climate Ride!
Alek and Eric are participating in Climate Ride California, (May 17-20, 2014), a 4-day cycling adventure from San Francisco 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.
We are 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.
Courtesy is the Word for Elysian Valley Section of LA River Path
LACBC has learned that an elderly resident of Elysian Valley was recently injured in a collision with a bicyclist on the Elysian Valley section of the LA River Path. We're told that the resident was walking on the path (as many residents who live in the area have done for years) and that she suffered a broken arm. We're also told the bicyclist suffered some injuries, though not as serious. We'd like to remind everyone that courtesy is key on paths, especially the LA River Path in Elysian Valley, which is used regularly by senior citizens and children from the adjacent neighborhood. A few important tips when riding any path:
Be courteous of all path users, regardless of their mode of travel. Slow down and be extra cautious whenever young children or the elderly are present. Pass on the left and give an audible signal (say "passing on your left" or ring your bell). Ride predictably and verbalize your intentions to turn, slow, or stop to those around you.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Bicycle Film Festival 2014
When: April 4th and 5th
Where: Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Downtown Los Angeles
Kind Healthy Snacks presents the 13th edition of the preeminent arts event celebrating bicycles: the international Bicycle Film Festival. Films from around the world, directed by established and emerging filmmakers, will be screened. The four unique screenings of narrative and cinematic films kick off with the premiere of HALF THE ROAD, a highly anticipated feature about the highlights and challenges of women's cycling, setting the tone for the following three programs of fun and poignant shorts illuminating the joys and perseverance riding inspires across cultures, ages and landscapes. Full details 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. Find LACBC's booth at the One Wilshire Hub, as well as around the route with our Rolling Advocacy Trailer. New Belgium will also be having a CicLAvia Scavenger Photohunt, and for each clue sheet turned in, $5 will be donated to LACBC and CICLE. More info on CicLAvia.
Fireside Chat on Transportation with Councilmember Mike Bonin
When: Friday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Moss Theater at New Roads School - 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Angelenos Against Gridlock will be hosting a Fireside Chat on Transportation Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, who is also L.A. City Council Transportation Committee Chair and Metro Board Member & Expo Line Construction Authority Vice Chair. Discussion topics will include speeding up the pace of progress, the 405, rail through the Sepulveda Pass, bike share, bike safety & bike amenities, Westside gridlock, transit-oriented development, rail to LAX, the Expo Line, the Subway to the Sea-and the broader vision for improving mobility. RSVP here.
Touring L.A. County with LACBC and Where to Bike L.A.: La Roubaix
When: Sunday: April 13; meet at 8:30 a.m., ride at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Trails Cafe - 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles
Every spring, around Easter, professional cyclists tackle Paris-Roubaix (pronounced ru-BAY), a race across Northern France. First run in 1896, it's one of the oldest cycling contests-a true classic. With sections of bumpy cobblestone, country roads, many, many hills, and typically foul weather, Paris-Roubaix is known for making riders suffer, worthy of its term of endearment: "a Sunday in hell" (there's even a movie about it with that title). Our version-L.A. Roubaix-is really not hellish at all, and we can realistically expect for great weather, but you can expect to suffer a little. Our route will take us into car-free, backcountry areas of Griffith Park. From there, we'll ride around Silver Lake, through the city's second-largest park, Elysian Park (way more bucolic than the Champs Elysées), 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.
South L.A. Kids' Bike Festival
When: Sunday, April 13; 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Foshay Learning Center - 3751 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Join LACBC and Walk 'n Rollers for a FREE Kids Skills and Safety Festival, made possible by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign! Learn how to ride your bike safely, start and stop properly, avoid hazards, yielding, ride an obstacle course and more! Helmets required for all riders. We'll have a limited supply of bikes and helmets for those without. More info.
Finish the Ride benefiting LACBC & Challenged Athletes