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Laemmle Charitable Foundation Sponsors 2014-2015 Operation Firefly Season
We're proud to announce that the upcoming season of Operation Firefly is sponsored by the Laemmle Charitable Foundation. The foundation benefits nonprofits agencies working to improve life in Los Angeles through addressing social and environmental issues critical to the region.
Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night.
Join the Laemmle Charitable Foundation in Sponsoring Operation Firefly
Join the Laemmle Charitable Foundation in helping to make this next season of Operation Firefly bigger and better, so we can reach even more night-time bicycle riders.
Below are some fun levels at which you can join Team Firefly and receive a premium. (Lights, hats, and vests will ship beginning the first week of November 2014.)
You can also make a general donation to the Operation Firefly program. Did you know that donating $10 means that 1 more person will soon be riding around at night with lights? Donate $50 and 5 more people will be a little safer. $100 and that number jumps to 10.
Plus, for a limited time, donate to Operation Firefly by tomorrow, Friday, September 19th at 11 a.m., and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the this Sunday's Hollywood Bowl show with Caetano Velaso, Andrew Bird, and Devendra Banhart, or next Friday's show with Trey Anastasio and the L.A. Philharmonic.
Earlier today, LACBC filed a public records request with the District Attorney's office to determine whether Lacey has ever pressed charges for vehicular manslaughter in any case, not just Olin's. When people walking and bicycling (and driving) are killed almost every day in Los Angeles County due to distracted, aggressive, or negligent driving, all relevant agencies must do their part to reduce traffic violence. We invite Lacey to host a town hall with us to hear from victims of traffic violence and discuss ways that her office can partner with law enforcement and the community to end this epidemic.
Please continue to put pressure on the DA's Office. For more information and a sample letter, see:la-bike.org/milt-olin
Welcome Reception for LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds on September 23rd
Last month, Seleta Reynolds took over as the general manager of LADOT. Formerly of the Livable Streets sub-division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Reynolds brings years of experience working on active transportation projects. Join us as we welcome her to Los Angeles and learn more about her vision for transportation here. Snacks and refreshments provided by Angel City Brewery and Big Man Bakes.
When: Tuesday, September 23; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Hub L.A. - 830 Traction Ave., 3rd floor, Los Angeles, 90013 (in the Arts District, see map)
International Car-Free Day Ride & Refresh in the Valley this Sunday
When: Sunday, September 21; 10 a.m.
Where: Van Nuys Orange Line Bus Station - 6060 Van Nuys Blvd. (map)
Join our Valley Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors for a 10-mile ride along the Orange Line Bike Path from Van Nuys Blvd. to Balboa Park. We'll take a loop around the park to see some of the sights including the R/C Planes and Miniature Airport. The ride will finish at MacLeod's Ale Brewing Company, just off of the Orange Line Bike Path. MacLeod's is the first microbrewery in the San Fernando Valley and the latest LACBC Business Partner! We'll get a tour of the Brewery, and LACBC members showing their membership card get 15% off drinks and merchandise.
The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N Highland Ave.
Free Bike Valet
Keep your bike safe during the show with LACBC's free Bike Valet in the Museum Patio on Peppertree Lane at the Hollywood Bowl. The valet will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for both concerts.
Free Ice Cream
Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream from Peddler's Creamery! Just show your bike valet ticket or Metro tap TAP card at the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio.
Updates from Around L.A. County: Metro Considers Complete Streets Policy
Metro to Consider Adopting Countywide Complete Streets Policy in October:
LACBC and Safe Routes to School submitted comments on Metro's draft Complete Streets policy recommending that it be strengthened. View our comments and letter here. Please save the date for Metro's Policy and Programming committee meeting on Wednesday October 17th at 2:30 p.m. when the Metro Directors will consider this policy for adoption. More info.
Malibu-Las Virgenes: On Saturday, September 27, and Tuesday, September 30, bicycle counts will take place in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Westlake Village for use in the Las Virgenes-Malibu Regional Bicycle Master Plan (www.regionalbikeplan.org). Volunteers are needed to help collect this valuable data at several locations in the partner cities. Learn more and sign up at: http://bit.ly/1rJe4IN
Give 3 Feet; It's Now the Law
The Three Feet for Safety Act is finally in effect! The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a "safe distance." The new law defines "safe distance" as three feet. If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
The previous law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a "safe distance."
This new law defines "safe distance" as three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction.
If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
Law took effect Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
Check out some media coverage on KPCC, L.A. Times, and Neon Tommy with quotes from our own programs director Colin Bogart.
El Grande Fondo de Los Angeles Crest Is October 18th
The 1st Annual El Grande Fondo de Los Angeles Crest travels through the classic high country of the San Gabriel Mountains along scenic Angeles Crest Highway and up to historic Mt. Wilson. This super-sweet event, a partnership between LACBC and National Forest Foundation, is one you will want to say, "I was there for the first one!"
This epic ride travels through the unbelievable vistas of the Angeles Forest. Starting with a climb up secluded Big Tujunga Canyon, it then traverses Angeles Crest Highway. The ride includes:
Our ride marshal and route planner extraordinaire Jon Riddle is leading weekly training rides to prep you for El Grande Fondo, though we will be taking the next two weeks off.
Our dedicated ride leader Jon Riddle is traveling for work and won't be able to lead El Grande training rides on September 20th and on the 27th. He encourages you to keep with your personal training plans so that you have legs of steel by October 18th. He will be home in time to lead training rides into the San Gabriel Mountains (weather permitting) or elsewhere on October 4th and 11th. If you would like training ride suggestions, write to Jon at email@example.com.
You can also get updates on the weekly ride by emailing him or checking our Facebook event page.
Welcome Macleod Ale Brewing Co. to the LACBC Business Partnership
Welcome to our newest business partner: Macleod Ale Brewing Co. in Van Nuys! Macleod is a craft brewery that specializes in brewing small batches of cask-conditioned British ales.
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Riding Bikes in Wilmington
2014 Wilmington Family Picnic and Bike Ride
What's it like riding bikes in Wilmington? Well, there are a lot of bike lanes. Also, you could end up riding with local Councilmember Joe Buscaino, who just received a new bike for his birthday.
Check out this video from the recent Wilmington Family Picnic and Bike Ride to see folks riding around with Councilmember Buscaino. Then reading this fascinating piece from Streetsblog Los Angeles about how Wilmington has the most concentrated bike lane network in the state.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Basic Bicycling Skills for LACBC Members
When: Saturday, September 20; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room - 634 S. Spring St., Downtown L.A.
This 2-hour workshop will provide you with basic information you can use to safely ride your bicycle on the streets of LA County. The workshop for LACBC members includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home with you. Instruction is classroom only - we will not be riding. Bringing your bicycle is optional. RSVP here.
Where: Garey High School - 321 W Lexington Ave., Pomona, 91766
Thanks to the City of Hope's Foothill Fitness Challenge Grant, local chapter PVBC and City of Pomona will host a one-day bike education event that will teach teens basic bike road safety, run bike drills, and help teens feel confident riding on the road. League Cycling Instructors and curriculum will teach students the skills they need to ride to school more often and safely. PVBC is looking for volunteers, so please sign up here to volunteer. More info.
Jewel City Ride with Walk Bike Glendale and CICLE
When: Saturday, September 27; meet at 9:30 a.m., ride promptly at 10 a.m.
Where: Glendale Metrolink Station - 400 W. Cerritos Ave., Glendale, 91204
Through a sponsorship by the Metro, C.I.C.L.E., along with our local chapter Walk Bike Glendale, will lead a delicious and bedazzled 7-mile bicycle ride, "Glendale: The Jewel City Tour." Riders will pedal to the city's beloved Porto's Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto's to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way. More info.
Bike to the Bowl
When: Sunday, September 21; 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Farmers and Merchants National Bank - 401 S. Main St., Downtown Los Angeles Named for its timing with the seasonal launch of Operation Firefly, an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC, the Firefly Ball is a light-filled evening of art, music, food and drink. Celebrate with us as we honor community members doing good bike work while raising much needed funds for L.A.'s largest full-service bike advocacy nonprofit--the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!
This year's honorees are: Andy Leeka - Passionate Pedal Award; Alex Baum - The Alex Baum Award for Achievement in Advocacy; and Suja Lowenthal - The Innovator Award. Get your tickets here!
California by Bike 2014 Surf 'N Turf
When: Friday, October 31 to Wednesday, November 5
Where: Santa Barbara to San Diego
Join the California Bicycle Coalition on its inaugural fundraising tour this Fall 2014 from Santa Barbara to San Diego. This phenomenal five-day fully supported tour will be the only in California to strictly raise funding to support advocacy groups. When you join the ride through this link, $250 of your total raised will be dedicated to LACBC. For more information, visit: calbike.org/surfnturf.
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