Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter

September 6, 2012 

In this issue
All Eyes on Long Beach in the Bike and Ped World
ACTION ITEM: Help Pass the 3-Foot Passing Bill
Rest in Peace, Jerico Culata
Be on the Lookout for a Land Rover Involved in Topanga Hit and Run
Bike Updates from Around the County: Help Form the Carson Bike Master Plan
New Bike Collision Support Group Forms
Bikes, Costumes, and Fun Collide at Tour de Fat
Hasta Luego, Brenda!
Thanks for Joining Us for Our Sunday FunGay Ride
The WeHoBC Guest-Hosts Bike Talk! Radio this Saturday
Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Program East Meeting Coming Up
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Bikerowave Visits the Farmers' Market
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
All Eyes on Long Beach in the Bike and Ped World

All eyes in the bike and pedestrian advocacy and planning world will be on bike-friendly Long Beach beginning tomorrow, as several bike and ped conferences, retreats, summits, and meetings will be taking place.

The Alliance for Biking and Walking's Leadership Retreat will begin tomorrow and run through Monday at the Queen Mary, and LACBC will be sending several staffers to become better leaders and advocates, covering issues from engaging membership to running a successful campaign.

Pro Walk/ Pro Bike, the leading international conference on walking, bicycling, and creating great communities through Placemaking, takes place Monday through Thursday of next week. This conference covers over 100 workshops and panels on bike and ped issues from several angles.

In between these two major gatherings is the Safe Routes to School National Annual Meeting. Immediately following Pro Walk / Pro Bike is the National Women's Bicycling Summit, brought to you by the League of American Bicyclists.

We at LACBC would like to extend a warm welcome to all the advocates, community organizers, planners, government officials, and other folks that care about making their communities a better place to walk and ride who are visiting Long Beach!
ACTION ITEM: Help Pass the 3-Foot Passing Bill

Last week the California Legislature approved Senate Bill 1464, the 3-foot passing bill, and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
Let Governor Brown know that you demand safety by sending a letter of support today!
You can also read the bill's current language of the bill here.
Rest in Peace, Jerico Culata

Our condolences to the family and friends of Jerico Culata, who died in last Friday's Critical Mass ride by the UCLA campus. He was 18 and from Los Angeles, and his family and friends are in our thoughts.

If you witnessed the crash, please contact West Traffic Division and provide an official statement at 213-473-0220.

The family is also looking for Jerico's bike, which was removed from the site following the crash. It is a white Leader 725. You can learn more about it on this Facebook group set up by his friends and family. If you have information about where his bike may be, contact the West Traffic Division at 213-473-0220.
Be on the Lookout for a Land Rover Involved in Topanga Hit and Run

This past Saturday after noon at around 12:13 PM, a cyclist was hit by a motorist at the intersection of North Topanga Canyon Blvd and Viewridge Road in Topanga Canyon. The cyclist is in the hospital and is being treated for injuries. We wish the rider a quick and speedy recovery.

Authorities are now looking  for a Land Rover with a missing headlight (no word on the color or year). If anyone has information about this hit and run, please contact the West Valley CHP station at 818-888-0980.
Bike Updates from Around the County: Help Form the Carson Bike Master Plan


Carson: The City of Carson has been awarded the 2012 Caltrans Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) Grant to create the city's first Master Plan of Bikeways since 1978! The first community "ideas and suggestions" meeting for the Master Plan of Bikeways will be on Saturday, September 8 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room #111. Also, complete a short online survey to share your thoughts on bicycling in Carson. More info.
USC Campus: New Trojan Sharrows have appeared on the USC campus, and we are pretty giddy about them. Check them out next time you're on campus. See photo on LADOT Bike Program Facebook Page.
New Bike Collision Support Group Forms

Have you been in a bicycle collision and not feeling quite the same?


Join us in a space for individuals who have been involved in a bicycle collision, and come together to learn, heal and support each other.

  • Share your experiences and resources with others who may be suffering from similar symptoms.
  • Gain insight and understanding about emotional and psychological trauma and grief. 
  • Develop new coping strategies.
  • Participate in a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment.
  • All are welcome.

When: This group meets Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Where: 6310 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 401, Los Angeles, 90048

Contact: Aurisha Smolarski, MFT Intern # 68603, at 323.203.1526 or for more information.


Current LACBC members receive a discount.


This support group is brought to you by The Aten Group Comprehensive Psycological Services and LACBC.

Bikes, Costumes, and Fun Collide at Tour de FatTourdeFat

New Belgium's Tour de Fat is back in LA to benefit some of your favorite local bike orgs: LACBC, C.I.C.L.E., and the Bicycle Kitchen. Join us for a celebration of bikes, fun costumes, a parade, performances, beer, and more! LACBC will once again be leading the parade and benefiting from your parade donations, and we'll also be providing complimentary bike valet.


Volunteer with LACBC! To make this event--particularly the parade and bike valet--a success, we'll need YOU! We'll need ride marshals, cabooses, and ride support; people to help at our LACBC booth; bike valets; and many more volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering with LACBC, please contact Martin Lopez-Iu at Volunteers will receive free beer tokens and a Tour de Fat t-shirt. The following volunteer shifts are available:

Ride Marshals: 10 AM - 1 PM

Registration/Donation Collection: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bike Valet: 10:30 AM - 1 PM, 1 - 3:30 PM, 3:30 - 6 PM
LACBC Booth: 10:30 AM - 1 PM, 1 - 3:30 PM, 3:30 - 6PM


View more info about New Belgium's Tour de Fat Los Angeles (must be 21 or older to enter the website).


New Belgium's Tour de Fat - Los Angeles

When: Saturday, September 15; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Parade starts at 11 AM)

Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park - 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

Hasta Luego, Brenda!

We wish the best to our Metro Bike Locker Inspector Brenda Yancor, who left on a bike trip to Guatemala this week. Brenda will be riding with Raices Roots Ridas, a collective of cyclists embarking on a journey from Los Angeles to San Andres Itzapa in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Other members of Raices Roots Ridas include LACBC volunteers Woody and Miguel.

You can check for updates on their journey at and on the Raices Roots Ridas Facebook page. We wish them the best on their journey!
Thanks for Joining Us for Our Sunday FunGay Ride 

Thanks to out 50 riders who came out for our latest Sunday Funday ride, the Sunday FunGay Ride. Special thanks to LACBC Board Member Herbie Huff and local chapter West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition for leading the ride and educating us about local gay history and bike advocacy in WeHo.

Check out some of our photos from the ride, courtesy of LACBC member Liz Huff.

Also, we'll be taking a break from Sunday Funday rides next month since you should all be coming to CicLAvia on the first Sunday of the month. We'll resume Sunday Funday rides on November 4th, when we have tentatively scheduled a mountain bike ride.
The WeHoBC Guest Hosts Bike Talk! Radio this Saturday 

Co-producers Nicholas Richert & Mark Elliot (of Better Bike Beverly Hills) invite you to listen to the new (and improved!) Bike Talk hour long podcast every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon (PST) via internet radio at Please visit the new Bike Talk audio & show notes site at

This Saturday, local LACBC chapter West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, will be co-hosting the show and updating you all on what's happening in WeHo. Be sure to listen in at, or find the archived show afterwards here.
Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Program East Meeting Coming Up

If you want to make your City of Los Angeles neighborhood a better place to ride, join our
 Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program! The Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program is a new way for LACBC members & volunteers to work on neighborhood-scale projects and organize local support for bike projects and LACBC campaigns in the City of Los Angeles. 


We have 5 different regions for the NBA program: Eastside/Northeast LA, Central LA, South LA, the Westside, and the Valley. The Valley, West, South, and Central meetings have already happened (you can read up on the South LA meeting on LA Streetsblog), but the East meeting is still coming up. Join us!


East Meeting
When: Thursday, September 20; 7 PM
Where: The Flying Pigeon3404 N. Figueroa St., 90065

What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Bikerowave Visits the Farmers' Market

Bikerowave Offers Free Farmers Market Valet
Bikerowave Offers Free Farmers Market Valet
Did you know that Westside bike co-op Bikerowave can be found at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market every Sunday? Bikeorwave offers bike valet, free tune-ups, minor repairs, and information to the farmers' market's many patrons.
The Venice-Mar Vista Patch recently caught up with Bikerowave volunteers Meg and Enzo to learn more about this co-op and how they are helping more people get on their bikes.

Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities


East LA Bike Ride
When: Saturday, September 8; 9 AM
Parks & Recreation and Supervisor Gloria Molina are hosting an East LA bicycle ride as part of Artsfest and Taste of East LA. LACBC is looking for volunteers to marshal the rides and help out with bike valet. Email to volunteer.

Carson Bike Master Plan Community Meeting
When: Saturday, September 8; 11 AM to 12:30 PM
More info in newsletter. 

ArtCycle East Hollywood
When: Saturday, September 8; 12 PM to 8 PM
Where: Madison Ave and Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and the East Hollywood Arts and Culture Committee are bringing you the fourth annual ArtCycle, a community event designed to celebrate the arts, bicycling, public space and sustainable living in the heart of Los Angeles.  ArtCycle is a street fair with a decidedly do-it-yourself twist. There will be live bands, DJs, food trucks, performance art and bike rides to visit local galleries and public art! More info at


National Women's Bicycling Summit
When: Thursday, September 13; 2:30 PM
Where: Long Beach Convention Center - 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802 
This half-day event will be hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and APBP, in partnership with
 Women on Bikes SoCal and Pro Walk/Pro Bike. It will feature targeted break-out sessions and a keynote address. It will bridge the worlds of style and advocacy with the Cycle Chic Fashion Show and give participants the chance to network at a post-show after party. Register here

Dinner & Bikes (& Cupcakes)
 2012: Portland Comes to Santa Monica  
Friday, September 14; Doors open at 6 PM, d
inner bell rings at 7pm
Where: 502 Colorado, Santa Monica
Join local LACBC chapter Santa Monica Spoke and 'Taking the Lane' & 'Bikenomics' writer Elly Blue,
 documentarian and founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel, and traveling celebrity vegan chef Josh Ploeg for a night of good bike fun, good food, and good company. More info at RSVP here 

Tour de Fat Los Angeles

When: Saturday, September 15; 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Los Angeles Historic State Park
More info in newsletter

Changing the Mechanics: How Bikes are Transforming the Way LA Moves

When: Wednesday, September 19; Reception begins at 6 PM and program begins at 7 PM
Where: The California Endowment, Center for Healthy Communities, Yosemite Hall - 1000 North Alameda, Los Angeles, 90012
CenterScene Public Programs invites you to meet a panel of advocates working to carve out a space in LA's landscape for this low-cost and environmentally-friendly alternative on our roads. Hear how their work is facilitating economic development, alleviating environmental issues, and addressing transportation for low-income communities, as well as making bicycle transit a safe, viable and attractive alternative for car-dependent Angelenos. This panel features our own Planning & Policy Director Eric Bruins, former LACBC Urban Strategy Coordinator Allison Mannos, and UCLA Professor and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department Richard Jackson. RSVP here

CicLAvia to the Sea 1st Exploratory Ride
When: Sunday, September 23; 10 AM
Where: Meet at 8804 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City
Are you interested in bringing CicLAvia to Culver City, Venice, and Santa Monica? Join the CicLAvia to the Sea Host Committee for their very first ride as to explore different routes for a future CicLAvia. See Facebook event.

Carmageddon Bike Ride
When: Saturday, September 29 
Where: the Westside

Our local chapters on the Westside are hard and work organizing a fun series of bike rides around the Westside to show locals that a little freeway closure isn't catastrophe, but a great opportunity to stay local and explore your neighborhood by bike! Leave the car at home, and have a CicLAvia-pre party in the weekend before CicLAvia! More details to follow in upcoming newsletters.

CicLAvia 10.07.12
When: Sunday, October 7; 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: Downtown LA, South LA, MacArthur Park, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights
LA's biggest block party just moved up a week and features a modified route that hits South LA and explores more of Boyle Heights. Visit for more info. Check our to volunteer!
Other Events Around Town

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Carol Feucht
Membership & Communications Manager
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

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