Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter
November 15, 2012
|Educate, Activate, Calculate for a More Bike-Friendly Los Angeles County|
Here at LACBC HQ we are bursting with pride with how much we've grown as an organization while contributing to the progress of making a more a bike-friendly Los Angeles.
LACBC needs to build on our foundation, supporting that growth and becoming an even stronger voice for ALL bicyclists in LA County. We have devised a three-part program to successfully build neighborhood level support for bicycle projects. This comprehensive program can be summarized as Activate, Educate, Calculate.
To successfully staff and implement this program we need to raise $125,000.
Please make a donation today!
Bike Updates from Around the County: Beverly Hills City Council Unanimously Approves Bike Route Pilot Program
Beverly Hills: This week, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved the Bike Route Pilot Program. Brace yourselves for bike lanes on Burton Way and Crescent Drive! The Patch reports that Vice Mayor John Mirisch said, "It's about time that we get with it when it comes to being bike-friendly. This certainly isn't as extensive as we had hoped, but it's a start." Read more in the Beverly Hills Patch.
Alhambra: The City of Alhambra has released the draft bike plan for public review at alhambrabikeplan.com. City staff will then present the plan at a City Council study session on Monday, November 19, at 5:30 PM at the Alhambra Civic Center Public Library's Ruth Reese Hall. Come out to supply feedback and make sure that the plan provides safe routes for bicyclists! More info here.
Long Beach: More public meetings will be held for the Daisy-to-Myrtle Bike Path to offer stakeholder the chance to provide input. According to Brian Addison of LA Streetsblog, the proposed path would stretch from "the northern tip of the 9th District where Long Beach meets Paramount all the way southward to the current court house downtown." The next three meetings are:
- Monday, November 19 at 7:30PM in Veterans Park located at 101 E 28th Street.
- Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00PM in Drake Park, located at 951 North Park Circle.
- Wednesday, November 21 at 6:00PM in the Rescue Mission, located at 1335 Pacific Avenue.
Court System Fails Alan Deane and His Family
We are disappointed to report that Sidharth Misra, the driver who killed Alan Deane as Alan was riding his bicycle on Colorado Blvd. in September 2011, was given a light sentence on November 13 in the Pasadena Superior Court. As we suspected before the hearing, the terms of the sentence were predetermined by a plea bargain deal in which Misra was convicted of Reckless Driving. His sentence included 10 hours of community labor, 400 hours of community service, 3 years probation, a few small fines, and restitution that has still not been confirmed (but was estimated to be around $4,000). Misra still keeps his driver's license.
Somehow, the suspension or revocation of a person's driving privilege must become automatic in cases like this. It would be a step in the right direction towards making the punishment fit the crime, and would be an incentive for people to simply drive more carefully.
Read more on the LACBC blog.
|Support LACBC on Climate Ride California or NYC-DC 2013|
How can you enjoy an incredible 5-day bicycle ride in Northern California or on the East Coast while supporting LACBC? Climate Ride - the nation's largest environmental cycling event and 'green conference on wheels' is coming.
The exciting part for LACBC is that anyone who signs up for the ride gets to choose which organization they will be raising money for - and you can choose LACBC!
First you register, reach the fundraising minimum and train for the ride, then come along and discover why Climate Ride is the premiere green event in the country. Amazing riding, epic scenery, and great speakers all combine to make this a remarkable experience.
Climate Ride California (May 19-23, 2013) is a 5-day, fully-supported bicycle ride from Fortuna to San Francisco under towering redwoods, through the Russian River Wine Country, and along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route - one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. Join the LACBC Team or make a general team donation.
Climate Ride NYC-DC (Sept. 21-25, 2013) is a grand cycling adventure that connects two of the nation's most important cities - New York and Washington, DC - by bicycle. The ride begins with an exciting departure from Manhattan by ferry, then travels through charming towns in rural New Jersey and Amish Country. The finale is a hero's welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol.
Climate Ride also features nightly speakers who focus on bicycle advocacy, sustainability, and renewable energy. If you are interested in forming and joining the NYC-DC team, please contact Kelly Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more and register at www.climateride.org. If you have questions about joining the LACBC team or donating to the team, please contact Kelly Martin at email@example.com
|ACTION ALERT: Ride Lankershim|
Ride Lankershim is an LACBC Valley Bike Ambassador campaign to advocate for proposed bike lanes on Lankershim and Cahuenga as part of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan.
The addition of bike lanes on Lankershim will accent the people-oriented district this community has become and will ultimately make the area a more vibrant and livable community. Having bike lanes on Cahuenga will also address a gap in connectivity between the Valley and Hollywood communities.
Join us in taking action! Spread the word to your friends who live in the area. Here's what you can do to help:
1. Join us on a ride and invite your friends! Ride Lankershim!
When: December 8; 10:00 AM
Where: Meet at Metropolis Bikes - 4660 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Join us for a roughly 3.5 mile ride along Lankershim (proposed bike lanes), Colfax (existing bike lanes) and the Chandler Bikeway (bike path). We are also doing outreach to promote the proposed bike lanes on Lankershim and Cahuenga. See Ride Lankershim page and Facebook event for more details.
2. Sign our Petition
Express your support for bike lanes on Lankershim and Cahuenga. Add your voice here and let us know why bike lanes here are important for you.
3. Join our mailing list
If you are interested in signing onto our Lankershim & Cahuenga newsletter, let us know here .
In the next few weeks we'll be canvassing pedestrians and businesses on Lankershim. Join our team - contact Alek at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about our Ride Lankershim campaign or are interested in volunteering, feel free to contact Alek Bartrosouf at email@example.com or (213) 629-2142. You can learn more about the campaign at la-bike.org/ridelankershim.
|You're Invited to Tour de Taste: Holiday Edition|
LACBC's Tour de Taste returns to Culver City this Fall, and we are excited for some bicycling, eating, ice skating, and Culver City exploration this holiday season! Take a guided bike tour of Ballona Creek in the morning, then enjoy local cuisine and ice skating afterwards.
So far we have food from Culver Hotel, Kay 'n Dave's, LaRocco's Pizzeria, Chipotle, and Rocco's Tavern on the menu. Plus, a discount on Culver City Ice Skating Rink will be available to TdT participants. And the menu and participating businesses are still growing.
Tour de Taste: Holiday Edition
When: Sunday, December 2; Registration Opens at 9:00 AM
Where: Culver City Town Plaza at the Historic Culver Hotel - 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City (corner of Washington Blvd. and Culver Blvd.)
Tickets are $20 for LACBC members, $30 for nonmembers, and $55 for the combo of admission ($30) and an LACBC membership ($25 - $10 off the normal price).
Enjoy eating and bicycling, all while supporting LACBC, the organization that works for you to build a better, more bike-able LA County!
Learn more and purchase tickets at la-bike.org/tourdetaste.
|Vote for Our Bicycle the Forest PSA|
For the "Discover the Forest and Get Your Community Outdoors" GOOD Maker Challenge, we think that getting outdoors on your bike is a great way to discover it! We've submitted a "Bicycle the Forest" image.
Vote for LACBC's image by November 30th to help us develop this PSA.
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Not-Cyclists
Bikes are good for business! We've read many articles
about why bike infrastructure is good for business and we're working with businesses for the Ride Lankershim
campaign, but we think Bikeyface
does a great job of summarizing why in three fun illustrations. First of all, it can sometimes be difficult for business owners to recognize that they already have people riding and walking to their businesses because they have a preconceived notion of what a cyclist looks like. People riding bikes and walking are also more likely to stop and check out a business.
Check out Not-Cyclists
, and print it out to present to a business next time it turns down a bike rack request
or is afraid of losing car parking due to the addition of a bike lane.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Green Festival Los Angeles
When: Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center - 1201 S. Figueroa
The Green Festival return to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and our own Eric Alcaraz will be presenting a workshop on bicycle repair in Spanish ("Reparar Su Bicicleta") at the DIY stage at 1 PM on Saturday. Event is free to attend if you ride your bike! More info.
Touring LA County with LACBC & Where to Bike: Through the San Gabriel Foothills
When: Sunday, November 18; Meet at 8:30 AM, Ride at 9:00 AM
Where: Classic Coffee - 148 North Glendora Avenue, Glendora, 91741 (Meet in the public parking lot behind Classic Coffee)
Join LACBC and Where to Bike Los Angeles for a 50-mile bicycle tour in the San Gabriel foothills along the northeastern fringe of suburban Los Angeles. 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). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info.
Glendale Mayor's Bike Ride
When: Sunday, November 18; 9 AM
Where: Glendale City Hall, Parcher Plaza - 613 E. Broadway, Glendale
Join Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero and local LACBC chapter Walk Bike Glendale for the 2nd annual ride with the Mayor! This family friendly ride is open to all ages. It will be a great opportunity to meet the Mayor and ride around town. See Facebook Event.
Tour de Taste
When: Sunday, December 2; Registration opens at 9 AM
When: Saturday, December 8; 10 AM
Holiday Caroling Ride
When: Sunday, December 16; 5 PM
Where: Larmont area, exact location TBD
Save the date for our annual caroling ride around Larchmont! This family friendly ride will travel 1-2 miles and allow you to admire the festive homes in the Larmont neighborhood. More details to follow!
Join LACBC or Renew
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is a member-supported organization that works for you to build a better, more bike-able L.A. County.
Members are the backbone of LACBC! Help keep LACBC strong by becoming an LACBC member (or renewing your membership) and be part of the change!
Membership & Communications Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
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