Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter
July 5, 2012
Thanks for Raising $8,893 for LACBC through the CLIF Bar 2 Mile Challenge
Thanks to everyone who participated in CLIF Bar's 2 Mile Challenge this June! Together, we raised $8,893 for LACBC, rode 75,222 miles, took 6 cars off the road for a full year, and enjoyed 7,522 hours of sunshine.
Thanks to CLIF Bar for donating this money to LACBC and encouraging folks to ride their bikes. Also, if you want to keep logging your bike trips this July, your trips will help benefit another bicycle advocacy nonprofit, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)!
More LA Bike Lanes on the Way: City of LA Announces Preparation of EIR on 43.3 Miles of Bike Lane Projects
Over the last year, since the adoption of the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, the City has shown a real commitment to improving conditions for bicycling. This past fiscal year has been the best yet for bicycle infrastructure implementation and planning: the city exceeded its goal of installing 40 miles of bike lanes by installing 51 miles of bike lanes and also installed 20 miles of sharrows; a bike network has been growing in Downtown LA; a record number of bike rack requests have been fulfilled; and the City's first physically separated bike lane was announced.
Looking into what's ahead for the next year, the City has just released its prepared first-year implementation strategy Environmental Impact Review (EIR) proposal for 43 miles of bike lanes. There are several upcoming scoping meetings to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the EIR process and give input on the included projects. Below is the meeting information as well as information for a webinar that will cover the same information.
When: Tuesday, July 10; 5 PM to 7 PM
Where: Caltrans District 7 Building, Room 01.040B - 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90012
When: Thursday, July 12; 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: LADOT Western Parking Enforcement Office - 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., 1st Floor, Los Angeles, 90064
When: Wednesday, July 18; 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, California Building - 570 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles, 90065
When: Tuesday, July 17; 3 PM to 4 PM
Click here to reserve your Webinar seat
As the City continues to move ahead with implementing the adopted 2010 Bicycle Plan, it is critical to show support for the City's vision. Sign-up to get involved with our new Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Program and help advocate for the many projects included in the EIR and more.
Read more on the LACBC blog.
Thanks for Getting Your Thrills in Beverly Hills this Past Weekend
|Timelapse: Beverly Thrills Ride (07.01.12)|Thank you to Will Campbell for leading a thrilling ride through Beverly Hills this past Sunday! Also, thank to Mark Elliot of LACBC local chapter Better Bike Beverly Hills, Ted Rogers, Niall Huffman, and Eric Weinstein for helping with the ride.
Over 50 riders came out to visit celebrity homes and other sights and sounds of the hills.
We'll see you again on August 5th for a Sunday Funday Ride around the Long Beach and Lakewood area. We'll have more details in upcoming e-newsletters.
Bike Infrastructure and Policy Updates from Around the County
The northern extension of the Main Street bike lanes are complete! You can now ride northbound between 9th Street to Cesar Chavez Ave. in a bike lane that complements the Spring Street green lane. (Bikas
New lanes have been installed on Huntington Drive in El Sereno. These 2.1-mile lanes extend from Esmerelda Street to Maycrest Avenue. (Bikas)
The folks at Caltech Bike Lab
are circulating a petition requesting that the City of Pasadena improves east-west corridors in Pasadena, particularly along Cordova Ave., Green, Union, and Del Mar Ave
. Sign the petition
and read more about it in the Pasadena Star News
The City of Pomona is drafting its Bike Master Plan and wants your feedback. The City of Pomona's second public meeting for the Bicycle Master Plan/Active Transportation Plan will be on Wednesday, July 18 from 6 to 8 PM at Emerson Middle School in Pomona. More info
The City of South Gate is drafting up a Bicycle Transportation Plan, and the City is looking for feedback. Read a draft of the bike plan, and come to a community meeting on Saturday, July 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the South Gate Senior Center. More info
Thanks for Taking the LACBC Membership Survey
Thanks to everyone who took the LACBC membership survey last month. We value your feedback, and we're busy compiling the results to share with you later this month.
Also, congrats to LACBC member Joel G., who took the membership survey and was randomly selected in a drawing to receive a limited-edition "Tu Familia" screen print from Aaron Kuehn!
LACBC has partnered with Grand Performances for a sweet series of bike valets this summer! Every Friday and Saturday night from now until the end of August, Grand Performances will be hosting FREE concerts, film screenings, dance performances, etc. at the outdoor California Plaza in Downtown LA, and we'll be providing the bike valet!
Check out the schedule of Grand Performances with bike valet below and head over to their website for more info: GrandPerformances.org.
Friday, July 6 - San Pedro Squeeze: Accordion Festival
Saturday, July 7 - Jazz Mafia
Saturday, July 14 - KCRW Presents: Nitin Sawhney
Friday, July 20 - Peace Go With You, Gil: Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron
Saturday, July 21 - Vamos Al Mambo! : Tribute to Cachao
Friday, July 27 - Mastery & Legacy: The Music of Hawai'i
Saturday, July 28 - Breakestra and Bibi Tanga: Funk
Friday, August 3 - A Symphony of Hope: Haiti Fundraiser
Saturday, August 4 - KCRW Presents: Niyaz and Strunz & Farah
Friday, August 10 - Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu: Hawaiian Dance
Saturday, August 11 - Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu:Hawaiian Dance
Friday, August 24 - KCRW Presents: El Gavachillo & Brownout
Saturday, August 25 - KCRW Presents: Ana Tijoux & Nomadic Massive
Volunteer for Bike Valet! In order to offer bike valet, we'll need your help! We have two shifts for each valet: 7-9 PM and 9-11 PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: "Ma Bicyclette" Is Your New Bike Summer Anthem (Maybe)
Ma Bicyclette | Andrew Huang ft. Side Pony Nation
It's been two summers since Mark Ronson & The Business Intl came out with "The Bike Song," a charming song about riding your bike (until you get home). We couldn't help but be reminded of "The Bike Song" when we first listened to "Ma Bicyclette" by Andrew Huang featuring Side Pony Nation this week.
"Ma Bicyclette" is perhaps a little less charming but perhaps also more amusing. Side Pony Nation really steals the spotlight singing lyrics like,"Honky honky, beep beep beepy / Get on a bike and out that Jeepy."
Is this our new bike summer anthem? It's unclear. But we do know that we cannot get the chorus of "Ma bicyclette, ma bicyclette, ma bi-cy-clette" out of our heads.
Disclaimer: Watch video at your own risk. LACBC does not assume responsibility if you cannot get "Ma Bicyclette" out of your head.
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Garden Bike Ride
When: Sunday, July 8; 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Memorial Park - 320 N. Orange Place, Azusa
Local LACBC chapter Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition kicks off its summer series of bike rides with this garden tour. Ride through downtown Azusa and Glendora, by Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College, and along the scenic route of Sierra Madre with a beautiful view of the valley. The ride should be about 10 miles. The ride will be in conjunction with the Azusa Community Garden to show the fun of community gardening and learn tips on how to manage or start your own garden. See Facebook Event.
Los Angeles Walks Community Meeting
When: Tuesday, July 10; 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Downbeat Cafe (downstairs) - 1202 North Alvarado St., Los Angeles, 90026 Los Angeles Walks wants your feedback on expanding our current campaigns. Come by and let us know what you think would make walking in L.A. safer, easier, more convenient and more fun! Snacks and drinks provided. More info.
Beat the Drum (with LACBC Bike Valet)
When: Sunday, July 15; 6 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Ford Amphitheater - 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East., Los Angeles, 90068
LACBC is hosting a bike valet for Beat the Drum's 2nd Annual Drum Festival. The event will be celebrating and showcasing the diverse rhythms of life in Los Angeles. To volunteer for the bike valet email email@example.com! More info.
Weighing In: Addressing Youth Obesity in L.A. County
When: Tuesday, July 17; 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: The Crawford Family Forum - 474 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 91105 BikeSGV teams up with KPCC to bring you this panel on addressing youth obesity. This child and teen obesity focused program will look at clips from the HBO/Institute of Medicine documentary series "Weight of the Nation" and take up the realities of dealing with obesity in and around Los Angeles. Tickets are free, but RSVPs are required on the KPCC website. More info.
Pomona Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting
When: Wednesday, July 18; 6 PM to 8 PM
More info in newsletter.
Grand Fondo Giro D'Italia
When: Saturday & Sunday, July 21 &22
The traditional Italian "Grand Fondo" is coming to Los Angeles! LACBC will be out in full support, and event organizers are looking for volunteers to help with everything from set up and registration to food and water stations. Sign up to ride or volunteer at gfgiro.com.
Puente Hills Loop Ride
When: Sunday, July 22; 9 AM to 3 PM
Where: Walnut Ranch Park (near Mt. SAC) - 20101 Amar Rd., Walnut, 91788
Join the the newly formed Puente Hills Bicycle Coalition for the first Puente Hills Loop Ride! Start at Walnut Ranch Park, or start at any of the other ride check points throughout the day. See Facebook event.
South Gate Bicycle Transportation Plan Review & Community Workshop
When: Saturday, July 28; 10 AM to 1 PM
More info in newsletter.
Sunday Funday Ride
When: Sunday, August 5
Where: Long Beach/Lakewood
More details to follow in coming weeks.
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 Manager
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
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