Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter
November 29, 2012
|We'll See You at Tour de Taste: Holiday Edition this Sunday|
LACBC's Tour de Taste returns to Culver City this Sunday, 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, Honey's Kettle, Peddler's Creamery, and Rocco's Tavern on the menu. Plus, a discount at the Culver City Ice Skating Rink and a wine-wasting at Bottle Rock will be available to TdT participants.
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.
Also, you and your friends may purchase tickets on the day of the event. Come by between 9:00 AM at 10:00 AM to register and we'll make sure we get you out on one of the bike rides! For Tour de Taste Participant information, visit la-bike.org/tdtparticipantinfo.
|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: New Bike Lanes in East Hollywood
East Hollywood: 0.3 miles of bike lanes have been striped on Santa Monica Blvd. in East Hollywood from Gateway Ave. (south of Sunset Blvd.) to Virgil Ave. They will eventually connect with future bike lanes on Virgil Ave., scheduled to be added by summer 2013. Read about it at Bikas Los Angeles. Read more on Bikas Los Angeles.
LA River: A new 1-mile portion of LA River Bike and Pedestrian Path has been added between Winnetka Ave. and Reseda Blvd. in the San Fernando Blvd. Another mile of pathway between Winnetka and Reseda is currently under construction. Read more on the LADOT Bike Blog.
LA Union Station: If you use Union Station to get around, attend this Union Station Community Meeting! Union Station is getting an updated Master Plan, and we want to be sure to advocate for bike improvements. Attend and share your views about bike-related investments at the facility. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Metro Headquarters Building's 3rd Floor Board Room at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, 90012. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can stream it online.
Bici Libre Needs Your Donated Bike
It's almost the holiday season and that means it's time to make room for your new bike! Bici Libre, a bike co-op project of LACBC, needs donated bikes! We will take any bike though it's helpful if the frame is in tact. We especially love road bikes! Your bikes can be a tax-deductible donation through LACBC. Stop by during our open hours to drop one off.
Come to Bici Libre and drop off your bike!
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Time: 4-7 PM
Location: Bici Libre - located at 1205 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (map)
|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 email@example.com
For more information about our Ride Lankershim campaign or are interested in volunteering, feel free to contact Alek Bartrosouf at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 629-2142. You can learn more about the campaign at la-bike.org/ridelankershim.
|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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 land in the Top Ten!
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Vintage Bike Safety Manual Advises Not to Be Such Show-offs on Our Bikes
Maria Popova of Brain Pickings has a knack for discovering all these great vintage finds that are pretty hilarious. As you may recall, we've highlighted A List of Don'ts for Women on Bicycles
before, which includes head-scratching advice like "Don't cultivate a 'bicycle face.'"
This time around, Maria has unearthed a vintage bike safety manual from the 1960s
with goofy illustrations that advise folks to not be such show-offs on their bikes--or else! You may be trying to impress the person you're courting by performing dangerous stunts on your bike, but it's not worth it. Safety is sexy!
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Walk Bike Glendale at Montrose Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 1; 6:00 PM
Where: Honolulu Ave. between Rosemont Ave. and Verdugo Rd., Montrose
Walk and bike with local LACBC chapter Walk Bike Glendale
as it participates once again in the Montrose Christmas Parade
! If you'd like to walk and bike with WBG in the parade, contact Rye Baerg at email@example.com.
Tour de Taste
When: Sunday, December 2; Registration opens at 9 AM
Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Social & Send-Off for Darly Grigsby
When: Tuesday, December 4; 6 PM
Help celebrate LACBC local chapter Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition's first year of existence and say goodbye to one of Pomona's leading champions for bicycling: Public Works Director Daryl Grigsby! Daryl has been the main advocate within the City of Pomona to increase the City's cycling projects and to build a healthier and safer Pomona, not just for cyclists, but for everyone. He has increased partnerships with the Department of Public Health, pushed for the completion of a Class II bike lanes to two neighboring cities, and spoken at various Los Angeles conferences, highlighting Pomona's unique demographics and how disenfranchised communities need the most help in creating safer streets. His popular and successful Ride Around Pomona (RAP) rides have inspired the community to go out and discover their city on a bike. Join us as we send him off to San Luis Obispo this Tuesday!
PVBC at Pomona Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 8; 9 AM
Where: corner of 3rd and Gibbs, Pomona
Join local LACBC chapter PVBC at the Pomona Christmas Parade. PVBC will be decked out in the parade theme of Olympic Gold and White and want everyone to join us at this fun event! PVBC will also have a booth at the holiday festival after the parade. If you want to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Saturday, December 8; 10 AM
Santa Monica Family Bike Fest
When: Saturday, December 8; 10 AM
Where: Santa Monica Auditorium - 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90401
This event will help families discover fun new ways to use bicycles for everyday trips. Kids can learn new cycling skills from certified instructors, receive a quick bike safety check, and decorate their helmet and bike. Parents and kids can also try out cool cargo bikes and innovative child-carrying accessories. And many organizations, like our local chapter Santa Monica Spoke
, will be on-hand to share useful tips and resources. More info
. Plus, volunteers are needed, so sign up here
ARTCRANK Los Angeles
When: Saturday, December 8; 6 PM
ARTCRANK, a bicycle-inspired poster and art show, is coming to Orange 20 bicycle shop in the East Hollywood. In addition to awesome bike art, we'll be serving craft beer by Widmer Brothers Brewing in ARTCRANK pint glasses, with proceeds benefitting LA Streetsblog. More info.
Touring LA County with LACBC & Where to Ride: Lighthouses--The Palos Verdes Coastline and Historic San Pedro
When: Sunday December 9; Meet at 8:30 AM, Ride at 9:00 AM
Where: West end of Convoy St. at Pacific Avenue., Playa del Rey (map) - Meet in the public parking lot at the basketball court.
Wide, flat beaches may seem like quintessential LA, but this County's long stretch of coastline (comprising 10% of California's oceanfront) is actually far more varied. Join LACBC and Where to bike for this 50-mile ride that takes in a range of coastal experiences. We'll pass two remarkably different historic lighthouses en route to the vibrant working port of San Pedro (a spectacle in its own right). More info.
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 neihood. 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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