Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter

August 15, 2013 

In this issue
Join LACBC or Renew Your LACBC Membership to Score a Trip to Tour de Fat - San Diego!
LACBC Presents: What Do Elected Officials Want to Hear?
Celebrate the Launch of Active Streets L.A. on August 24
City of Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count - Sign Up to Volunteer Now
Bike Updates from Around L.A. County: Gateway Cities Active Transportation Planning Meeting on Monday
We're Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator
Just Two More Bike Valets at Grand Performances Left this Season
Take a FREE Bicycle Safety Class this Summer
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Top 14 Bike Scenes in Film
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities

Join LACBC or Renew Your Membership to Score a Trip to Tour de Fat - San Diego


One more LACBC member! 


Join LACBC or renew your LACBC membership to help make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to bike and for a chance to score a trip for two to Tour de Fat - San Diego on September 28th!


Anyone who becomes an LACBC member or renews a membership between August 15, 2013 and September 12, 2013 will automatically be entered 5 times into a drawing to win a trip for two to New Belgium's Tour de Fat in San Diego. The winner and a guest, plus their bicycles, will travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, enjoy two nights at the swanky Omni San Diego Hotel, and follow their folly at New Belgium's Tour de Fat - San Diego, a bike and beer festival that has no equal.



Tour de Fat - San Diego takes place on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Golden Hill Park and benefits our friends at the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.


Get more information about the sweepstakes here. Raffle tickets will also be sold at events where LACBC is present through September 12th.


Many thanks to Amtrak California and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition for sponsoring the sweepstakes.

LACBC Presents: What Do Elected Officials Want to Hear? (And Are Bike Advocates Saying It?)


When: Thursday, August 22; 7 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room (1st floor) - 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90014
Admission: FREE for LACBC Members / $10 general admission
Refreshments courtesy of Angel City Brewery

RSVP to the Facebook event.


One of the key aspects of bike advocacy is working and communicating with elected officials and their staff. Are we saying the right things? What works and what doesn't? Join the LACBC and the Planning Committee for the third installment in the LACBC Speaker Series on August 22nd. Our speakers include:

  • Paul Backstrom - Transportation Policy Director, Office of City of L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin
  • Laura Friedman - Councilmember, City of Glendale
  • Marlen Garcia - Councilmember, City of Baldwin Park
  • Justin Hager - Communications Director, Office of CA Assemblymember Mike Gatto
Celebrate the Launch of Active Streets L.A. on August 24

Active Streets L.A. empowers communities to create safe walking and bicycling routes to parks, schools, and local businesses along their neighborhood streets.

Active Streets L.A. is a partnership of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TRUST South LA, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with funding through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
We're having a celebration to launch Active Streets L.A.. Join us for a walk and bike ride, family-friendly activities, lunch, and a raffle for a bike, Mama's Chicken gift cards, grocery store gift cards, and more!
Active Streets L.A. Launch 
When: Sunday, August 24; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (bike/walk is at 11:30 a.m.)
Where: Angeles Mesa Elementary School - 2611 W 52nd St., Los Angeles, 90043 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up/breakdown, directing participants, accompanying participants on the ride and walk events, managing the raffle, and assisting vendors. Shifts are: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.. Email to sign up to volunteer!

City of Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count - Sign Up to Volunteer Now!



Who Gets Counted Counts!


In 2009, we counted 14,000 bicyclists and 62,000 pedestrians. In 2011, we counted over 15,000 bicyclists and 75,000 pedestrians. How many people on bikes and foot will we count this year? Every two years we get all our clipboards out, remind ourselves how to use tally marks, and invite everyone to participate in a massive data collection endeavor!


LACBC and Los Angeles Walks present to you the 2013 Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count!


The dates for the L.A. Bike & Ped Count are:

  • Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How you can help:

1. Sign Up to Volunteer!

We have over 100 locations (see map) all across the City of Los Angeles, and there are three counts times for each one. We need hundreds of volunteers to make sure that people on bikes and people on foot are getting counted. Most locations only require 1 volunteer, so shifts will fill up fast. Sign up soon to get the location and time you want!


Sign up for a count shift!


All volunteers will get a super fresh Bike & Ped Count t-shirt and an exclusive invite to our bumpin' post-count volunteer party!


1a. Sign Up to Attend a Volunteer Orientation!
After you've signed up for a shift, sign up for a Volunteer Orientation. We've changed the method for data collection for this count, so all volunteers are required to attend an orientation, even if you've done bike & ped counts with us in the past. Note that you don't have to sign up for an orientation in your count area. All orientations will be the same - just sign up for the location that is most convenient for you. 
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.: Fire Station No. 89 - 7063 N. Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, 91605 (Valley)
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.: Glassell Senior Citizen Center - 3750 Verdugo Rd., 90065 (East)
  • Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m.: location TBA (West)
  • Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m.: LACBC Headquarters, Mezzanine Level - 634 S. Spring St., Downtown L.A.  (Central)
  • Saturday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.: TRUST South L.A. - 4331 S. Main St., South L.A., 90037 (South)
  • Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m.: Southeast L.A. - Watts WorkSource Center - 10950 S. Central Ave., Watts, 90059 (South)

2. Spread the Word.

Share this link or our Facebook event with your friends and encourage them to join in on the bike and ped count fun!


3. Donate to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count.

It takes time, energy, and resources to make the bicycle and pedestrian count happen! It costs roughly $25 to fund a count location, and we have over 120 locations this year. Make a donation to LACBC for a donation that really goes a long way and counts.


Get your data collection on!


Quick Links:

Bike Updates from Around L.A. County: Gateway Cities Active Transportation Planning Meeting on Monday
Gateway Cities:  Come learn about bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts to connect the cities in southeast LA County (east of the 110 and south of the 60), hosted by LACBC and the Gateway Cities Council of Government. Gateway Cities include Long Beach, Montebello, Downey, Compton, Huntington Park, and several other cities and unincorporated areas.


Gateway Cities Active Transportation Planning Meeting
When: Monday, August 19; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 16401 Paramount Boulevard, Paramount, 90723
West Hollywood: 
If you live or ride in West Hollywood, take this short survey from our local chapter Westo Hollywood Bicycle Coalition to share your thoughts on biking and walking in WeHo!

Malibu: The City of Malibu, in collaboration with the Southern California Association of Governments, is conducting the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Safety Study along PCH to examine current road conditions, determine accident patterns, assess traffic conflicts, and develop strategies to improve safety. The study will conclude with recommendations for prioritized improvements along the corridor for all modes of travel. The project will focus on safety improvements recommended for the 21 miles of PCH that run from the eastern to western city limits of Malibu.

Two public meetings are scheduled (August 20 and 22) to review the draft Alternatives Analysis Report, next steps and the project schedule. The Alternatives Analysis phase will serve to prioritize recommended solutions to various key issues previously identified. Input received from the public and project stakeholders will be used to finalize the Alternatives Analysis and develop a list of recommended projects.

PCH Safety Study Meetings
When: Tuesday, August 20 & Thursday, August 22; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Malibu City Hall - 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, 90265
More info.

Marina del Rey: Do you live/play/work in Marina Del Rey? The County of L.A. wants to hear from you!  Contribute ideas on how to make Marina Del Rey more bike-friendly at
LACBC Is Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is hiring a part-time Volunteer Coordinator this fall. S/he will oversee all volunteer needs of the organization and be responsible for recruiting, training, organizing, supervising and thanking volunteers. S/he will be involved in every aspect of LACBC because volunteers are needed in almost every project, program, campaign, and event.


Please read the full job description for more details and instructions on applying. Questions should be emailed to No phone calls please.

Just Two More Bike Valets at Grand Performances Left this Season

We've been having a grand time providing free bike valet for Grand Performances
 this summer, but now our time is coming to an end. We have only two more shows left.

Enjoy the rest of Grand Performances' FREE cultural events at California Plaza (at
350 S. Grand) and enjoy FREE bike valet for a win-win situation. Find bike valet at the upper entrance on Grand Ave. for the following remaining Grand Performances:
Read more on the Grand Performances blog.
Take a FREE Bicycle Safety Class this Summer
Photo: Santa Monica Spoke

For the summer of 2013, LACBC and Metro are proud to offer a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  
LACBC is offering two different classes to choose from. "Street Cycling Skills" is an in-depth 8-hour course that will teach you how to safely ride in all traffic conditions, check your bike for common mechanical problems, and covers a range of bicycle handling skills including emergency maneuvers. "Bicycling on the Road: Need to Know" is a 3-hour class that covers the essentials of safe riding. All classes are lead by certified instructors and include classroom instruction as well as instruction on the bike. All students will receive a free helmet, bike lights, and educational materials. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Go to our Bicycle Safety Classes page for more details and to register for a class today! Check the website, as well as the "Need to Know" and "Street Cycling Skills" Facebook events, for updates.
For more information on classes offered through the OTS Grant awarded to METRO, please visit the following page.
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Top 14 Bike Scenes in Film
Muppet Bikes
Muppet Bikes

We all love our bike films (we're ready to watch Premium Rush for 3rd time), but sometimes we forget about the scenes in films that aren't necessarily considered bike films. Do you remember the iconic bike scenes from The Goonies or E.T.? Metro Blogs has a list of its top 14 bike scenes in movies. Check out the list and see if your favorite bike scene is on there.

To the right we've included a scene from The Great Muppet Caper. Who knew muppets were agile enough to ride bikes?
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities
Grand Performances
with LACBC Bike Valet
When: Saturday, August 17 and Saturday, August 28
More info in newsletter.


Glendale Narrows and Grand Central Walk
When: Sunday, August 18; 8:30 a.m
Where: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk - 1304 Garden Street, Glendale, 91203
Join local chapter Walk Bike Glendale for its first walking event this summer! Explore the new Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, the blossoming Grand Central neighborhood, and of course, the LA River. The walk will be about 2-3 miles, about an hour, and will include several stops of interest. If you're interested in joining WBG on a feeder bike ride to the event, WBG be meeting at 7:50 a.m. at Central Park on Colorado just south of Central Library. See Facebook event.
Tour da Arts, vol. 5
When: Sunday, August 18; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Museum of Art - Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica's sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 5. The Santa Monica Museum of Art's fifth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art. Local chapter Santa Monica Spoke will be providing bike safety tips. FREE admission, registration required. More info


Gateway Cities Active Transportation Plan Community Meeting
When: Monday, August 19; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
More info in newsletter.


PCH Safety Study Meetings
When: Tuesday, August 20, & Thursday, August 22; 6 p.m.
More info in newsletter.
LACBC Presents: What Do Elected Officials Want to Hear?
When: Thursday, August 22; 7 p.m.
More info in newsletter.
Active Streets L.A. Launch
When: Saturday, August 24; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More info in newsletter.


232nd Birthday Celebration of the Founding of the City of Los Angeles - Walk & Ride
When: Saturday, August 31; pedestrians meet at 6:00 a.m. and leave at 6:30 a.m., bicyclists meet at 7:30 a.m. and leave at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at Mission San Gabriel - 428 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, 91776
Celebrate the 232nd Anniversary of the founding of the City of LA.  Annually, El Pueblo, and the Los Pobladores (descendants of the original townspeople) by re-enacting the walk made by the original 44 settlers and 4 soldiers from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo (City of LA Birthplace) in 1781. This year, join us for an a new 9-mile bike ride component co-led by LACBC that will accompany the trek. We will be walking and riding the trail that the original settlers took to get to El Pueblo. See flier on Facebook.


Sunday Funday Ride
When: Sunday, September 1
Where: TBD
Save the date for our next Sunday Funday Ride!
L.A. Bike & Ped Count
When: Tuesday, September 10 and Saturday, September 14
More info in newsletter.


Tour de Co-ops
When: Saturday, September 28
Where: L.A.-area co-ops
Save the day for Tour de Co-ops, a bike ride to visit all of the local co-ops (including LACBC's own Bici Libre) and raise funds for them. See Facebook event.
Other Events Around Town

LACBC Local Chapters

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!
Contact Information

Carol Feucht
Membership & Communications Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition


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