Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Newsletter

August 28, 2014

In this issue
Justice for Milt Olin: Bike Ride and Vigil to Be Held Next Wednesday
Action Alert: Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk at Risk for Removal
Help Make Operation Firefly Possible this Fall - Donate Today!
Carson Sunday Funday Ride on September 7th
Updates from Around L.A. County: Metro Seeks Input on Bikeshare Station Locations
LACBC Members Save at Gelateria Uli in Downtown L.A.
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Emmy Nominee Tom Smuts of Mad Men Biked 17 Miles to the Emmys
Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities

Justice for Milt Olin: Bike Ride and Vigil to Be Held Next Wednesday


Yesterday we learned that the L.A. County District Attorney's Office would not be pressing charges against the sheriff's deputy who struck and killed Milt Olin in Calabasas last December. The sheriff's deputy was typing on his mobile computer in his patrol car when he struck Olin at 48 miles per hour. Olin, a prominent entertainment attorney and former executive for Napster, was pronounced dead at the scene. 


The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Yield to Life, and the Ghost Bike Foundation will host a ride and vigil for Milt Olin to call on the D.A. to revisit the investigation and consider pressing charges.


When: Wednesday, September 3; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Schedule of events:

  • 4:00 p.m. Meet at crash site (around 22532 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302)
  • 4:15 p.m. Moment of silence
  • 4:30 p.m. Start ride
  • 6:30 p.m. Leave from the L.A. Zoo parking lot (5333 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, CA 90027). Other riders can meet up here.
  • 7:30-8:00 p.m. Arrive at District Attorney's office (210 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • 8:00 p.m. Candlelight vigil

The public is invited to join us at the beginning, ride with us, join us for the vigil, or meet us at any point along the way (exact route to be determined).


See more information on the LACBC website:

Action Alert: Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk at Risk for Removal

The long saga of the Hyperion Avenue Viaduct, connecting Silver Lake and Atwater Village over the Los Angeles River, continues. As Streetsblog reported earlier this month, the city's traffic studies show that the most progressive option (two sidewalks, buffered bike lanes and a three-lane road diet) move cars just as effectively as the current four-lane configuration. This option is safer for everyone, maintains pedestrian access and dramatically improves conditions for bicyclists. The Hyperion Citizens Advisory Committee, including representatives from LACBC and Los Angeles Walks, voted 6 to 3 in support of this option.

Yet a vocal contingent in Atwater refuses to let the facts carry the day, potentially derailing the best option for the bridge. Councilmember Tom LaBonge has already announced his opposition to a livable bridge, citing disproved claims about traffic delays and truck routes.


The Eastsider this week covered the vocal factions that each support different options.


Now is the time for biking, walking and traffic safety advocates to be heard. Please send emails in support of Option 3 to Councilmembers LaBonge and O'Farrell, Mayor Garcetti and the Board of Public Works. A sample message is below:





Subject: Save the Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk: Support Option 3

Dear Councilmen LaBonge and O'Farrell,

I support Option 3 for the Hyperion Viaduct, which preserves sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and adds buffered bike lanes so that people can walk and bike between Silver Lake and Atwater Village in safety and comfort. Even though this option reduces a downhill traffic lane, city studies show that this road diet will not have any impact on traffic. Option 3 is the safest alternative, provides the most mobility for all residents and will let people walk and bike to a revitalized Los Angeles River that is currently inaccessible for many Angelenos. No other option provides all of these benefits for a more livable Los Angeles.

Please support Option 3 to have buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of Hyperion.




Help Make Operation Firefly Possible this Fall - Donate Today!


"Operation Firefly" (Operac�on Luci�rnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night. When riding at night in California, a white front light and reflectors are required by law (CVC21201). More importantly, riding without lights and reflectors is dangerous. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 69% of bicyclist fatalities in 2012 in the U.S. were in urban areas, and 48% of the bicyclist fatalities occured between 4:00 pm and midnight (NHTSA "Traffic Safety Facts" April 2014 DOT HS 812 018).Our goal is to seek out people riding without lights for various reasons, especially riders who may not have the means or time to acquire lights on their own.


Sponsor Operation Firefly


We need your support to help make Operation Firefly bigger and better, so we can reach even more night-time bicycle riders. Below are some fun levels at which you can join Team Firefly and receive a premium. And volunteers are always welcome!


Lights, hats, and vests will ship beginning the first week of November 2014.


Learn more and make your donation at!


Operation Firefly Sponsor Levels & Premiums





Carson Sunday Funday Ride on September 7th
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When: Sunday, September 7; meet at 9:30 a.m., ride at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Stevenson Park - 17400 Lysander Dr., Carson

Our next Sunday Funday ride will be led by local chapter Carson Bicycle Coalition. The route will be a 13-mile tour through the Carson's hidden gems of past, present, and future.  The tour will include a "Bikes-Eye View" of places like the Velodrome Cycling Arena at the Stub Hub Center, Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Goodyear Blimp, South Bay Pavilion, the future sites of the Porsche Experience Driving Track and The Boulevards Shopping Center, the City Hall and Community Center, and a cross-section of a few Carson residential neighborhoods.

More info.

RSVP through the Facebook event.
Updates from Around L.A. County: Metro Seeks Input on Bikeshare Station Locations

Downtown, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Long Beach: Metro is leading a regional effort to develop a user-friendly bikeshare system to increase transportation choices for people traveling to and from transit stations and making short trips. 

Metro is currently studying station locations in the Regional Bikeshare Implementation Plan and seeking input on areas identified for Phase 1 implementation: downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica.


Downtown L.A.: 2nd Street, in between Spring and Broadway, will continue be closed for the next 3 weeks due to the Metro Regional Connector project. The westbound directional lane on 2nd, in between Spring and Main, will also be closed during the day from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next 2 eeks. More info. 

Downey: The next two workshops for the Downey Bicycle Master Plan have been scheduled. They are:
Community Workshop #2

When: Thursday, August 28; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center - 7810 Quill Dr., Downey, 90242

    • Open House Session 1: 6 p.m.
    • Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
    • Open House Session 2: 7 p.m.

Community Workshop #3

When: Saturday, September 6; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Wilderness Park - Recreation Room - 10999 Little Lake Rd., Downey, 9024
    • Open House Session 1: 10 a.m.
    • Presentation: 10:30 a.m.
    • Open House Session 2: 11 a.m.
Valley: Provide input for the streetscaping of Lankershim in between Moorpark and Cahuenga by filling out this survey by September 1st.
LACBC Members Save at Gelateria Uli  in DTLA

Welcome to our new neighborhood business partner: Gelateria Uli, a gelato shop that also serves excellent gourmet coffee!

LACBC members save 10% when you show your LACBC membership card.

Gelateria Uli is located at 541 S. Spring Street, inside the Spring Arcade in Downtown L.A., and can be found on the web at, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Find a list of all of our business partners and member discounts at
What's Ringing Our Bike Bells: Emmy Nominee Tom Smuts of Mad Men Biked 17 Miles to the Emmys
Emmy Nominee Tom Smuts of Mad Men Bikes 17-miles to the 2014 Emmy
Emmy Nominee Tom Smuts of Mad Men Bikes 17 Miles to the 2014 Emmys


And the award for Outstanding Commute to the Emmys goes to. . . Tom Smuts of Mad Men! The writer-producer may not have biked away with a golden statue (he was nominated as a producer of Mad Men for Outstanding Drama Series), but this LACBC member won many accolades for riding his bike to the Emmys on Monday. (He just beat out talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who took the subway in.)


We rode 17 miles with Tom and his friends from his home in Santa Monica to the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE to beat Monday rush hour traffic and have a lot fun! For Tom, who often commutes by bike, this ride wasn't just a way to get from point A to point B but a pre-party on wheels. We were having so much fun that we were soon running behind schedule and had to speed up towards the end. With some improvisation, Tom did make it in time to walk the red carpet and looked dapper in his suit and bike helmet.


Thank you to Tom Smuts, his family, the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, Mayor Garcetti's Office, Loyola Law School, the Television Academy, Rapha, and Tern.


You can check out some highlights from the ride on Twitter (#bike2emmys) and see photos on Facebook


Branimir Kvartuc also put together this great video.


Check out more press from: The Hollywood ReporterKPCCL.A. TimesUS News and World ReportLAist, NBC4, Streetsblog, among others.

Events, Meetings, & Volunteer Opportunities


233rd City of Los Angeles Walk and Bike Ride Celebration

When: Saturday, August 30; bike ride meets at 7:30 a.m. and rides at 8:00 a.m., walk at 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Where: Mission San Gabriel -428 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Happy 233rd birthday, Los Angeles! Celebrate by riding your bike with LACBC and Eastside Bike Club or walking with L.A. Walks on a re-creation of our founders' historic trek from Mission San Gabriel to El Pueblo de Historic Monument. See Facebook event.

El Grande Fondo Training Ride #4
When: Saturday, August 30 meet at 8:30 a.m., ride at 9:00 a.m.
Where: John Anson Ford Park - 8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens (parking on Scout Avenue, map)
This week's training ride builds distance-with some climbing thrown in! We'll ride south from John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens for several flat miles along the Rio Hondo and Los Angeles Rivers to Wilmington and then on to the Palos Verdes Peninsula via San Pedro for some vistas of the Pacific and cooler ocean breezes. No El Grade training ride would be complete without exercising our climbing legs, so we'll climb over the peninsula on Hawthorne Boulevard and Silver Spur before more flat miles along the rivers. The ride is roughly 65 miles, with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Should take us between 5 and 6 hours. Bring at least two water bottles.RSVP: strongly encouraged, via, so we can send you last-minute advisories, particularly about weather.

Justice for Milt Olin: Ride and Vigil
When: Wednesday, September 3; ride meets at 4:00 p.m. see full schedule
More info in newsletter.

Carson Sunday Funday Ride
When: Sunday, September 7; meet at 9:30 a.m., ride at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Stevenson Park - 17400 Lysander Dr., Carson
More info in newsletter.

Basic Bicycling Skills for LACBC Members
When: Saturday, September 20; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room - 634 S. Spring St., Downtown L.A.
This 2-hour workshop will provide you with basic information you can use to safely ride your bicycle on the streets of LA County. The workshop for LACBC members includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home with you. Instruction is classroom only - we will not be riding. Bringing your bicycle is optional. RSVP here.

Welcome Reception for LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds
When: Tuesday, September 23; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: DTLA location TBA
Join LACBC, L.A. Walks, Streetsblog L.A., and Safe Routes to School National Partnership for a reception to welcome new L.A. Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds. More details to come. RSVP here.

El Grande Fondo de Los Angeles Crest

When: Saturday, October 18

Where: Angeles Crest

Save the date for the El Grande Fondo de Los Angeles Crest! Its 3 rides roll out from Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park and travel through Big Tujunga Canyon passing chaparral and riparian fire recovery areas before climbing out of the canyon toward the pines along Angeles Crest Highway. This ride benefits the National Forest Foundation and LACBC. More info at


Firefly Ball Awards Gala

When: Thursday, October 30; 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Farmers and Merchants National Bank - 401 S. Main St., Downtown Los Angeles
Named for its timing with the seasonal launch of Operation Firefly, an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC, the Firefly Ball is a light-filled evening of art, music, food and drink. Celebrate with us as we honor community members doing good bike work while raising much needed funds for L.A.'s largest full-service bike advocacy nonprofit--the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!

This year's honorees are: Andy Leeka - Passionate Pedal Award; Alex Baum - The Alex Baum Award for Achievement in Advocacy; and Suja Lowenthal - The Innovator Award. Get your tickets here!


California by Bike 2014 Surf 'N Turf

When: Friday, October 31 to Wednesday, November 5

Where: Santa Barbara to San Diego

Join the California Bicycle Coalition on its inaugural fundraising tour this Fall 2014 from Santa Barbara to San Diego. This phenomenal five-day fully supported tour will be the only in California to strictly raise funding to support advocacy groups. When you join the ride through this link, $250 of your total raised will be dedicated to LACBC. For more information, visit:

LACBC Local Chapters - Join when you become an LACBC member or renew your membership!

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Contact Information

Carol Feucht
Membership & Communications Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition


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