Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.
News and Events
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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 Ghost Bikes 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
- 4:00 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).
The route follows major streets through the San Fernando Valley and Griffith Park to Downtown Los Angeles. Riders will be expected to stay alert and follow all traffic laws. The ride is scheduled to arrive in Downtown just after sunset, therefore lights are required by law.
The route is 30 miles. Riders should come prepared with water and snacks to stay fueled.
- Start at the L.A. Zoo parking lot (5333 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, CA 90027) for an approximately 10-mile ride into Downtown. Please arrive no later than 6:15 and be ready to ride by 6:30 p.m.
- Start in Calabasas, ride 17 miles to the Universal City Red Line station (located at Lankershim Blvd and Campo de Cahuenga), and take the Red Line to Civic Center, where the D.A.’s office is located (210 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Riders who lag behind the main group will be asked to take this option.
- Join us for the vigil. People are welcome to skip the ride and meet us at the D.A.’s office. The ride is expected to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.
- Meet us along the way. We will do our best to live-tweet our location with the hashtag #rideformilt. Follow us @lacbc.
Getting to the ride:
- The start is on a suburban section of Mulholland Highway with little to no on-street parking (approximate address: 22532 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302). We recommend taking the Metro Orange Line or Orange Line Bike Path to De Soto or Canoga and riding from there. Free park-and-rides are available along the Orange Line.
- Check out the Facebook event and feel free to post feeder rides there.
Getting from the ride:
- The best option is always riding (with lights!) or taking transit.
- If you parked at a Metro Orange Line park-and-ride, take the Red Line from Civic Center to North Hollywood. Then either transfer to the Orange Line (limit 3 bikes per bus) or ride along the Orange Line Bike Path to your car.
Questions? Post them in the Facebook event or call the office at 213-629-2142 and we’ll do our best to respond before the ride.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00am - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) are partnersing through the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative to compete for a LA2050 grant that will change the narrative about mobility in LA County and lift up the voices of people who walk, ride a bike, and take transit.
If awarded, the project will highlight how people across Los Angeles County are currently traveling and support a shared vision of not only regional success for mobility, but empathy and compassion for travel needs of all users—all ages, abilities and income levels. These stories can reframe the narrative on mobility in LA by Angelenos themselves, from their own experiences and hopes. By infusing important transportation policy conversations with real experiences from people throughout the region, particularly in traditionally underserved communities like Central, South and East LA, the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley, we hope to unite diverse perspectives around common themes and galvanize support for a transportation system that improves safety and independence for all.
Learn more about the project and vote here: http://myla2050live.maker.good.is/projects/LAGetsThere
Voting is open from September 2nd through September 16th.
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 today. (He just beat out talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who took the subway in.)
For the first time in over 40 years, the annual television awards show was held on a Monday evening (instead of a Sunday), meaning that both Emmys traffic and regular weekday rush hour traffic would be converging at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown L.A. Mr. Smuts, who commutes by bike to his work several times a week, decided that he wanted to bike to the Emmys to show that it is possible to bike anywhere in anything and that it is so much fun. He did just that, riding 17 miles from his home in Santa Monica to Downtown L.A.
Mr. Smuts rode out with a mix of family and friends and folks from LACBC, the City of Los Angele Bicycle Advisory Committee, amd Mayor Garcetti’s office, who were stylishly outfitted in clothing from Rapha and riding trusty Tern folding bikes. Some steps we took to ensure that we looked their best for the red carpet: starting early so that we could ride at an easy pace, planning out a route beforehand that utilized bike infrastructure and calm streets (we took both streets with bike infrastructure like 4th St. and 7th St., as well as streets with proposed bike infrastructure like San Vicente and 6th St. in the Mid-City area), wearing clothing that both looked good and felt comfortable, carrying the proper tools to keep our bikes running and ourselves looking good, having pit stops (like the one at Loyola Law School) to freshen up at. We also had to improvise a bit, as we perhaps enjoyed ourselves too much at the beginning of the ride and had to speed it up towards the end to make it on time.
Mr. Smuts did make it in time to walk the red carpet this evening and looked dapper in his suit and bike helmet.
While not everyone will ride 17 miles every day, this ride reminds us of the possibilities of riding in our city. Bike to work, bike to school, bike to the grocery store, bike to a fancy awards show with the biggest names in television. Los Angeles is a biking city, and there is no event you can't ride to here. Plus, biking as a group to an event is the best kind of pre-party!
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.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
"Just a quick note to say thanks so much for the class today. I just moved to LA from Minneapolis and navigating the traffic on my bike has been a bit intimating. Your class really helped me feel more confident. The ride home was great!" - class attendee, LACBC member.
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.
- Proper helmet fit
- ABC Quick Check (checking your bicycle)
- Rules of the Road
- Riding Visibly & Predictably
- Traffic Principles for Bicyclists
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, Edison Room - 634 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles 90014
RSVP: RSVP is required. RSVP here.
This workshop is free for LACBC members only. Not a member? Become a member today.
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.
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:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, Kevin.James@lacity.org, Monica.Rodriguez@lacity.org, Matt.Szabo@lacity.org, Mike.Davis@lacity.org, Barbara.Romero@lacity.org
Subject: Save the Hyperion Bridge Sidewalk: Support Option 3
Dear Councilmembers 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.