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.
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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.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:30am
Sunday Funday Ride Led by the Carson Bicycle Coalition
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 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 Mall, 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.
About Sunday Fundays: Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online or become a member at the ride at a discounted price. You can join the Carson Bicycle Coalition when you sign up (for online membership, you'll be prompted after you sign up online), at no extra cost to you.
The Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect on September 16, 2014. The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance." The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
One key to making the new law effective is to make sure the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAA, Wire Media, and CalBike to create an “I Give 3 Feet” graphic for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties to download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.
Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:
- Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance."
- This new law defines “safe distance” as three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction.
- If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
- Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
- Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic, and their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. You can request the window clings and the CalBike stickers directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form
Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.