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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December 18, 2014 News 0 Comments

After an extensive national search, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Tamika Butler to lead LACBC into the next phase of continued growth as we further our mission to make the Los Angeles region a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike.

“I'm really proud of the process and results of the search and couldn’t be more excited about Tamika as our next Executive Director,” says LACBC Board President Steve Boyd. “Tamika is the ideal leader to write LACBC’s next chapter.”

Tamika brings to LACBC a proven track record of sustainably expanding and running programs and organizations, as well as a policy and advocacy background. She spent three years as an employment lawyer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and most recently comes from Liberty Hill Foundation, where she was the Director of Social Change Strategies. She first made her mark in Los Angeles as the California Director at the startup policy and advocacy organization Young Invincibles, where she managed the west coast regional staff, was the media and policy spokesperson, organized and led coalitions, developed curriculum and trainings, and fundraised to expand the organization’s presence on the west coast. She also developed relationships with community leaders and state and local lawmakers to advance the organization’s policy goals.

"I am thrilled to have the privilege to become the next Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and look forward to continuing the success, growth and cutting edge work of the organization. Biking in Los Angeles County has personally changed my life and deepens my love of the region every time I go for a ride. We're lucky to live and bike in a county full of diverse communities that motivate this talented staff and me to push towards building a healthier, more vibrant Los Angeles County. I am excited to start pedaling, dig deep, and get to work with our members and partners, within and across sectors, as we race to the front lines of the nationwide movement to create bikeable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods." One of Tamika’s top priorities is to grow the diversity of LACBC staff and coalition membership.

When Jen Klausner started as Executive Director in 2007, there was only one other employee at headquarters and it was a real struggle to keep doors open. Jen and the organization faced an uphill battle at City Hall to pass the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan and get pavement striped with room for bikes. Seven years later, under her leadership, there are now twelve employees working on your behalf with a LOT of successes! Our growing roster of twelve local chapters will extend that reach even further as we strive to more fully represent the diversity of those who bicycle and want to bicycle in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Tamika brings deep experience in social justice work and looks forward to working with the full range of communities across the county. We couldn’t be more excited.

Jen says, “Our new Executive Director Tamika Butler brings a fresh perspective to the leadership of LACBC, and one that is so relevant to the growth of the bike-ped movement and to important dialogues happening here and in cities across the nation. I am confident in Tamika's ability to take LACBC to the next level, and I, for one, will be staying tuned and keeping my membership current, because this organization is poised to do great things in the coming years. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Tamika!”

Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, agrees that Tamika will make a great Executive Director: "Tamika is a dynamic, innovative leader who will be a huge asset to the LACBC team. She brought Young Invincibles to new heights and I know that she'll do the same in her new role!"

We look forward to introducing Tamika to our members, partners and supporters at the first available opportunity in January. Look for announcements of those opportunities in our weekly newsletter, on the website, and through Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget—as part of our end of year campaign, any donation at the $250 level and above will get you an invitation to our January 22nd Donor Thank You Party—an intimate gathering with our brand new Executive Director, Tamika Butler, in attendance. Hope to see you there!

December 11, 2014 Event 0 Comments

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:00am

With 24-hours notice, buried in an attachment to an arcane council file, Councilmember Gil Cedillo revealed his intentions for the controversial North Figueroa “Great Streets” project on Tuesday. During years of community input into the Bicycle Plan and Mobility Plan, community meeting upon community meeting, rides and marches, safe streets advocates have rallied under a vision of a “Figueroa for All” that would create a safer street for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and drivers. In other words, a complete street. Squashing this community vision for an inclusive and equitable street, Cedillo’s vision swaps bike lanes for diagonal car parking--a clear violation of the City’s Bicycle and Mobility Plans as well as Metro’s new Complete Streets Policy. (Metro is the agency that Cedillo is applying to for funding.) It appears that the lofty rhetoric that accompanied North Figueroa’s selection as a “Great Street” has come crashing down amidst Cedillo’s lack of vision.

While Councilmembers are treated with extreme deference on matters in their district, Cedillo is now asking the full City Council to sign off on his incomplete street and spend City staff resources applying for funding for a project that will be out of date before the ink is dry on the application. We ask you to write the City Council requesting that they uphold the integrity of citywide plans and refuse to include North Figueroa in the City’s funding application unless it includes a complete street. If you are able, please join us at City Council on Tuesday, December 16, at 10 a.m. to speak on this item (Council File # 14-1680). Email alek@la-bike.org to let us know you’re coming.

To: cityhall@empowerla.org
Bcc: info@la-bike.org
Subj: CF# 14-1680: Metro Call for Projects

Dear City Council Members,

The City of Los Angeles is at an exciting time for transportation. With bike plan implementation well underway, “Great Streets” and “Vision Zero” in the conversation, an innovative new Mobility Plan around the corner and new projects being built on our streets all the time, we’ve seen Angelenos of all types embrace new transportation options. As the City looks to fund future transportation projects with limited resources, it is absolutely critical that every project meets the City’s strategic objectives and be consistent with the general plan, so that our investments live up the their potential in creating safe, livable and prosperous neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, the proposed project on North Figueroa leaves out critical elements of a complete street, falling short of the community’s ambitious vision of a “Figueroa for All.” At the last community meeting, and many community meetings before, residents overwhelmingly spoke in favor of streets that accommodate all travelers safely: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and drivers. In July, the LA Times said this about North Figueroa: “Unless some demonstrable miscalculation was made in the bike plan, or unless there's a real safety issue, individual City Council members should not be tinkering with the plan, which was designed carefully with the whole city in mind.” We are now asking for the full City Council to uphold the integrity of its citywide plans and the community’s longstanding request for a complete street.

The scope of the proposed project on North Figueroa does not represent the community’s vision, is not consistent with City plans and does not qualify under Metro’s new Complete Streets Policy. Please either re-scope this application to include a complete street or remove it from the list so that the community can have more of a voice in making our streets safe for everyone.

Sincerely,
(Name)
(Address)

December 1, 2014 News 0 Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, the Beverly Hills City Council again discussed the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project, which will completely rebuild the corridor from the ground up with new drainage, pavement and street furniture. This reconstruction provides a perfect opportunity to rebuild Santa Monica Boulevard as a complete street, instead of the inhospitable mini-freeway it is today. However, a small, but vocal group of residents north of the boulevard has undermined the City's Blue Ribbon Committee recommendation to widen the boulevard by a few feet to accommodate bike lanes and landscaped medians. Bowing to their pressure, an ad hoc committee of two council members reversed the recommendation to instead maintain the current width and not include bike lanes.

At Tuesday's council meeting, more than twice as many Beverly Hills residents and neighbors spoke up in favor of bike lanes as opposed them. LACBC presented a letter calling into question the legality of proceeding with a project that is inconsistent with the City's General Plan and Bicycle Master Plan, which call for bike lanes on the corridor. All of this support made an impression on the City Council, however we have yet to see if this sympathy will change the outcome. Ultimately, the council ran out of time and continued the item to their January 6th meeting. We do not yet know if this will be another study session in the afternoon or at the regular council meeting in the evening.

Thank you to those of you who attended and voiced support for bike lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard, and to the many more of you who emailed the City Council your support. Stay tuned!

December 1, 2014 News 0 Comments

Attention all Metro Bike Locker Renters! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will be transferring the administration of the locker program back to Metro, effective January 31, 2015. There will be a transition period from December 2014 to the end of January 2015. The locker hotline, (213) 922-2660, will remain active.

For details, read the letter from Metro and LACBC here.

November 19, 2014 News 0 Comments

With the time change in early November, the 2014-2015 season of Operation Firefly is under way with bike light distributions all across the County! Team Firefly has already distributed lights in North Hollywood, Pacoima, and Atwater.

Thank you to the Laemmle Charitable Foundation for its sponsorship of the season. 

We'd also like to thank our Team Firefly volunteers for distributing lights and bringing light to riders!

Volunteer for Operation Firefly

Join Team Firefly and volunteer to help distribute lights throughout the season and throughout the County. If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up here. We several have bike light distributions coming up in December in Watts, West L.A., Highland Park, and Huntington Park, and we need volunteers like you to help double the number of people we serve this season.

Donate to Operation Firefly and Help It Grow

Operation Firefly is an education and bike light distribution program intended to make sure people riding bikes in Los Angeles are riding safely at night. According to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48% of bicyclist fatalities in the U.S. were at night and 69% were in urban areas. The importance of night-time visibility for bicyclists is clear.

Help make this season of Operation Firefly bigger and better, so we can reach even more night-time bicycle riders. Last winter, we served 1,000 people during the Operation Firefly season. This year, we want to double that number to 2,000 people, county-wide. This means more street distributions, more lights and materials, and more funding that will be needed. Help us meet our expenses for running the Operation Firefly program.

There are several fun levels at which you can join Team Firefly and receive a premium - buy a set of lights and give a set for $25. Or, buy a set, give a set, and get an Operation Firefly bicycling cap for $50. You can also make a general donation to the Operation Firefly program. No amount is too small, or too large! Every donation helps and we need your help. Give the gift of light today!

Learn more and make your donation at: la-bike.org/OperationFirefly

 

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