“Operation Firefly” (Operacíon Luciérnaga) 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 occurred 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.
We're proud to announce that the upcoming 2015-2016 season of Operation Firefly is sponsored by the Laemmle Charitable Foundation. The foundation benefits nonprofits agencies working to improve life in Los Angeles through addressing social and environmental issues critical to the region.
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 RSVP up here!
SPONSOR OPERATION FIREFLY!
Join the Laemmle Charitable Foundation in helping to make this next season of 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!
HOW DOES OPERATION FIREFLY WORK?
LACBC organizes groups of volunteers to meet for “street distributions” at undisclosed locations throughout Los Angeles where night-time bicycle ridership is expected to be high. The volunteers stop people who are riding bikes without lights in order to give them front and rear lights along with an information “spoke card” that explains the law for riding at night as well as tips they should know for night-time safety. The spoke cards are printed in English and Spanish and our “Team Firefly” volunteers always include at least a few people who speak Spanish (as well as female members to encourage female riders to stop).
For the most recent season, we typically allocated 50-100 light sets for each street distribution, depending on expected bicyclist volume. Our goal was to hand out all the lights or continue for two hours, whichever came first. In many cases, we ran out of lights before we ran out of time.