Operation Firefly

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Operation Firefly (Operacíon Luciérnaga) is an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC 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.  

We focus on lights because lights can prevent collisions. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 68% of U.S. bicyclist fatalities in 2013 were in urban areas, and 48% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. 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 AARP is the Season Sponsor for Operation Firefly in 2016-2017.

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How Does Operation Firefly Work?

LACBC organizes groups of “Team Firefly” 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 bilingual safety information and to survey each light recipient.  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. Last year, 81% of our light recipients told us that their bicycle was their main form of transportation and only 2% knew all the legal requirements for night-time riding.


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  here!

For frequent updates, sign up for Team Firefly to get information as soon as it's added.


Support Operation Firefly      

Last year we met our goal of providing lights and safety information to 2,500 people county wide. This year, our goal is to serve 3,000 people. You can support Operation Firefly by making a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!

 

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