L.A. River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Community Meetings

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The dream of a completed L.A. River Bikeway and Greenway through the San Fernando Valley will finally become a reality, and you can play a role in shaping this important corridor.

In July, an engineering firm and team of designers were selected to plan the river's 12.5-mile layout from Vanalden Avenue to Forest Lawn Drive, but the issue of how the construction would be paid for was still a looming question at the time.

With the passage of Measure M, the bikeway has a secured funding source that will help realize the many bridges and underpasses needed to make this a first-class connection across the Valley.

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Bike Count Results Are In! Help L.A. Move in the Right Direction

Dear Supporters,

As we close out 2016, it’s been a year to remember. From the election to continuing to advocate for a strong Mobility Plan 2035 to the passage of Measure M, this year has presented challenges, but also many successes. Today the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and AARP are releasing the results and findings of the Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, a citywide survey of walking and biking safety and accessibility in Los Angeles. The count, which was conducted in September 2015 in partnership with Los Angeles Walks, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and local organizations, covered 156 unique locations across Los Angeles.

Here’s what we found: when you build bike lanes, more people bike. However, the number of bike lanes being built in Los Angeles has decreased.

What does that mean for LACBC? We have more work to do! We’re using the release of this report to kick off our campaign for your support in this fight.

Will you donate today to help us push our elected officials to deliver on the promises of Mobility Plan 2035, Vision Zero, and Measure M?

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Why is your support necessary? We can’t do this without you. Your support helps ensure that we are present at city halls across the county, Metro board meetings, and different community meetings and workshops where we represent you and your voice.

Want to know more about the report? Here is what else we found:

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Your help will be needed more than ever to ensure that L.A. gets back on track to build quality bike infrastructure across L.A. County. We’ll need you to contact your local officials, show up to meetings, and support LACBC to ensure that Los Angeles moves in the right direction.

As we gear up for 2017, make a donation to LACBC today!

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As an added bonus, any donation from now through December 31st will enter you to win a bicycle from Pure Cycles. Every bit helps and every donation gets you an entry.

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Download the the bike count report, and help L.A. move in the right direction.

Thank you for your support!

Tamika L. Butler, Esq.
Executive Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
tamika@la-bike.org

P.S. We hope to see you at the LACBC Open House on Wednesday, December 7th!


Lack of Communication Continues at L.A. River Closure Workshop

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On Monday night at the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park, a number of constituents gathered for the Glendale Narrows Public Workshop hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers.

All path users were concerned over the sudden closure of the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path until the end of March, which marks the second time this year that this public greenway has closed for an extended period of time with insufficient community outreach.

The evening featured a number of tables set up to address various issues surrounding the L.A. River, but people were disappointed when the group presentation contained little information and lasted long enough just for people to get seated. 

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Off the Chain with Tamika: The Future Is Bright for L.A. County

Hey LACBC Fam,

Usually, I write my Off the Chain around the 15th, but this month we wanted to do it early because we have some BIG victories to celebrate. Everything we endorsed on the ballot won! Now in Los Angeles County, Measure M is a reality. Our work won’t end here, but the first step to #makeLACounty bikeable, livable, and connected is complete. There will also be more jobs and housing for all people in Los Angeles thanks to a victory on JJJ. We were part of a coalition to Build a Better LA and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll also see funding for parks with the passage of Measure A, and the equitable growth of green space is coming to your neighborhood.  Los Angeles took a stand to support our neighbors who are homeless and say that we won’t stand for it any longer thanks to an HHH victory. Finally, in Santa Monica, LV failed and sustainable development and affordable housing will continue to be a possibility in the city.

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LACBC FAM!! WE DID IT!! Our staff worked ridiculously hard during this campaign season and I can’t thank them enough. We’ve been everywhere and doing everything we can to ensure victory and we did it. YOU did everything you could, you hosted personal phone banking parties and knocked on doors, you VOTED. You also showed up to all of our phone banking sessions at HQ and you made sure that other members of LACBC heard why these measures were important and made the right decision at the ballot box. Thank you. We could not have done this without you. As I said, our work isn’t over. These victories mean nothing if we don’t hold elected officials responsible and make sure implementation happens. We’re on the job and ready to do it. Sign up to be a member to celebrate, or support us by making a donation, or sign up to receive our updates. We’re still going to need you. If this election showed us anything, it’s that we’re stronger together. Let’s keep rolling, let’s make our vision of L.A. County a reality.

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How LACBC Staff Will Bike, Bus, and Walk the Vote Today

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Today is Election Day! In addition to voting for the next U.S. President and statewide positions, there are several local initiatives that you can vote on to help shape the future of Los Angeles.

As a reminder, here is how you can #BikeTheVote:

1. Find your polling place at lavote.net/locator. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2. Know your voting rights. Your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote. You can vote if your name isn’t on the list using a provisional ballot. You can vote after polls close, as long as you’re in line. You can change your vote if you make a mistake — just ask for a new ballot. You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to any polling location (and you can trade it for a new one if you make a mistake on it).

3. Learn more about our ballot positions and view candidate surveys at la-bike.org/vote.

Below, the LACBC staff shares how they will be getting to the polls today.
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Measure M: #MakeLACounty Connected with the Pomona Valley

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Bikes taking over the streets at the Pomona Christmas Parade.

Sitting along the eastern edge of L.A. County, the Pomona Valley continues to rise.

Home to Route 66, Claremont Colleges, L.A. County Fairgrounds, La Verne Mansion, and historic Old Town San Dimas, the Pomona Valley is a growing region that is in need of better connectivity.

On top of many transportation improvements, Measure M would bring $3.6 million in local return every year to the Pomona Valley to improve local infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes.

These investments would also supplement the proposed Gold Line extension which will connect Downtown Los Angeles with Claremont.

We spoke with John Trendler of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, a local chapter of LACBC, to describe the area's current landscape and how Measure M can help #MakeLACounty connected. 

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Voice Your Concerns About the L.A. River Path Closure at Monday’s Meeting

River_Gate_Closed.jpgLast month, we were alarmed to learn that portions of the L.A. River Bike and Pedestrian Path in the Elysian Valley section were closed down to all users due to flood risk management and vegetation removal, with very limited announcement. The Army Corps’ notice on September 16th states that work was set to start on September 19th, but there is no mention of what that work would entail and how that might affect the path with closures.

We issued an action alert and want to remind everyone of Monday’s upcoming meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers:

When: Monday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Friendship Auditorium - 3201 Riverside Drive, Griffith Park

View the notice.

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Measure M: #MakeLACounty Livable in the South Bay

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The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is excited about the many improvements Measure M would bring across L.A. County if it passes on November 8th.

In the South Bay, Measure M would providing additional funding for implementation of the seven-city South Bay Bicycle Master Plan that LACBC helped form and pass in 2011.

LACBC's Planning and Policy Director, Bryan Moller, explains some of the specifics on how Measure M will make the South Bay more livable.

Learn more about Measure M and pledge to vote yes on M this November 8th at la-bike.org/MeasureM.


LACBC's 3rd Annual Firefly Ball Is Another Night of Fun

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Last Thursday night, LACBC hosted our 3rd Annual Firefly Ball at The Reserve in Downtown Los Angeles. Not only does our fundraiser honor leaders in the bicycling community, but it also helps launch us into the new Operation Firefly season and is a party full of good drink, good food, good conversation, and good times.

We rounded up some of our favorite photos from the night, and they are posted below.

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An L.A. River Path for All Users

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The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition appreciates Councilmember O’Farrell and LADOT’s recent response to address issues on the Elysian Valley portion of the L.A. River Bike & Pedestrian Path. The path is a highly used route for both biking and walking for both commuting and recreational purposes. The path connects neighborhoods and people, and local Elysian Valley residents enjoy the green space that the L.A. River provides. We envision a future in which the path is fully complete, running continuously from the west San Fernando Valley all the way to Long Beach and serving as a vital part of a countywide greenway network.

We believe that the suggested future enhancements for the Elysian Valley section are a step in the right direction. Signage and stenciling are important to notify all users to slow down and to look for others, especially when the path is crowded. However, we do believe that there are more things that the City of Los Angeles can do to keep all path users safe, and we do have some concerns about suggested changes.
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