LACBC Family: A Week Biking along Pacific Coast Highway with Family

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(photos by Joe Linton)

The Pacific Coast Highway has an amazing stretch of scenery that people travel from all over the world just to visit. Most will pack up the family and drive along the majority of the coast, getting just a compartmentalized view while confined inside a car.

It may sound intimidating touring the coast with your family by bike, but as many parents have discovered, committing to go car-free is an experience that is more than worthwhile.

Joe Linton has traveled PCH before by bike and recently spent a week-long excursion with his wife Carrie Lincourt and three-year-old daughter Maeve, riding almost 150 miles carrying all they needed.

As the co-founder of LACBC dating back to 1998 and an experienced cyclist, Joe wasn't intimidated planning this journey and is already looking forward to the next family vacation again on two wheels.

Joe wrote about his travels as editor of Streetsblog LA and gave more details about his trip for LACBC Family.

 

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Firefly Ball Passionate Pedal Award: The Walt Disney Company

DisneyLogoSm.pngThe Passionate Pedal Award is presented to an individual or company who exemplifies a commitment to LACBC’s core value of ensuring that those that work and live in LA county have the freedom and safety to move around the county by bike or on foot. Recipients of this award encourage and promote alternative modes of transportation through personal and / or business initiatives that provide a model for other sectors. This year's recipient for the Passionate Pedal Award goes to the Walt Disney Company.

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Firefly Ball Innovator Award: Meghan Sahli-Wells

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The Firefly Ball Innovator Award is presented yearly to a local official whose cycling advocacy efforts have made a broad impact in Los Angeles County. LACBC recognizes a innovative champion of bicycling who recognizes that communities that are better for people who bike are better for all community members. Meghan Sahli-Wells will be receiving this year's award following our inaugural winner, Suja Lowenthal, and last year's co-honorees, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander. 

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Firefly Ball Alex Baum Excellence in Advocacy Award: Ovarian Psycos Cycles Brigade

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The Alex Baum Excellence in Advocacy Award is presented yearly to a group or individual whose cycling advocacy efforts have made significant impacts in Los Angeles County. Past winners of the award are Alex Baum and Tafarai Bayne.  This year’s recipients are the Ovarian Psycos. We honor them for their work in blazing a path and creating brave spaces for women, queer people and people of color who bike throughout the county at the intersections of different identities and bicycling concerns.  The Ovarian Psycos Cycles Brigade (OPC) was established on L.A.’s Eastside during the summer of 2010 for the purpose of healing communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues. OPC envisions a world where womxn are change agents who create and maintain holistic health in themselves and their respective communities for present and future generations.

 

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LACBC Family: A Kid's Perspective from Matlock Grossman

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There are no boundaries defining who can be a cycling advocate.

Last year when a group of Silver Lake residents discussed the Rowena Avenue road diet at a town hall, the voice that gave the audience the most clarity came from 11-year old Matlock Grossman.

His speech highlighting the need to make the streets safe for everybody not only struck a nerve in his neighborhood, but also made waves across the whole city.

Matlock loves riding his bike and continues to promote safe streets for everyone. 

Still, biking around Los Angeles can be challenging and Matlock shares his thoughts about what it's like to ride around as a kid:

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LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler to Receive National Award from the Association of Pedestrian and Biking Professionals

Tamika_005.JPGToday the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession. Four Professional of the Year awards and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the APBP annual meeting at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Vancouver, Canada, on September 12, 2016.

Among the many honorees, Tamika Butler, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), will receive the award for 2016 Professional of the Year-Nonprofit Sector.

Tamika provides bold and effective leadership in Los Angeles County while working to build a more inclusive movement at the local, state, and national level. As a speaker, she challenges audiences to wake up and understand the ways that structural racism and privilege play out in our transportation system. Under Tamika's leadership, LACBC led a diverse coalition to fight for L.A.'s Mobility Plan 2035, a groundbreaking transportation plan that the Alliance for Biking and Walking recognized as the 2016 Winning Campaign of the Year. Last year, Tamika and LACBC helped to launch the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, a diverse coalition of walking, biking, and community-based organizations, to support Mayor Garcetti’s Vision Zero Initiative, which aims to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. Tamika and LACBC are now active in supporting a countywide half-cent sales tax measure to fund transportation projects, including many biking and walking projects, across Los Angeles County.

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LACBC Family: Meet Terence Heuston, L.A. Bike Dad

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Riding with your children is fun and Terence Heuston has been sharing this pleasure with his blog, L.A. Bike Dad.

His site has been an instant hit blending a combination of insightfulness, honesty, and humor with his adventures of riding around Los Angeles with his four-year-old son.

As a working actor, photographer, and award-winning filmmaker, cycling provides a balance of spending quality time with the family while juggling an unpredictable work schedule.

We catch up with Terence as he shares his thoughts and stories on how the bicycle has become an honorary member of the family.

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Sights of the Los Angeles City Birthday Ride

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(photos by Dale Zapata)

Every year, thousands of Angelenos come to Olvera Street celebrating the birthday of Los Angeles, but our early history stretches far beyond the original pueblo.

The region was originally settled in 1771 when Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was founded along the Whittier Narrows.

A flood washed out the establishment five years later and a new mission was built further upstream.

Governor Felipe de Neve wanted to place a second mission along the Los Angeles River, but King Charles III of Spain instead mandated that a pueblo would be founded to serve as a focal point for commerce and agriculture.

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LACBC Bikes, Buses, and Walks to Environmental Night at Dodger Stadium

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LACBC returned for its yearly pilgrimage to Dodger Stadium for Climate Resolve's Environmental Night at Dodger Stadium last night.

While baseball is the main attraction, getting to the game car-free adds to the experience taking away the stress of being stuck in traffic.

To showcase our three-mile trip, we put together a photo journal to show how easy and fun it is to get to the stadium by a variety of means. 

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